Biological control of the citrus ‘cotonet’ pest, main theme of the next edition of the VIO Congress

The main theme of the next edition of the VIO Congress will be the biological control of cotonette pest in citrus. The VIO Congress is an international event that will be held in Valencia on November 17 and 18. High-level speakers will disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge on bioprotection in general and on the biological control of pests and beneficial insects more broadly. and more specifically.

Koppert will present the success of its biological control protocol in citrus, which has proven to be very effective against the most common pests in crops such as orange, lemon, mandarin and grapefruit. The presentation will be given by Juan Miguel Rodriguez, citrus manager at Koppert Spain, and will focus on the biological solutions available against the cochineal plague (cotonet). He will also give an overview of the protocol developed by Koppert for the biological control of South African cotonet via scheduled releases of the Cryptolaemus montrouzieri predatory beetle, which Koppert markets under the Cryptobug brand.

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Cryptobug), which is widely used in the biological control of cotonet.

Kopper’s presentation on Citrus Biological Control will be on Thursday, November 18 at 12:10 p.m. The company will offer a preview of the tests carried out with Anagyrus aberiae, a parasitic wasp that will play an important role in the biological control of South African cotonet. Koppert has already been authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture to produce and market this new natural enemy on a large scale.

Emerging pests in horticulture
Javier Calvo, from the R&D department of Koppert Spain, will give a presentation on the control of emerging pests in horticulture on Wednesday November 17 at 5:40 p.m.

He will present different innovations that Koppert has made in this regard in recent years, which have further strengthened biological control programs in protected horticultural crops. These solutions, which allow producers to effectively control the main pests, are also effective in controlling secondary pests.

The VIO congress is organized by the Official College of Agricultural Engineers of Valencia and Castellon (COITAVC) and the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA). The conferences can be followed online or in person, after registering on the website

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Phone. : +34 950 55 44 64

Jessica C. Bell