Stink bugs, especially the diabolical stink bug Halyomorpha halys, are increasingly present in the southeast of France, causing significant damage. Their development worries fruit and vegetable producers in the southeast.
Therefore, the Fruit and Vegetable Federation of Occitania, GIS Fruits, the PDO Peaches nectarines, apples-pears, hazelnuts, kiwis and the CETA of technicians of the southeast are organizing a webinar on Thursday, March 25th at 2pm.
This virtual meeting will be the opportunity to learn about the research conducted in France and around the world to find control solutions (especially biocontrol), and to organize the network of technicians and producers involved in the fight against this pest.
Registration to participate can be done on the website of IGIS Fruits.
2pm: Welcome; overview and damages caused by the bugs in the fruit sector in France and around the world
Introduction: problems related to the presence of stink bugs in the fruit sector, especially the “diabolical stink bug” Halyomorpha halys - Streito Jean-Claude, INRAe.
Biocontrol approach: use of parasites (oophagous parasitoids) and biological control of populations - Alexandre Bout, INRAe
Overview of international control strategies: Switzerland - USA - Canada Dr Pierre Girod, University of British Columbia - PIEE lab, Vancouver, Canada Dr Paul Abram, AAFC, Agassiz, Canada.
3.20pm: 10-min break; slideshow of images: “the stink bug as you’ve never seen it”
Actions currently taken by researchers and technicians for the fruit growing sector:
Current projects on the control of stink bugs in arboriculture in France - Alexandre Bout, INRAe.
Situation in the hazelnut sector: damages and alternative control methods - Rachid Hamidi, National Association of Hazelnut Producers
Protection methods against stink bugs for the apple-pear sector, review of the first results of the SUPOR project and work prospects - Bertrand Alison, CTIFL.
Experiences on trapping in France, and perspectives of structuring a national network - Nicolas Drouzy, Chamber of Agriculture of Savoie.
5pm: Conclusion and perspectives - François Laurens INRAe/GIS Fruits
The participants will be able to ask questions, testify and share their opinion in a survey thanks to various interactive means at their disposal.