Parasitoids against aphids in fruit tree crops (Final result)
Fruit tree crops such as apples, pears, cherries, plums and peaches are of great economic importance for European markets. Aphids are among the most problematic pests in fruit orchards. Biocontrol strategies based on preventive releases of aphid parasitoids have been successfully used in most covered crops for several decades. However, this kind of strategy remains to be developed for outdoor crops such as fruit tree orchards. In this context the objective of BIOCOMES was to develop a parasitoid-based product and the associated release strategy for the biocontrol of aphids in at least one economically important fruit tree crop.