Contact : Donal O'Sullivan
Current control practices are not effective in reducing damage by bean seed beetle and there is a large gap in the knowledge regarding the biology and behaviour of the pest in locating host crops and oviposition during the critical flowering and pod forming stages in early summer. Current recommendations are based on insecticide sprays applied during flowering, and a lack of precision in the timing of sprays is resulting in an increase in the number of spray applications being made to crops which in turn increases the risk of pesticide resistance. The project will improve this situation by using a pheromone/semio-chemical system for monitoring and risk assessment as part of an integrated control method and will provide a more sustainable longer-term approach to IPM which would include resistant or tolerant varieties.
Funding: Defra Sustainable Arable LINK-funded project
Collaborating Organizations: Academic: PGRO, Rothamsted Research, and Industry (PGRO, HDC, Bayer Crop Science, Syngenta Crop Protection, Wherry and Sons, Oecos Ltd., Nickerson-Advanta, CPB-Twyford, Velcourt Ltd, Raynham Farms Ltd, Frontier Agriculture).