The 'new one' - a pest personified
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CTA. 1994. The 'new one' - a pest personified. Spore 53. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The pest from Afar 11pp published by GTZ, PO Box 5180, 65726 Eschborn, GERMANY
Togo was first affected in 1984 by a pest referred to by farmers who were soon to be devastated by this menace, as the 'new one'. This 'new' pest was none other than the larger rain borer (see CTA Activity) which was to become all-too-familiar to farmers in many other African countries. The pest from Afar begins with a case history of a Togolese farmer who, although surrounded by affected neighbours, was unaffected himself, trusted to luck until finally in 1990, he too succumbed to the devastation that the larger grain borer can wreak on a crop that has been stored for eight months. However throughout these intervening years, GTZ had been researching ways in which the LGB could be controlled both chemically and biologically. This booklet out lines the steps that were taken on the route to finally deciding on the release in 1991 of a predatory beetle, Teretriosoma nigrescens, which is host-specific, as the means of combating the menace of LGB in Togo. The pest from Afar 11pp published by GTZ, PO Box 5180, 65726 Eschborn, GERMANY