Cryptophlebia leucotreta granulose virus controls false codling moth in citrus in South-Africa
  • Citrus (Citrus spp.)/ South Africa/ Cryptophlebia leucotreta Granulovirus / False Codling Moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta formerly Cryptophlebia leucotreta)
  • Control of EU quarantine pest by granulose virus reassures the absence of life pest and enables citrus export to EU

 

 

  • Technical result: reduced interceptions of false codling moth reduced to almost 0 after the use of Cryptex was adopted by all exporters.
  • Economic result: without the granulose virus, false coddling moth would still be a key pest and  export to EU would not have been possible. Viable business adopting also other IPM measures exists
  • Economic result: Economic surplus of the product application is already given at efficacies of 20 %
  • Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:

 

    • Increased biodiversity (no non-target effects) enabling resilient citrus cropping systems
    • Reduction in chemical pesticides
    • Enables regenerative land use practices and animal welfare

 

    • Enables worker health and safety: no negative impact on the worker’s health
    • Promotes quality nutritious citrus production

 

    • Supports farmers’ livelihoods, reduction of yield losses and export risk (no interceptions of living quarantine pest)
    • Improves financial viability and stabilizing the farmer’s income.
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