Growers often rely on pesticide sprays for pest and disease control in crops, but they are perceived by the public as undesirable and potentially even harmful to health and the environment. EMR helps growers to make informed choices and to reduce dependence on pesticide sprays, in an ecologically and economically sound manner. Approaches are varied and include pre-emptive measures to avoid the use of pesticide sprays, new methods of deciding if and when to treat including treatment at different times of the season, alternative non-pesticidal control methods, and safer and more efficient spray application methods.
Exploitation of semiochemicals by EMR, in collaboration with the Chemical Ecology Group of the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, has led to real change and progress in commercial practice. It enables growers to reduce their reliance on chemical control of pests, increase biodiversity in fruit growing systems and increase the sustainability of producing the crop. Residues in the fruit will also be reduced which is of benefit to growers and consumers.
For more information, please contact Prof. Jerry Cross