A new dissemination action of LIFE-BIODELEAR took place in Cyprus on the 15th and 16th of October 2018 with the organization of a 2-day workshop in the premises of the Cyprus University of Technology.

On Monday, the 15th of October 2018, the informative workshop of the project was held at 18.00 at the Cyprus University of Technology (Amphitheater 1, Tassos Papadopoulos Building) in Limassol, under the title of "Control of the Mediterranean Fly by Mass Trapping and Using the Attractive Biodelear".

Professor Andreas Katsiotis, President of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Cyprus University of Technology), Dr. Sideris Theoharopoulos (Director of the Soil Science Institute ELGO-DIMITRA) and Dr. Konstantinos Liapis (Head of Agricultural Drug Residues Remedies, Benaki Phytopathological Institute) introduced the meeting.

Later on, the professors Georgios Maganaris and Menelaos Stavrinidis (both from the Cyprus University of Technology) gave lectures regarding the citrus cultivation and the major mites that infest citrus fruits. Finally, they highlighted the problems and the difficulties faced by citrus producers in Cyprus due to the Mediterranean fly.

The research team of LIFE-BIODELEAR presented the results of the project ". The pilot implementation of this strategy in the citrus fruit orchards in the area of Kampos Chios has yielded in satisfactory results, by significantly reducing the infestation rates from the Medfly in both mandarins and oranges. The systematic recording of the biodiversity of arthropods, residues of plant protection product and soil properties of the orchards involved in the project, has shown that the application of the mass trapping with the attractive BIODELEAR, as part of a more general management strategy, can be an alternative way of dealing with the insect, contributing to the sustainable production of fresh fruit.

All participants had the opportunity to discuss with the experts of the four research institutes (ELGO Dimitra, University of Thessaly, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Benaki Phytopathological Institute) and the professors of the Cyprus University of Technology on issues related to the treatment of the Mediterranean fly, which is the most important pest of fruit trees worldwide.

 

 

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