Comparative study between ATOMES novels, NOVOSECT SC21®, ATO BED BUG® and neo-boost® as a bio-organic solution in managing tomato open field plantation in Hrajel area in Lebanon.
The increasing use of chemical insecticides has adversely effected the environment and increased insect resistance. Biopesticides have been noticed the potential to be an excellent alternative to chemicals to reduce the negative impacts to human health and the environment. Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is the second most important vegetable crop worldwide due to its nutritional importance. The effect of NOVOSECT SC21® (0.5 L/200 L), ATO BED BUGS® (1 L/200 L) and NEO-BOOST® (1 kg/200 L) against Tuta absoluta, Liriomyza trifolii and Alternaria solani was studied. A complete randomized block design (CRBD) was used with three replications, three treatments and one control in Hrajel area in Lebanon in the summer of 2020. We evaluated the level of infestation and larval mortality level of Tuta absoluta, Liriomyza trifolii and Alternaria solani infection 24, 48 and 72 hr after the application. Results showed that NOVOSECT SC21® (Mix of metabolites of the Bacillus F.D. 777) was the most efficient in decreasing the infestation and inducing larval mortality level of T. absoluta and L. trifolii and the fungal infection induced by A. solani with significant difference with time, followed respectively by ATO BED BUGS® and finally NEO-BOOST®.