Development of a modular plant protection strategy based on different sustainable, non-chemical methods to control the sea buckthorn fly (MoPlaSa)

Duration:  August 2018 - October 2022





►EIP - Ministerium für Ländliche Entwicklung Umwelt und Landwirtschaft in Brandenburg


►Europäische Landwirtschaftsfonds für die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums (ELER)

►European Commission


Lead: Dr. Sandra Lerche, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)


Coordination: Katharina Schmidt, agrathaer


Partners: Forst Schneebecke, Gut Schmerwitz GmbH & Co. KG, Havelfrucht Werder GmbH, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, agrathaer GmbH, e-nema GmbH, Internationale Geotextil GmbH (IGG). Pflanzenschutzdienst Brandenburg des Landesamts für Ländliche Entwicklung, Landwirtschaft und Flurneuordnung (PSD), Landesforschungsanstalt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LFA), Sanddornverein e. V. – Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Sanddorn und Wildobst (SV).

Photo: Sea buckthorn fly ©Sandra Lerche


In the federal State of Brandenburg, cultivation of sea buckthorn Hippophae rhamnoides L. is increasingly threatened by the fruit fly Rhagoletis batava HER. Fruit damage and yield losses can be up to 80%, thus the cultivation is endangered.


The aim of the EIP-agri project MoPlaSa, which is funded by ELER, is to develop a modular plant protection strategy the sea buckthorn fly. This enables sea buckthorn growers to implement individually adaptable control measures against the fly. Different modules like traps, mechanical soil cultivation, barriers, macro- and microorganisms and the susceptibility of varieties will be regarded and tested separately as well as in effective combinations. Together with the four growers and other partners, associated with the project, all modules are going to be tested comprehensively. MoPlaSa will provide ready to use practical recommendations.