Tuta absoluta training

Russell IPM can provide guidance and support for trainers to disseminate knowledge of Tuta management at the grass roots level.

The key steps in the Tuta absoluta training process are

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  • Monitoring
  • Mass-trapping
  • Surveillance
  • Biocontrol

These 4 stages of education will ensure a full campaign of capacity building is provided to farmers to protect crops, livelihood and the economy from Tuta absoluta damage.

The Russell IPM team is proud to be a total solution provider from identification to management using a complete biological solution. Our method supports sustainable agriculture and is sensitive to both human and environmental health and supported by continuing research, development and training.

 

Key Training
  • Identification of Tuta absoluta: training days will provide education on distinguishing Tuta larvae, moths and damage from those of other pests.
  • Tuta pest protection strategy: farmers will be shown a 3 step process for full protection from the moth.
  • Tuta surveillance: how to monitor crops for early signs of infestation.

 

Soil Health

Healthy soil is the key to a healthy crop and resilience against pests and diseases.

ReCharge will help to revitalise soil, improve microbial diversity and boost the plants immune system.

ReCharge contains a rich combination of beneficial natural soil micro-organisms which are vital to soil health.

ReCharge brings back soil health by reintroducing the beneficial microflora to the soil, stimulating plant vigour, encourage symbiotic interactions with soil microbes and plants and triggering the plant’s own defence system as well making the soil less welcoming to pupating insect pests.

Tuta absoluta solutions

 

Phytosanitation

Maintaining a clean growing area is essential for phytosanitation, this is because T. absoluta larvae and pupae reside in the leaves and other parts of the crop. Therefore, proper removal of all plant debris from the previous growing cycle is essential to prevent recurring infestations of Tuta.

Throughout the drying cycle of tomato crops, a high percentage of the T. absoluta are likely to emerge from the infested plants, which provides a base population for the upcoming growing cycle. Therefore, mass trapping using the water trap is particularly useful during this time.

 

Intervention

Biopesticides are an important element of the Tuta absoluta management programme due to the growing problem of pesticide resistance in the moth, meaning conventional strategies are becoming less effective.

Farmers need to be able to identify when T. absoluta infestation is in its early stages, so that intervention is possible before the damage becomes too severe. Russell IPM’s biorational solutions will fully integrate with other management programs.

Steps:

Monitor for the insect pest throughout the season, checking foliage and monitoring devices such as the Delta trap regularly.

Apply Antario as first line of defence as soon as Tuta absoluta activity is detected.

Next, apply Biotrine: the ultimate solution for advances stages of infestation to combat Tuta absoluta.

Alternate the Antario and Biotrine application until successful control achieved.

 

Spread

T. absoluta can be transported via multiple channels:

  • The tomatoes, plants and crates used to transport them are known to be high-risk pathways for the introduction of this pest.
  • Pupae often overwinter in soil and so earth is a suspected pathway.
  • Markets that sell tomatoes from infested regions or are located in areas with suitable environmental conditions for the survival of the larvae or mothalso pose a risk.