Improving Ceratitis capitata control through the mass trapping technique in an IPM programme on apricots in Tunisia

https://doi.org/10.17221/13/2021-PPSCitation:

Elimem M., Harbi A., Limem-Sellemi E., Rouz S., Chahed K., Bouchkara M.A., Chermiti B., Jammezi A. (2021): Improving Ceratitis capitata control through the mass trapping technique in an IPM programme on apricots in Tunisia. Plant Protect. Sci., 57: 318–325.

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New techniques for Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann, 1824) control are being studied and developed to replace traditional organophosphate pesticide applications. A mass trapping strategy offers promising medfly control within integrated pest management (IPM) programmes. Field assays were performed to study the efficacy of two mass trapping techniques based on PheroNorm® and Ceratrap® lures that were compared to a conventional approach to control the medfly in Tunisian apricot orchards. The results showed that both mass trapping techniques had a similar efficiency in reducing the C. capitata population. The degrees Brix in the fruits was a determinant issue since the initial apricot fruit damage was detected at 6.4%. At harvesting, the lowest fruit damage rate was recorded in the PheroNorm® (4.25%) and Ceratrap® (6.50%) treated orchards, compared with the conventional approach (10.75%). Therefore, the use of 50 PheroNorm® and Ceratrap® traps per ha density within an IPM approach may be very useful to control the C. capitata populations in apricot orchards.

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