Biological control against locusts expands
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CTA. 1998. Biological control against locusts expands. Spore 78. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Negotiations with three companies have begun for the commercial production and sale of Green Muscle®, the biological insecticide for use against locusts and grasshoppers. Mass commercialisation will make it widely available to farmers who face...
Negotiations with three companies have begun for the commercial production and sale of Green Muscle®, the biological insecticide for use against locusts and grasshoppers. Mass commercialisation will make it widely available to farmers who face plagues of these insects. Green Muscle consists of spores of the fungus Metarhizium. Although it is applied in a manner similar to a chemical insecticide, the response time is much slower. Grasshoppers and locusts take six to ten days to die. However, they are slowly incapacitated during this period, eating and moving much less than healthy insects. Green Muscle ? the name is registered in the United Kingdom ? has been developed by a group of international research organisations called LUBILOSA (LUtte BIologique contre les LOcustes et les SAuteriaux) ? biological control of locusts and grasshoppers. LUBILOSA is a joint project by CAB International, GTZ, the Benin station of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and AGRHYMET/DFPV in Niger. The stations in Niger and Benin have pilot units, where Green Muscle is produced. It is available as a dry powder, which has to be dissolved in a mixture of, for instance, kerosene and peanut oil (7:3) in order to spray it. Green Muscle does not affect mammals, fish or birds but caution is recommended in applying the product near bee colonies. Sources and Contacts: Website: http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore78/www.cgiar.org/spipm/lubilosa International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Plant Health Management Division Biological Control Centre for Africa 08 BP Tri Postal 0932, Cotonou, Benin. Fax: + 229 350556 Email: http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore78/IITA-BENIN@cgnet.com Dr Ba-Diallo INSAH/CILSS BP 1530, Bamako, Mali. Fax: + 223 222331 AGRHYMET/DFPV/CILSS BP 1101, Niamey, Niger. Fax: + 227 732435 Email: http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore78/Agrhymet.firstname.lastname@example.org