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China demos biological crop protection

The Chinese Jiangxi province fruit industry bureau reports that a demonstration of biological control techniques to protect orange trees from citrus red mites ( Panonychus citri) and citrus rust mites ( Phyllocoptruta oleivora) has been "resoundingly successful". The demonstration took place in Xingan county, where 20,000 boxes of Amblyseius barkeri predatory mites, were released over an area of 20 ha, protecting 10,000 orange trees and showing local farmers the benefits of biological crop protection. The use of predatory mites can “reduce pesticide applications, save labour, and ensure that our oranges meet European and US import standards", says Zhong Ling, a researcher at the Jiangxi plant protection station. A barkeri mites are being introduced to control pest mites across Jiangxi province and other regions of China.

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