Cochineal: comparison of production methods in cut cladodes

Aldama-Aguilera, C. y C. Llanderal-Cázares,
Agrociencia 37 (1): 11-19., 2003.


The growing demand of natural dyes has estimulated the research for production of cochineal (Dactylopius coccus). In this research four forms of arranging cactus pear pads, or cladodes, and four methods of infesting the pads to produce cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) were evaluated in a greenhouse. Efficiency was determined by counting the number of females per cladode and calculating the return-on-investment ratio. The most effective method was infestation with tulle nests on cladodes arranged vertically in a raffia net.