Phytosanitary

Phytosanitary and Market Access

Phytosanitary issues are a significant risk to the industry. Oriental fruit fly and the concerns regarding false codling moth are relevant examples. The current research projects address a number of relevant issues including applied research on fumigation using novel materials. The research programme is aimed at ensuring effective management of phytosanitary pests and diseases and ensuring access to markets. The carbon calculator has become a necessity in order to be able to do business in major export markets.

Expertise:
Phytosanitary and Biosecurity Workgroup
Integrated Pest Management Group

Projects list

  • Bacterial disease survey of major pome fruit production areas in South Africa. (Y Petersen)
  • Updating the Quick Identification Guide for Phytosanitary Pests of South African Deciduous Fruit. (S Johnson)
  • Confronting Climate Change Initiative (A Blignaut) [Abstract]
  • Disinfestation of Bactrocera dorsalis fruit fly-infested apples, pears, nectarines and plums using cold treatment. (T Ware)
  • Disinfestation of Thaumatotibia leucotreta (False Codling Moth)-infested nectarines, plums and media using cold treatment. (T Ware)
  • Upscale and customise ethyl formate fumigation from shipping container to cold room capacity for the control of key phytosanitary pests. (S Johnson)
  • Effect of irradiation as a mitigation treatment on storage quality of early peaches and nectarines for airfreight consignments. (H Viljoen) – also Quality Management
  • Monitoring and database of Bactrocera dorsalis. (N Baard)
  • Ethyl formate fumigation technology – upscaling application towards commercialisation. (S Johnson and R Smit) – funded by the Post-Harvest Innovation (PHI) Programme [Abstract]