The field study of our olive trees
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Olive trees protected from the fly with nets
Last July, in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of the Polytechnic University of Marche, the study began for a new fly control technique, which involves the use of an insect net to prevent the attack of Bactrocera oleae, known as the olive fly, which damages the drupe.
Damages which, in addition to being of an aesthetic nature, recognizable by punctures, compromise the organoleptic characteristics of the olive and consequently also of the oil.
To date, various theses are being followed, which will help to understand when the optimal period of dressing is and what consequences for the plant it will have at a vegetative-productive level. The study is based on the search for alternative methods to the use of insecticides and synthetic molecules in agriculture and specifically in olive groves.
Loved for the oil it produces, as well as for the beauty of its trunk and foliage, the olive tree is a rather delicate plant. In fact, it is a crop that fears numerous insects (parasites) and diseases (fungi, bacteria), which attack the plant or its fruit especially during the summer. Although it grows at ease in dry environments, the olive tree must be constantly cared for so that it is healthy, strong and productive.