Control of green apple aphid (Aphis pomi De Geer) in organic apple production

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Milenković, Slobodan ; Marčić, Dejan ; Ružičić, Lazar (2013)
  • Publisher: Institute of Pesticides and Environmental Protection
  • Journal: Pesticidi i fitomedicina (issn: 1820-3949)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.2298/PIF1304281M
  • Subject: Azadirachtin | predators | Plant culture | SB1-1110 | organic agriculture | Aphis pomi | botanical insecticides | Organic agriculture; Apples; Aphis pomi; Botanical insecticides | spraying | apples | Coccinella septempunctata

The efficacy of different methods for controlling populations of green apple aphid (Aphis pomi De Geer) in organic apple orchard was compared over three consecutive years. The following three control methods were tested: a) predator activity (Coccinela septempunctata), b) predator activity (C. septempunctata) + selective spraying of trees with infestation level exceeding 10% with a botanical insecticide (NeemAzal T/S), and c) predator activity (C. septempunctata) + total spraying of all orchard trees with the botanical insecticide (NeemAzal T/S). In terms of maintaining a biological balance within an orchard, the combination of natural regulation by C. septempunctata and selective spraying of individual trees with NeemAzal T/S proved to be the most efficient method.