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Strawberry production in Maresme

Manel Tió

Alt Maresme Plant Protection Association (strawberries)

STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION IN MARESME

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STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION IN MARESME

Manel Tió

Alt Maresme Plant Protection Association (strawberries)

 

There has been a wild strawberry and garden strawberry production area in the Maresme district for many years. The area under cultivation was significantly reduced because of the large growth in strawberry cultivation in the Huelva area and the low profitability of production. Producers therefore changed their harvest schedule to year-long production, focusing particularly on the low season in Huelva. However, the new harvest schedule gave rise to a number of plant health issues that are less significant in other production areas. These include insect pests (especially Frankliniella occidentalis and Drosophila suzukii), and fungi (especially Macrophomina phaseolina). The emerging importance of M. phaseolina is not a result of the change in harvest schedule, but rather of continuous cultivation and a lack of effective soil disinfectants.

Because there are no specific integrated pest management guidelines for strawberry production in Catalonia, producers currently base their control approach on the guidelines for Andalusia, despite having different problems.

When integrated production was first introduced, the primary control method was to use beneficial organisms. This technique has been thwarted twice. First, by the appearance of Frankliniella occidentalis until beneficial organisms could be used against it, although this approach was not fully effective. More recently, the main issue has been the arrival of Drosophila suzukii and its highly virulent attacks, especially on farms where insecticides were applied infrequently.

The solutions we have found for Macrophomina phaseolina consist of growing crops out of the soil (hydroponics), and planting less sensitive varieties.

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