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Spain Tests Artificial Intelligence to Manage Fly

A predictive model using artificial intelligence has been developed to help farmers with pest management and ultimately improve production and reduce pesticide use.

Oxitec’s Australian Medfly Trials Proceed

Despite delays, British Biotech Company Oxitec is still confident that their genetically modified strain of olive flies will reach further trial stages, but there's a long way to go before growers can access these insects to their advantage.
Special Report

Difficult Harvest in Italy Leads to Higher Prices

Italian olive oil production in 2016 will probably be half of last year's, yet producers acted in time to maintain high-quality as global prices trend upward.

As Promising Harvest Nears in Italy, Favorable Conditions for the Olive Fruit Fly Too

A patchy attack in various parts of the country, due to frequent rains and warm temperatures, have made the last period of the growing season a challenge for olive farmers against one of their most feared pests.
Olive Oil Times Special

Concerns About Dimethoate Ban Among French Olive Growers

Following a ban on the use of the insecticide dimethoate in France, French olive growers are concerned about the risk of damage to olive trees by the olive fruit fly, and increasing production costs.

Study on Fruit Fly Control Wins Research Award

A winning paper proposes on an efficient, economically viable, and environmentally friendly solution to an old problem.
Special Report

After the Olive Fruit Fly and Bacterial Blight, the Dreaded Starling

There is little relief in this "Black Year" for Italian olive oil with challenges seeming to come from every direction.

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.