Pest control in organic fruit orchards should not rely on external inputs with adverse effects but on other strategies and methods that support biodiversity and natural cycles adapted to local conditions.

Measures contributing to the enhancement of beneficial insects, pollinators and general biodiversity in the orchard can be integrated in the orchard or at the borders.

Appropriately designed measures that aim to enhance predators of important pests or pollinators often also enhance species biodiversity in general. Moreover, many organic fruit growers are highly motivated to contribute to their orchard management to enhance biodiversity in agroecosystems.

Jutta Kienzle
Tecniche produttive