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Spain: Agrobío seeking solutions for leaf curl in courgettes

The implementation of auxiliary fauna this season has been deemed a success by Agrobío manager José Antonio Santorromán, who is very satisfied with the campaign's results. Both the quality and installation percentage of the insects have reached higher figures than in previous years.

Almost 100% of tomato crops in the province of Almeria are already grown wih the help of Biological controls.


Peppers have already reached 100%, "with a great improvement in quality using Swirskii. This is very impressive and a great satisfaction for the Research and Development team," stressed Santorromán.

There is still plenty of room for improvement with cucumbers, although work has been on-going for a while and positive steps are being made to obtain similar results to those achieved with tomatoes and peppers.

The Research and Development team of the company specialized in the production of auxiliary insects for agriculture is currently working on a number of projects aimed at tackling a few major problems, such as the case of leaf curl in courgettes. This virus disease, first discovered in India and never before seen in the province of Almeria, was detected in the early stages of the campaign. 

Agrobío's team of researchers is currently looking for solutions to this problem, which has caused severe damages and spoiled entire plantations.

"It is a rather new issue, but we are conducting analyses and solutions will come. We don't know when, but we are working on it," stated the manager of the company.


Source: Elalmeria.es

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