Control of Mamestra brassicae in brassica crops (Final result)
The brassica family comprises several crop species, like cabbage, cauliflowers or oilseed rape. This family is attacked by different insect species and insecticides can be applied to reduce damages due to these pests. The cabbage moth Mamestra brassicae is one of the major pests causing severe damages by feeding on the crop head and contaminating it with faeces, making the crop no longer marketable. Natural occurring Telenomus laeviceps has been found to be more efficient as the released Trichogramma brassicae in parasitizing eggs of the cabbage moth under field conditions. Based on this finding, T. laeviceps represents a good candidate to develop a new biocontrol agent to control the cabbage moth, potentially enabling the reduction of insecticide applications.