Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management

The IPM research programme deals with a wide variety of crop protection issues. The research is aimed at allowing for the more efficient and sustainable management of pests and diseases. Invasive insects such as oriental fruit fly and other phytosanitary pests have influenced the research programme. Research on false codling moth has yielded significant results as has research on biological control.

Integrated Pest Management Group

Projects list

  • Assessing the threat of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle (PSHB, Euwallacea whitfordiodendrus) and its symbiotic fungus (Fusarium euwallaceae) to deciduous fruit trees in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. (F Roets and M de Jager)
  • Phlyctinus callosus taxonomy and field management. (P Addison and S Hansen)
  • Trophic ecology of predaceous mites in apple and pear orchards. (J Terblanche and M Karsten)
  • Implementation of biological control options against false codling moth in laboratory and field trials. (P Addison and F du Preez) [Abstract]
  • Assessment of management methods against pome fruit mites. (T Platt and P Addison) [Abstract]
  • Sequencing the genome and transcriptome of false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta, for pest management. (J Terblanche and M Karsten) [Abstract]
  • False codling moth population genetics: gene flow in agricultu ral environments. (J Terblanche, M Karsten and E Huisamen) [Abstract]
  • Determining the contribution of wild honey bees (pollination ecosystem service) to commercial deciduous fruit production. (R Veldtman and M Allsopp) [Abstract]
  • Pest and disease monitoring in orchards under shade net. (M Addison) [Abstract]
  • Exploration of orchard sanitation and the potential of parasitic wasps for the biological control of fruit flies in South Africa. (P Addison and B Stead) [Abstract]
  • Using biological control (fungi and nematodes) against two sporadic pests in vineyards and orchards. (P Addison and B Dlamini) [Abstract]
  • A study of the distribution of economically significant weevils in the deciduous fruit industry. (K Esler and P Addison) [Abstract]