FAQ Plant health warning service

What is the AGES Plant Health Warning Service?

The warning service provides information on pests in fruit growing, viticulture, field cultivation, vegetable growing and ornamental plant cultivation. The list of warnings includes insects, mites, fungi, molluscs, invasive plants and weeds as well as voles and climate-related or cultivation-relevant information (e.g. frost). One focus is on warnings for codling moth and plum moth.

From spring to autumn, the short-term forecast of the occurrence of plant pests and diseases is an important aid not only for farmers, but also for hobby gardeners. With timely recommendations for targeted protective measures, pests can be combated early and optimally.

How does the plant health warning service work?

The plant health experts at AGES are organising an early warning system for codling moth and plum moth in various climate zones in Austria. The "cage method" (observation of the developmental stages) is used to precisely determine moth flight, egg laying and caterpillar hatching. In addition, attractant traps (pheromone traps) are hung out in the wild in order to recognise temporal differences in the moth flight in the different climate zones.

For other pests (e.g. plum sawfly, box tree moth), the observations of AGES plant health experts form the basis for any warnings. All warnings are published on www.warndienst-pflanzengesundheit.at and in newsletters.


What information can I find?

Farmers and hobby gardeners can find tips on the prevention and control of pests. The newsletter provides you with timely warnings about the occurrence of pests and their various stages of development as well as information about control options using plant cultivation methods, recommendations for action for crops that are already infested and about authorised plant protection products(plant protection product register).

What is the pest database?

The AGES pest database offers a comprehensive collection of information on the occurrence, symptoms and damage patterns as well as tips on combating pests. The database also contains information on invasive, i.e. alien plants and animals.

What is the official plant protection product register?

All plant protection products tested and authorised by the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) are entered in the plant protection product register under a consecutive number. The active substances contained in the plant protection product and, in particular, the detailed application regulations, conditions and instructions are listed. The plant protection product register is continuously updated and can be accessed online.

Last updated: 06.03.2024

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