Building and testing of a pilot facility for the production of green pesticides.
A pilot facility will be build and tested for the production of green pesticides from mushroom growth and soft fruit waste.
28 Feb 2017
Recent interesting visit to Walpole Farm with CEO Paul Walpole, discussing future uses for waste blackberries at the Innovation Hub
Due to the Spotted wing Drosophila which has recently established itself across the UK as a pest problem for fruit farmers to deal with because the fly lays its eggs inside the developing fruit; not just in the rotting fruit. Management guidelines therefore requires that all residual fruit is picked to prevent/reduce the problem of infection and overwintering larvae. The result is a significant quantity of soft fruit waste, which our BioBoost project at Innovation Hub plans to recycle.
Update activities 2017
- Facilities were set up and testing as started:
The influence of organic waste amendments in growing media on the efficacy of a biocontrol fungus against vine weevil larvae (Frankliniella occidentalis)and western flower thrips pupae (Otiorrhynchus sulcatus).
The first resists show improved longevity and viability of the fungal inoculum.
- The use of soft fruit wastes for producing an attractant liquor for control of spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii).
First results show that the bait has been more attractive than commercial baits.