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)
  • Phlyctinus callosus taxonomy and field management. (P Addison)
  • Trophic ecology of predaceous mites in apple and pear orchards. (J Terblanche)
  • Understanding trap catch rates in Bactrocera and Ceratitis (Tephritidae) species in orchards. (J Terblanche)
  • Assessment of management methods against pome fruit mites. (T Platt and P Addison) [Abstract]
  • Implementation of biological control options against false codling moth in laboratory and field trials. (P Addison and F du Preez) [Abstract]
  • Maintaining and rearing of insect cultures. (M Addison and T Asia) [Abstract]
  • Sequencing the genome and transcriptome of false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta, for pest management. (J Terblanche and M Karsten) [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]
  • False codling moth population genetics: gene flow in agricultural environments. (J Terblanche, M Karsten and E Huisamen)
  • 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]