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,..