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Phytosanitary and Market Access

    The threat posed by phytosanitary issues to market access is significant and ongoing. The current management of oriental fruit fly and the concerns regarding false codling moth are relevant examples. The current research projects address a number of issues including applied research on fumigation using novel materials. The research programme is aimed at ensuring the effective management of phytosanitary pests and diseases and ensuring access to markets. The completion of the phytosanitary facility is a significant development.

    Expertise: Phytosanitary and Biosecurity Workgroup | Integrated Pest Management Group

    Research team

    • Dr Renate Smit
    • Dr Julia Meitz-Hopkins
    • Dr T Ware
    • Prof Pia Addison
    • Dr Shelley Johnson
    • Prof Gerhard Pietersen
    • Dr Annika Pienaar
    • Dr Marelize de Villiers
    • Mr Nicolas Basson - Msc
    • Dr Leigh Steyn- Postdoc
    • Mr Terence Asia

    Projects list

    • Postharvest treatment using an ultra-low oxygen environment to control external pests in pome and stone fruit (R Smit)
    • Ethyl formate as a post-harvest treatment to control banded fruit weevil and red spider mites on pome fruit (R Smit)
    • Updating the Quick Identification Guide for Phytosanitary Pests of South African Deciduous Fruit. (S Johnson) [Abstract]
    • Improving integrated control measures against the grain chinch bug, Macchiademus diplopterus. (S Johnson)
    • Postharvest treatment using ultra-low oxygen environment (with and without nitric oxide) to control external pests in pome and stone fruit. (R Smit) [Abstract]
    • Evaluation of the interaction and release of ethyl formate within bio-friendly polymer matrices for postharvest fumigation pome fruit. (R Smit) [Abstract]
    • Ozone fumigation as a post-harvest phytosanitary treatment for insect pests and plant pathogens. (R Smit) [Abstract]
    • Rearing technology and taxonomy of the Cape fly Ceratitis quilicii. (P Addison) [Abstract]
    • Hortgro Technical Symposium Day 3 – 8 June 2022
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