Field evaluation of insect exclusion netting for the management of pests on cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) in the Solomon Islands

Neave, S. M., Kelly, G. and Furlong, M.J. (2011). Field evaluation of insect exclusion netting for the management of pests on cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) in the Solomon Islands. In: R. Srinivasan, Anthony M. Shelton and Hilda L. Collins, Proceedings: The Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests (6th, 2011), Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (144-149). 21-25 March 2011.

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Author Neave, S. M.
Kelly, G.
Furlong, M.J.
Title of paper Field evaluation of insect exclusion netting for the management of pests on cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) in the Solomon Islands
Formatted title
Field evaluation of insect exclusion netting for the management of pests on cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) in the Solomon Islands
Conference name International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests (6th, 2011)
Conference location Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Conference dates 21-25 March 2011
Convener AVRDC: The World Vegetable Centre
Proceedings title Proceedings: The Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests
Place of Publication Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan
Publisher AVRDC: The World Vegetable Centre
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789290581901
9290581905
Editor R. Srinivasan
Anthony M. Shelton
Hilda L. Collins
Volume 11-755
Start page 144
End page 149
Total pages 6
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This research evaluated the efficacy and financial feasibility of using exclusion row cover netting to exclude insect pests from cabbage crops as part of a management strategy. Two net materials, Evolution® Row Cover and MikroKlima® GrowCover were compared with the local practice (where insects are picked by hand or no control), at three locations in the Solomon Islands. The use of Evolution® Row Cover and MikroKlima® GrowCover resulted in 72% and 38% less pest damage compared to the local practice. There was little difference in size and weight of the heads harvested between treatments but there was an average increase of 40% in market price due to better quality heads grown under the MikroKlima® GrowCover. Although the Evolution® Row Cover provided the better protection, it was less durable and more easily damaged than the MikroKlima® GrowCover and needed regular repairs. Based on a predicted use of the MikroKlima® GrowCover for six crop cycles and the nature of the market at the time, the net present value for the Mikroklima® net treatment in Busarata was SBD 1,387.68 From the results of this study, there is a justification, both from production and financial perspectives, for using insect exclusion netting on high value crops in Solomon Islands, particularly if a cheaper source of durable netting can be found.
Keyword Plutella xylostella
Floating row covers
Economic evaluation
Pest control
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Session 4: "Biological and nonā€chemical management of crucifer insects".

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