Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management

The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) research deals with a wide spectrum of pests in a number of crops. The research will allow industry to manage pests in a more sustainable and efficient manner. For example, the current research on false codling moth (FCM) genetics will provide a better understanding of which plant hosts the moth utilises, and where the insect overwinters. The research will lead to improved management of the pest on an area wide scale.


Integrated Pest Management Group

Projects list

To read more about these projects click on the title where you’ll be directed to the relevant Annual Report.

New Projects
  • S False codling moth population genetics: gene flow in agricultural environments.
    (J Terblanche and M Karsten)
  • The effects of biotic and abiotic factors on the distribution of economically important weevils in the deciduous fruit industry. (P Addison, B Dlamini and M Magagula)
Current Projects
  • Control of false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta, on stone fruit with mating disruption. (D Stenekamp and T Asia)
  • Maintaining and rearing of insect cultures. (D Stenekamp and T Asia)
  • Integrated management of the control of false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta, on stone fruit and table grapes. (P Addison and V Steyn)
  • Investigating biological control agents for the management of Ceratitis capitate (Wiedemann). (P Addison and M James)
  • Pest and disease monitoring in orchards under shade net. (M Addison)
Completed Projects
  • Screening of apple rootstocks for resistance to woolly apple aphid. (C Costa) – see Rootstocks and Nursery Tree Quality