Radish Drives Away Eggplant Fruit And Stem Borer

MT DATA RADISH

This is Mt. Data Radish from Ramgo. Intercropping radish with eggplant can reduce infestation of Eggplant Fruit and Stem Borer, a most serious pest of eggplant in the Philippines.

A team of researchers from UP Los Baños has found that radish planted alongside eggplant can drive away the destructive Eggplant Fruit and Stem Borer, the most destructive pest of eggplant.

The team, headed by Dr. Susan May F. Calaumpang, reported that intercropping radish with eggplant can prevent EFSB infestation. When the eggplant seedlings are planted in the field, radish seeds are also planted in a shallow furrow beside the eggplants. The researchers observed that the eggplants intercropped with radish were least attacked by EFSB.

The effect of the radish was most apparent 9 to 10 weeks after planting, which is the time when the radish is harvestable. With this simple technique of intercropping radish, the farmer can greatly reduce EFSB infestation and he also has a bonus harvest of radish that he can sell.

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Larva of EFSB damages the eggplant fruit.

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