Colorado potato beetle threatens Dutch potatoes

The Dutch potato crop is threatened by a pest of Colorado potato beetles. Because of the warm weather the number of beetles no longer decreases in the winter. The animals, which feed themselves with potatoes, become farmers worst nightmare because of irreparable damage which they can cause to the plants.

Within a short time the animals infest potato fields and eat away complete fields. LTO the Netherlands also confirms an increase of the number of reports of potato beetles. According to DLV plant most reports come from the northern farms and the polders.

The biggest problem of the animal is that he has no natural enemies, explains Naber. However the larvae can be exterminated, but the beetles themselves are resistant against all possible toxins.

British scientists already warned before that the climate changes could have an influence on the population of the destructive insects.

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