Organic Methods of Vegetation Management and Olive Insect Control

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CRSP Phase:
Phase 2

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Lead University:

Other Partners:
Plant Protection Institute, Fruit Tree Research Institute (Albania); University of California (US)

Principal Investigator(s):

Co-Principal Investigator(s):
J. Tedeschini, B. Stamo, B. Huqi, H. Pace, Sh. Shahini,Plant Protection Institute;H. Ismaili, Dh. Panajoti,M.Bacaj,Fruit Tree Research Institute, and M. McGiffen, L. Ferguson, University of California


The absence of alternatives to insecticides in controlling the olive moth can leave farmers with no option but to use insecticides. This research on a microbial product is investigating alternatives for farmers in managing

Olive moth (P.oleae). Results from these studies can be used to develop short and long term integrated management strategies based on different methods of weed and pest control and to reduce

the cost of their control.


1. To determine the effects of vegetation management on weed control and yield 2. To determine the effects of microbials in the control of olive pests


Through this investigation researchers found: - Synthetic insecticide and herbicide use can be minimized by using a microbial pesticide and cultural techniques (mulching, cover crop, plowing) as an alternative pest management strategy. - The BT formulation exhibited a high potential in controlling olive moth compared to the farmer's practice of applying chemical insecticides. - In general the technology applied in this study may be practiced in other areas where olive crops are intensively cultivated. - Farmer's orchard income will increase due to the low cost, effective and environmentally friendly crop management techniques developed for Albania growing conditions

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