Pheromones control striped rice stem borer in rice in nature reserve in Spain
  • Rice (Oryza sativa)/ ESP / Pheromone / Chilo suppresalis
  • Crop protection in Spanish nature reserve requires environmentally friendly and specific control method for lepidopteran pest



  • Technical result: Since 2006 the pest is fully controlled by mating disruption (over 16.000 ha,) avoiding the use of 58.000 L of synthetic insecticides each year used previously
  • Economic result: Use of mating disruption allows to continue a very important economic activity (such as the rice cultivation) in an area which has been declared a natural reserve ,additionally, important for tourism in the region
  • Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:


    • Elimination of pollution and reliance on chemical pesticides, in nature reserve area
    • Increased biodiversity enabling resilient rice cropping systems
    • Enables regenerative land use practices: combining agricultural production and nature reserve
    • Enables good animal welfare


    • Enables worker and consumer health and wellbeing
    • Promotes quality nutritious rice production
    • Demonstrates good governance


    • Supports farmers’ livelihood and value distribution
    • Improvement of financial viability
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