Welcome to the web page Cropprotection. This web has been created to show you the different projects in which we participate. We are teachers, researchers and students working in the area of crop protection.

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Some of the topics we are involved or working on.

  • Biological control
  • Integrated pest management
  • Arthropod identification
  • Organic agriculture
  • Vineyard, vegetables and citrus crops
  • Training courses
  • On lines courses
  • Arboriculture
  • Habitat management
  • Urban gardens
  • Influence of landscape in biological control
  • Ecosystem services
  • Functional biodiversity
  • Ecological Infrastructures
  • Soil biology
  • Extension
  • Dissemination
  • APP development
  • Arduino project

 

Our projects:

  • Habitat management in organic agriculture. This study is carrying on in the fields of «sa i fresc». This is a young company, located in the surrounding area of Valencia dedicated to the organic production of vegetables, citrus and sweet fruit.

We study the impact of habitat management in the biological control of pests, in particular:

  • Designing field borders and hedgerows to create refuges and supply food for beneficial insects. In accordance with the owners of the company we have designed a trial to assess the role of different species of plants in the agro ecosystem. The perimeter of the farm has been planted with wood plants to create a buffer area that prevent pesticide drift from conventional farms (for more information). Besides, this area may provide another function: plants may offer food and refuge for beneficial insects.
  • Cover crops and intercropping for management of aphids in artichoke and cucumber. Aphids are one of the most important pest in organic agriculture in general they are under control by beneficial organisms, but sometimes this control arrives too late. Cover crops and intercropping help to control aphids in two different ways:  first attract and maintain beneficial population and secondly plants have an effect upon the visual attractiveness of a a crop to pests, acting as a camouflage (more information).
  • Using reflective mulching plastic to reduce aphid population in vegetable crops. We know that silver-colored reflective mulches have been successfully used to reduce transmission of aphid-borne viruses in some susceptible vegetables. These mulches repel invading aphid populations and increase the yield of crops by the energy reflecting. In the spring of 2015, some rows of vegetables had been planted over white plastic in order to be compared to the ones planted over black plastic.
  • Study of arthropod population in organic crops depending on the soil management In general we accept that in organic soils the abundance and diversity of arthropods is higher than in conventional soil but probably is a more complicated issue. The level of disturbance of the soil is the key point. We compare the abundance and diversity of arthropods in a gradient of soil disturbance: fruits trees  – artichoke – potatoes – lettuce – carrot.
  • Improving solarization efficacy by using arduino based data logger