Sustainable control of cabbage fly (SUS CAB FLY)
The project aims to implement a sustainable control strategy of cabbage root fly (Delia radicum) through the use of natural pest control and preventive management tactics. Implementation of such a strategy counters the loss of pesticides and limits the further use of them.
Cabbage root fly is a common pest species and causes severe damage to cabbage-plants. Female flies deposit their eggs close to the plant base. While feeding, the maggots start to tunnel into the cabbage stem causing wilt and quality-loss. Due to their hidden lifestyle and the ban on some chemical pest control products, cabbage root flies are difficult to control. The use of natural pest control and preventive management tactics might offer a solution to mitigate the damage caused by this fly. Following control measures will be practically validated during the project:
- Intercropping with nectar plants to stimulate natural enemy populations
- The release of natural enemies of the cabbage root fly (nematodes, rove beetles)
- Application of insect nets and mechanical egg removal to prevent fly infestation
All results will be combined and translated in a sustainable control strategy of cabbage root fly. To guarantee anchoring of the strategy in the sector, a strong communication plan will be developed.