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Generating a taxonomic database of fruit pests in the Western Cape
University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of AgriSciences. Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology
Samways, M J
Correct insect pest identification is a critical aspect of IPM in fruit production. Damage symptoms are also often not identified correctly, which leads to incorrect treatment/management of a suspected pest problem. Identification of new and/or invasive pests often occurs too late, by which time eradication or further preventative treatment is not possible. The aim of this project is to build an active taxonomic database of pests occurring in deciduous fruit orchards, wine grapes, blueberries and other fruit crops based on, primarily, correct identification by an expert or using molecular techniques, which should lead to a better understanding and therefore better management of pest problems. In addition, data associated with specimens will be collected.