Effect of Harvest Timing on Olive Fruit Fly Infestation and Olive Oil Yields and Quality
Agricultural University of Tirana, Fruit Tree Research Institute, Plant Protection Institute (Albania); Penn State University, Virginia Tech, University of California (US)
J. Tedeschini,Plant Protection Institute;F. Thomaj&M.Bregasi,Agricultural University of Tirana;Dh.Panajoti, B. Ferraj,andM Bacaj, Fruit Tree Research Institute;C. Pitts,Penn StateUniversity;D. Pfeiffer,Virginia Tech;L.Ferguson,University of California
This study examined how harvests can be timed to maximize increasing yield and minimize olive fruit fly infestation. By selecting the optimal time to maximize yield and minimize olive fruit fly infestation growers can reduce the chemical control for olive fruit fly.
To determine the optimal time for olive harvest to minimize olive fruit fly infestation and maximize olive oil yield and quality.
The study identified technology to manage olive fruit fly infestation with agricultural methods. In order to improve their efficacies the integration of early harvest of olive with other environmentally friendly methods such as mass-trapping (using Eco-traps) could be a promising alternative to control olive fruit fly in the future.