Fundecitrus launches the “Evaluate Psyllid” tool

The platform allows citrus growers to consult the efficacy results of insecticides for psyllid control in different regions of the citrus belt

17.01.2024 | 17:05 (UTC -3)
Daniele Merola
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Fundecitrus launched today (17/01) a tool that will help citrus growers choose insecticides to control the psyllid. This is a platform called Avalia Psilídio, which will make available to producers the results of insecticide efficacy experiments on field psyllid populations in different regions of the citrus belt.

Fundecitrus Wellington researcher Eduardo explains that Avalia Psilídio will always bring up-to-date results for the citrus grower. "Within this tool, we will have the results of insecticide efficacy tests on field populations. This data will be constantly updated as the experiments are carried out, which will bring a great advantage to the producer, who will be able to monitor, in a dynamic way, which product is most effective in controlling the insect", he comments.

Fundecitrus researcher Marcelo Miranda comments that the tool is the result of cooperative work. "Several sectors are involved to make this tool work: from the citrus grower in the field, who detects high populations, to the Fundecitrus teams, the Technology Transfer team, who carry out the insect collections, the R&D team, which carries out the experiments with psyllids, and then the results are passed on to the citrus grower", points out Miranda. Knowing which products are best locally effective is important and will contribute to greening management", he exclaims.

The general manager of Fundecitrus, Juliano Ayres, states that Avalia Psilídio arrives to help citrus growers when choosing the appropriate products to use in the orchard. “Knowing which products are working in the region where your orchard is located is a necessity that the producer has, and this tool is essential in this sense. Inside it, the citrus grower will find the most recent results of studies carried out with insecticides in each region”, he explains.

Finally, Ayres states that everyone needs to do their part in combating greening. “Now it is important that everyone uses the tool and rotates products according to the data made available by it, this is a fundamental pillar in psyllid management”, he concludes.

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