Successful insect spraying operations in Mediterranean climates


Abstract: In the Mediterranean climate, weather is one of the most important factors whichdetermine whether a spray operation is a success or a failure. Other factors include the sprayformulation, the spray equipment, aircraft type, phenological conditions, characteristics of theforest canopy, and the pilot skills/attitude. In this presentation, I will discuss some of themeteorological factors that affect aerial spraying operations and the guidelines that should befollowed to achieve high levels of control of forest insect pests. Comments on how to organizeand carry-out a successful aerial spray operation will also be made.

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