CABI searches for biological control to halt surge of papaya mealybug menace in Kenya

Papaya mealybug can devastate a whole crop unless it is controlled CABI scientists are working with partners in Kenya to find a natural enemy to fight the invasive papaya mealybug pest (Paracoccus marginatus) which can devastate whole crops if left unmanaged. Fernadis Makale, an Invasive Species…
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CABI joins forces to fight fruit fly and mango hopper pests in Pakistan

MoU signing: Riaz Mahmood-Biological Control NEFR Specialist-CABI, Prof Dr Abdu Ghani Lanjar, Dean Faculty of Crop Protection (FCPT)-SAU, Prof Dr Mujeebuddin Memon, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Engineer Syed Nadeem Shah, Project Director-SIAPEP A tripartite agreement has been signed by CABI’s Biological Control NEFR…
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Global Burden of Crop Loss

Crop field
Efforts to reach Sustainable Development Goals in food security, nutrition and livelihoods are being hindered by crop loss. Up 40% of crop yields are lost to pests and disease but the data available to prove and show trends is limited. The Global Burden of Crop Loss project will collect, validate,…
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New study calls for Integrated Pest Management techniques to fight fall armyworm

Fall armyworm
The fall armyworm attacking maize – just one of over a hundred crops the pest targets CABI scientists are recommending the use of more environmentally sustainable biological controls, as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy, to fight the fall armyworm (FAW) instead of favouring…
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CABI teams up with Koppert to lead biological fight against devastating tomato pest in Kenya

A farm manager checks for Tuta absoluta on tomato crops in Kajiado County, Kenya
CABI has joined forces with world-leading biological control specialists Koppert to step-up a more sustainable fight against the tomato farmer’s worst enemy – the tomato leafminer, known scientifically as Tuta absoluta – which in Kenya alone causes 50-80 percent yield loss if no control method is applied.
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World scientists scrutinize latest research on maize insect pests which threaten global food security

IWGO Conference 2019
IWGO Conference 2019 delegates Nearly 100 experts from more than 20 countries around the world convened to present the very latest research on how to fight a range of devastating maize insect pests – including corn borers, rootworms, bollworms and fall armyworms – that threaten global…
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Demonstrating biological approaches for sustainable management of tomato leafminer in Kenya

CABI staff showing Tuta absoluta with farmer
Since 2014, the tomato leafminer has become the most serious threat to the sustainable productivity of tomato in Kenya, causing up to 80% yield loss. Almost 98% of farmers’ crop suffer from this pest and when using pesticides as a control method, only 27% of farmers report success. Building on…
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Rearing natural enemies to control crop pests in Pakistan

Parasitized mealybug by Aenasius bambawalei
Protecting crops from pests and diseases in Pakistan is still reliant on unsustainable pesticide practices. Between 1980 and 2004 the use of pesticide increased by over 6,600 percent, despite yields remaining stagnant over the same period. Since 2004, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods have proved successful for reducing pesticide use…
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CABI scientists track wheat aphids and their natural enemies for better pest management in Pakistan

Aphids damaging wheat spikes
For the first time, CABI scientists have studied the distribution and population dynamics of wheat aphids and their natural enemies in Pakistan through seasons and periods of time. This research could be useful to develop better pest management methods and safer, healthier crops in wheat production.
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Evaluation of fungal pathogens for biocontrol of cat’s claw creeper

Fungal Spots on Cat's Claw
Cat’s claw creeper is a vigorous vine native to tropical Central America and northern South America. Introduced into Australia for ornamental purposes, this troublesome liana escaped cultivation and is now regarded as a significant environmental weed.
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