Identification, detection and control of insect pests of Mediterranean fruit tree species

This research line has been developed only recently at MAIB to complete the range of phytosanitary competences of the IPM Division and provide support to the MSc programme. In particular, the research works conducted so far have explored the composition and abundance of scales populations on citrus and olive trees, the identification of species with a higher impact on these crops and of secondary pests, the report of Aleurocanthus spiniferus in the EPPO area, the search for natural enemies of key pests, the identification of aphid species vectoring plant viruses through molecular techniques, the preventive and curative  chemical control of RPW (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) by the application of an innovative endotherapeutical system to palm trees.


Starting: 1.01.2007
Scheduled ending: 31.12.2015
Real ending: 23.09.2019
Reference person/s: D'Onghia Anna Maria /
Collaborators: Santoro Giuseppe Paolo Terenzio / Valentini Franco /
Thesis: Scale insect fauna of olive in Tunisia
Inventory of insects in the oasis Ziban (Biskra-Algeria)
Key factors in the preventive and curative control of Rynchophorus ferrugineus Oliver on Phoenix canariensis Hort ex. Chabaud
Zeuzera pyrina in apple orchards in Syria: trap application comparison and preliminary survey of its natural enemies
Management of the red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier 1790 (Coleoptera curculionidae), in Italy a an introduction to its control in Iraq
Interactions between wild flora, crop, aphids and their natural enemies in citrus orchards
Scale insect fauna on citrus in Tunisia and biological study of citrus mealybug Panococcus citri Risso
Biology, behaviour and control of the Leopard moth (Zeuzera pyrina) (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) in apple orchard in Syria
Institutions involved: Regione Puglia
Assessorato alle Risorse Agroalimentari e Forestali
Università degli Studi di Bari
Università degli Studi di Catania
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