The Fruit.Net programme (pome and stone fruit) in Catalonia (NE Spain)


Abstract: The Fruit.Net Project has been carried out since 2009 on apple orchards in Girona and since 2011 on peach orchards in Lleida, both in Catalonia, Spain. The main objectives are to reduce chemical spraying by maximising the use of alternative methods, and to minimize residue content on fruits at harvest.Strategies of pest and disease control were based on predictive models for apple scab and brown rot on peach, mating disruption for codling moth and oriental fruit moth, and mass trapping for Mediterranean fruit fly. These strategies required far fewer fungicide and insecticide sprayings and, at preharvest, fewer residues of active ingredients of pesticides were found in the Fruit.Net fruits compared with samples from orchards under standard management.

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