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Pests

The biological control agents that will be developed during the BIOCOMES project were identified through market analysis by six manufactures of biological control products.

Primary targeted pests are: gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), pine weevil (Hylobius abietis), tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta), whiteflies, aphids of fruit tree crops and cabbage moth (Mamestra brassicae).

 

Aphids

Aphids pest

Aphids are among the most troublesome and widespread pests in fruit tree orchards.

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Cabbage moth

The cabbage moth Mamestra brassicae is among the most damaging pests in cabbage production.

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Gypsy moth

The gypsy moth Lymantria dispar is one of the most important pest insects of forests and orchards.

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Large pine weevil

Large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis, is a major pest on tree seedlings planted on clear-felled conifer forest sites.

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Potato moths

The potato tuber moth Phthorimaea opercullella and the Guatemalan potato moth Tecia solanivora are invasive pests.

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Tomato leaf miner

The tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta is a main pest in the Mediterranean growing areas.

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Whitefly

Whiteflies can become a serious pest in summer months under dry and warm conditions in greenhouses and especially under Mediterranean field conditions in Europe

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