From December 20th to 24th, 2023, Stellenbosch University (SU) in collaboration with Citrus Research International (CRI) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) organized a comprehensive training course on fruit fly identification at SU.
Tailored for stakeholders in the African fruit production industry, particularly in southern Africa, participants included NPPO officers, growers, cooperatives, research institutions specializing in horticultural pests, and companies engaged in the development and sale of pest control products. The course, attended by 23 delegates from seven countries, featured both theoretical lectures and hands-on practical sessions.
The training covered various interception and detection tools developed within the FF-IPM project, with a detailed focus on utilizing the multi-entry keys designed for recognizing larval and adult stages of economically significant fruit flies.
Additionally, Marc De Meyer from RMCA was invited by Hortgro Science to present collaborative research activities between RMCA and SU within the FF-IPM framework and other initiatives. Hortgro Science, a research institution dedicated to benefiting South African fruit growers, particularly in the stone and pome fruit industry, organizes monthly hybrid meetings to update industry stakeholders on new developments. During one such meeting, Marc De Meyer presented the FF-IPM program, engaging with participants both physically present and online.
Fig. 1 Pia Addison (SU, right) and Aruna Manrakhan (CRI, left) introducing the workshop
Fig. 2 Marc De Meyer (RMCA) presenting the FF-IPM interception tools
Fig. 3 Trainees at hands-on practical during the workshop
Fig. 4 Marc De Meyer (RMCA) during discussion with participants of the Hortgro Science meeting