fruit fly

Jul. 31, 2023

Olive Oil Producers in Greece Brace for Steep Production Decline

Warm weather, low fruition levels and the emergence of the fruit fly pose significant challenges to olive oil producers towards the next harvesting season.

Jul. 19, 2023

Researchers in California Test New Solutions for Olive Fruit Fly

Researchers at the University of California are testing a range of insecticide products for efficacy in controlling olive fruit flies.

Jul. 6, 2023

In Italy, Olive Growers See Signs of a Promising Harvest

Growers across Italy told Olive Oil Times that they had, for the most part, experiencing generous blossoming and fruitset. Climate extremes and pests remain a challenge.

Jul. 6, 2023

Uptick in Olive Fruit Fly Infestations Reported in Andalusia

As olive groves enter their most vulnerable stage of development, authorities said the number of captured flies and observed damage was significantly higher than in previous years.

Dec. 5, 2022

In Slovenia, a Fruitful Harvest Despite Drought, Pests

The last few seasons in Slovenia have been characterized by high summer temperatures and a lack of precipitation. Salvation came with heavy September rains.

Dec. 5, 2022

Olive Fruit Fly Could Undermine Greek Olive Oil Production

The fruit fly threatens expectations of a bumper crop. Experts suggest a change in established practices of fighting the pest.

May. 9, 2022

As Pesticide Bans Loom, Croatian Agronomists Advise Other Methods to Stop the Olive Fly

The use of several popular pesticides will be prohibited in Croatia after the 2022 harvest. Instead, traps, mineral treatments and other agents can help protect olive trees.

May. 4, 2022

Researchers Reintroduce Bats to Andalusian Olive Groves to Combat Pests

Following research in Spain and Portugal, the LIFE Olivares Vivos project aims to reintroduce bats to olive groves, bringing more efficient pest control and soil fertilization.

Jan. 10, 2022

Pests Plague Wild Olives on Croatian Island as Producers Remain Steadfast

The olive borer, fly and moth have damaged olive trees on the island of Pag. Producers insist they will still manage to craft award-winning oils.

Aug. 2, 2021

Italian Producers Unlikely to Get Dimethoate Extension Ahead of Harvest

With few viable alternatives, farmers will have to find new ways to cope with the olive fruity fly this year.

Feb. 18, 2021

Project Helps Growers Prepare for Challenges Posed by Climate Change

By collecting raw climatic data from around the region, the Med-Gold project aims to be a useful tool for the agriculture sector.

Nov. 12, 2020

Experts in Italy Offer Advice for Olive Growers Combating the Fruit Fly

Careful monitoring of traps and applying treatments at the right times are among the keys to preventing extensive damage from the olive tree pest, experts say.

Sep. 22, 2020

Olive Flies in Spain Are Immune to Common Pesticide, Study Finds

Roughly 80 percent of olive fruit fly populations on the mainland have genes that confer resistance to one of the most popular pesticides.

Nov. 3, 2014

A Harvest to Forget

This part of central Italy is famous for its quality oil grown on stony hillsides, but this year the olive fly has caused havoc in Umbria.

Nov. 3, 2014

Add France to Growing List of Poor Harvests

The olive fly enjoyed a mild winter in Provence this year, devastating crops and the region's prized olive oils.

Oct. 30, 2014

Umbrian Leaders Seek Action for 'Huge Damages' to Region's Growers

Umbria's olive oil production will suffer a dramatic loss, that in some areas could reach 80 percent.

Oct. 27, 2014

Umbrian Farmers Find Little to Celebrate

Umbrian farmers are in no mood to celebrate this year's dismal harvest. Many will simply leave the olives to rot on their trees.

Oct. 20, 2014

Croatian Olive Growers Face a Disappointing Harvest

The olive harvest has started earlier than usual in the Croatian olive-growing regions of Istria and Dalmatia, bringing disappointing yields.

Jan. 12, 2014

Oxitec Still Pursuing Trial Release of GM Olive Flies in Spain

A British biotech firm hopes a field trial of its modified fly will still go ahead despite recently withdrawing its application.

Nov. 5, 2013

Greek Olive Oil Production Down Fifty Percent

Weather and other natural conditions are being blamed for destroying crops during a critical point of the season.

Aug. 27, 2013

Spain Considers Trial Release of Genetically-Modified Olive Flies

Genetically-modified olive flies will be released in a Catalan olive grove if a field trial is approved in Spain.

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