A bug’s life… and climate change

Could climate change favour growers by impacting on pests? UK researchers found that increased temperatures led to fewer offspring for some bugs. However, it is not necessarily a rosy picture…










We investigated: A bug’s life … in a warmer climate

It is not only fruit growers that struggle with survival in a warmer world.  Our bug friends […]

Fruit Fly: Request for continuation of statutory levy

Fruitfly Africa has lodged a request to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for the continuation of the per hectare statutory levy to fund the area wide Mediterranean fruit fly control programme, in selected production regions for the next four year period, namely 2017-2020. The current statutory levy will expire on 9 August […]

Medflies don’t mind dry conditions, study shows

Stellenbosch – A drying trend in the Western Cape could spell problems for stone and pome fruit producers in the region, as recent findings suggest that the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitus capitata) can tolerate dry conditions.

The Medfly is one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests with a high reproductive potential and whose female […]

CNN Covers Fruit Fly Control in SA

CNN’s Inside Africa covers researchers who have come up with an innovative solution in fighting the threat of fruit flies in South Africa. The solution: A technique that sterilizes male fruit flies.

Check out the video here: http://cnn.it/1OOPPrg

Crop Protection Seminar 2015

About 128 people attended the annual HORTGRO Science Crop Protection Seminar that was held in Stellenbosch last week. The seminar attracted role players from as far afield as Durban, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Matthew Addison, Hortgro Science Crop Protection Manager, said seminars like these are invaluable for the industry. “Not only do role […]

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Report Back: Crop Protection Seminar – Ceres 2014


About 150 growers, scientists, technical advisors and industry role players gathered in Ceres last Wednesday to attend the annual HORTGRO Science Crop Protection Seminar – discussing latest research trends and industry issues relating to the effective and sustainable management of pests and diseases.
Even with the use of pesticides and other modern methods of crop […]

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