Apricots cultivars suited for organic production in the Mediterranean region

A BioFruitNet practice abstract. Planting cultivars not adapted to local conditions leads to agronomical difficulties in organic fruit production. Choosing cultivars wellsuited to biotic (e.g., pests and diseases) and abiotic conditions (e.g., chilling requirements (vernalisation), soil type) is a key to sustainable organic apricot production. Adapted varieties make orchard management easier, less reliant on plant protection, and less risky from an economic point of view.

Direct regulation of the black cherry aphid in organic table cherry production

A BioFruitNet practice abstract. The black cherry aphid (Myzus cerasi) is the main pest in modern organic table cherry production. In orchards with installed rain protection and insect nets, robust aphid populations can build up, leading to significant yield losses and tree damage.  The black cherry aphid can be indirectly and directly regulated. This practice abstract gives recommendations for direct regulation using kaolin, paraffin oil and pyrethrum+soap or azadirachtin at different periods of the aphid cycle.

Drosophila suzukii control: Preventive measures in organic stone fruit orchards

A BioFruitNet practice abstract. The spotted wing drosophila Drosophila suzukii is an invasive pest attacking soft fruit species (berries, cherries, plums, grapes), as well as many wild berry plants. D. suzukii female adultslay eggs into the fruits from which larvae develop. The control strategy of D. suzukii includes preventive measures1 such as orchard management, field hygiene, and choice of cultivar. The combination of preventive measures and intervention measures can reduce D.