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.

Phytosanitary and Biosecurity Workgroup
Integrated Pest Management Group

Projects list

  • Academic support for the development of a pest diagnostic company. (P Addison)
  • Updating the quick identification guide for phytosanitary pests of South African deciduous fruit. (S Johnson)
  • Disinfestation of Bactrocera dorsalis fruit fly-infested apples, pears, nectarines and plums using cold treatment. (T Ware) [Abstract]
  • Upscale and customise ethyl formate fumigation from shipping container to cold room capacity for the control of key phytosanitary pests. (S Johnson & R Smit) [Abstract]
  • Effect of irradiation as a mitigation treatment on storage quality of early peaches and nectarines for airfreight consignments. (H Viljoen) – see Quality Management [Abstract]
  • Confronting climate change initiative. (A Blignaut) [Abstract]
  • Comparison of cold disinfestation treatments of Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in peaches, plums (Prunus spp.) and media. (T Ware)
  • Ethyl formate fumigation technology – upscaling application towards commercialisation. (S Johnson and R Smit) – funded by the Post-Harvest Innovation (PHI) Programme [Abstract]