Research: Mealybug and other phytosanitary pests

Programme Coordinator:
Dr Sean Moore

Collaborating researchers involved:
Dr Tim Grout (CRI), Dr Antoinette Malan (SU), Wayne Kirkman (CRI)

Citrus mealybug
Planococcus citri

Although mealybugs are considered key pests from a cosmetic and production viewpoint, their phytosanitary threat is most serious. Molecular techniques to identify the species found on citrus have been developed and attempts are being made to improve biological control. Research to identify the important natural enemies of indigenous species is being conducted. Periodically, post-harvest control strategies must be developed for various pests that are identified as barriers for exporting to new markets.