Chile opens grapevine moth biocontrol lab
The Chilean Ministry of Agriculture’s agricultural and cattle service, the Sag, has opened a research facility for the application of sterile flies for European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) control. The laboratory is within the Sag’s sterile insect production centre (Spanish acronym CPIE) some 15 km from the Lluta valley. The initiative intends to determine the potential effectiveness of such insects as a means of complementary and of alternative Lobesia spp control with an IPM structure. Although the significance of this pest is well known globally, the technique of applying sterile insects to control them has not been employed, the Sag says. Success by the service in controlling fruit flies with the technique has encouraged it to experiment with its use on the moths. It started operations in April.