Chile: Platform will detect the presence of Lobesia Botrana

The system collects meteorological information from 247 monitoring stations throughout Chile, to record data and predict eight days in advance when it will be necessary to apply control practices.

This initiative is part of a project executed by the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) within the framework of the Strategic Program "Transforms Foods", financed by the Strategic Investment Fund (FIE) of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile.


La Lobesia botrana It is one of the quarantine pests that has generated the greatest concern in recent times in Chile, however, it has been confronted correctly by both public and private organizations.

To date, different predictive models and control mechanisms have been developed by organizations such as INIA, the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA), CORFO and the Strategic Investment Fund (FIE).

Meanwhile, the project "Establishment and Implementation of an Alert Platform for Lobesia botrana", Seeks to validate and adjust the predictive model developed by INIA and also generate an expert phytosanitary diagnostic system.

Precisely, this platform is already available in the producer portal of the Phytosanitary Forecasting Network of the SAG and was presented to producers and technical advisers in a training workshop held at the INIA La Platina Regional Research Center.

Along with this, the activity was focused on the validation of a development model of Lobesia botrana in table grape, as part of a research work of INIA La Platina in conjunction with INIA La Cruz and with the support of FIA and SAG.

As a first step, the system is modeled for the control of Lobesia botrana in table grapes and it is expected to deliver information to establish monitoring and control measures in a timely manner to farmers throughout Chile.

This system collects all the meteorological information throughout 247 monitoring stations distributed throughout the country. In this way, the software delivers information online of the minimum, maximum temperatures, accumulations of degrees - days, and allows to record all the monitoring data and then make a prediction eight days ahead of the exact moment of application of training practices. control as the application of pesticides to avoid their excessive use.

Patricia Estay, National Coordinator of the National Plant Health Program of INIA, commented that "This is a clear example of how to develop basic research to handle such an important and quarantine pest as Lobesia botrana. This is part of a large project that the SAG has to provide a service to all citizens in relation to the pest alert system".

"All this work is aimed at better management of pests and a reduction in the use of insecticides to apply them when the pest is more susceptible. In the case of Lobesia botrana is in the presence of eggs and newborn larvae"Estay said.

Source: Fruit Portal

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