Vigicultures ® observation protocol for oilseed rape

Vigicultures ® observation protocol for oilseed rape

This protocol presents methods for monitoring of diseases and animal pests on oilseed rape, at the field scale. The following pests are observed:

  • Striped turnip flea beetle (Phyllotreta nemorum)
  • Coleseed saw-fly (Athalia rosae)
  • Cabbage stem flea beetle (Psylliodes chrysocephala)
  • Rape winter stem weevil (Ceutorhynchus picitarsis)
  • Green peach aphid (Myzus persicae)
  • Turnip aphid (Lipaphis erysimi)
  • Cabbage aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae)
  • Wireworm
  • Cabbage fly (Delia radicum)
  • Cabbage moth (Mamestra brassicae)
  • Turnip gall weevil (Ceuthorhynchus pleurostigma)
  • Voles
  • Cabbage stem weevil (Ceuthorrhynchus quadridens)
  • Rape stem weevil (Ceuthorrhynchus napi)
  • Cabbage aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae)
  • Rape beetle (Meligethes aeneus)
  • Brassica pod midge (Dasineura brassicae)
  • Oilseed rape baris
  • Cabbage worm (Pieris brassicae)
  • Root-knot nematode
  • Slugs
  • Stem canker
  • Downy mildew
  • Club root of cabbage
  • White leaf spot
  • Light leaf spot
  • Powdery mildew
  • Grey mould
  • White rot
  • Dark leaf spot
  • Verticillium wilt
  • Viroses transmitted by aphids
  • Broom-rape


Vigicultures ® is a user-friendly and quick information system on pest pressure created by four French technical institutes: Arvalis-Institut du végétal (cereals, legume crops, potato, maize, fodder crops), CETIOM (oleaginous crops), ITB (sugar beet, fodder beet) and ITL (flax). The objectives of the system are a real-time identification and monitoring of the pests, an evaluation of the risks for the crops and information allowing farmers and field operators to target crop protection interventions. Information is collected according to harmonised protocols by observers belonging to regional networks, and stored in a database. The information is used in the agricultural advertisements “Bulletin de Santé du Vegetal” (plant health reports). The protocol presented here is used for data collection at the local level.

Author: CETIOM

Protocols (and appendix except appendix 1) for permanents or occasional observation plots (in French) are downloadable below

Modification date : 25 April 2023 | Publication date : 04 January 2014 | Redactor : IPM network