Biological Control Organisms (BCO's)

Fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) is important for fruit production in Belgium. The aim of this project is the development of a control strategy to protect (primary or secondary) blossoms of apple and pear using (existing and new) biological control organisms (BCOs) applied in the orchards by bumblebees and other social insects.


Contact: Serge Remy, Hilde Schoofs and Bart Vanhoutte

Timing: 1/10/2016 - 30/09/2018

Finance: IWT

Partnership: ILVO (Martine Maes), University of Ghent (Guy Smagghe) and KULeuven (Wannes Keulemans)