Tropical predators from coconut to save Dutch tulip bulbs

Pesticides have negative environmental side effects, and there is increasing demand for alternative, environmental friendly pest control methods such as biological control. One of the most damaging pests page in the storage of tulip bulbs is the tiny dry bulb mite, which hides between bulb scales where it is inaccessible for its much larger predators. Control of this pest is therefore based on the use of chemicals. We previously showed that an extremely flat predatory mite from coconut trees is promising for the control of this pest because it can enter the space between the scales (Lesna et al. 2014. Exp Appl Acarol 63:189), but this predator is difficult to rear. We propose to develop an environmental-friendly biological control method with another flat predator from coconuts, which is easy to cultivate.
Key-words: Biological control, population dynamics, sustainable production, flower bulbs, pest control

  • Projectnummer / Project number: 16706
  • Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Projectleider / Project leader: Dr. A.R.M. Janssen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Type project / Type project: Initieel
  • Startdatum / Start date: 09-11-2018
  • Einddatum / End date: 28-02-2022
  • Programma / Programme: Open Technologieprogramma
  • Vakgebied / Discipline: Biologie