Development of a Habitat Management Plan to Promote Conservation Biological Control in Vineyards


Project Number
US ENT 11-A2

Project title
Development of a habitat management plan to promote conservation biological control in vineyards.

Project leader
Addison, P

Institution
University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Sciences. Department of Conservation, Ecology and Entomology.

Team members
Samways, M J
Addison, P
Veldtman, R
Conlong, D
Liebenberg, J
Faure, S

Project description
There is an increasing trend for grape farmers to make use of augmentative releases of parasitic wasps to control vine mealybugs.

The objectives are: 1. to assess various flowering plants for improving parasitism of vine mealybug and longevity and fecundity of adult parasitoids in vineyards 2. assess larval parasitoids survival and parasitisation ability on different vine mealybug developmental stages.

The ultimate aim of this study is therefore to improve biological control against vine mealybug through basic biological studies and the initial development of a habitat management plan for vineyards, which could benefit more pests.

Poster(s)
Faure, S, Addison, P and Wohlfarter, M. 2011. The use of a combination of two parasitoids for controlling Planococcus ficus (Signoret). Poster presented at the 17th Congress of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa. 3-6 July, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Faure, S, Addison, P and Veldtman, R. 2012. Improving biological control of the vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus) in vineyards. Poster presented at the 34th National Congress of the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. 14-16 November, Somerset West, South Africa.

Presentation(s)
Faure, S, Addison, P and Veldtman, R. 2013. Improving biological control of the vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus) in vineyards. Lecture at the Academic Research Day, University of Stellenbosch. 24 May, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Faure, S, Addison, P and Veldtman, R. 2013. Improving biological control of vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus) in vineyards. Paper presented at the 17th Congress of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa. 3-6 July, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Faure, S, Addison, P and Veldtman, R. 2013. Improving biological control of the vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus) in vineyards. Paper presented at the 35th South African Society for Enology and Viticulture Conference. 13-15 November, Somerset West, South Africa.

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