Several biocontrol solutions against pest and diseases in apples/pears in Belgium
  • Apple (Malus spp.)and pear (Pyrus spp.)/pest insects and diseases/predatory insects and mites, mating disruption, habitat improvement
  • In 1988, 3rd generation fruit farmer decides to decrease chemical load of broad-spectrum chemicals in their fruit orchard. 30 years later they reduced the chemical load by 90% by applying agroecological practices in an IPM scheme;
  • Releasing of predatory mites, mating disruption, safeguarding natural enemies by habitat improvement through creating hiding places (hedges, nesting boxes), water purification by reeds,..



  • Technical result: : Apple and pear production with 90% reduction of chemicals, increased biodiversity
  • Economic result: Better pest control of complete fruit production, at lower cost
  • Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:


    • Increased biodiversity enabling more resilient fruit cropping systems
    • Reduced reliance on chemical pesticides, restoring natural balances
    • Enables regenerative land use practices: combining agricultural production and nature
    • Enabling good animal welfare by providing adequate habitats


    • Demonstrates good governance cross pollinating the rest of the sector
    • Enables worker and consumer health and wellbeing
    • Promotes quality nutritious apple production


    • Supports farmers’ livelihood and value distribution
    • Improvement of financial viability
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kindly provided by:
Marc Cocquyt, Fruit Grower in Flanders, Belgium
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