Institute for Plant Protection, NARO

Quarantine Technology Group

Phytosanitary needs regarding international trade for plant protection must be met to enable successful export of high-quality Japanese fruit and tea. A range of measures are needed to prevent pests not native to the importing country from being introduced via exported fruit. Exported foods must also satisfy the maximum residue limits (MRLs) that each importing country sets.
This group is therefore developing:

  • phytosanitary measures against fruit pests, and pest diagnostic methods important toward satisfying phytosanitary conditions for fruit export and import
  • pest control systems for fruit and tea that satisfy the importing countries' MRLs for pesticides

Peach fruit moth, Carposina sasakii.
Larva (Top left), adult (Top right), and mature larva escaping from a damaged apple fruit (Bottom)