Field cage study highlights safety of classic biological control agent against devastating invasive fruit fly

D. suzukii on cherry
CABI scientists have led new research which highlights the safety of a classical biological control agent against the devastating invasive fruit fly Drosophila suzukii which attacks over 150 wild and cultivated fruits, including cherries, blueberries and strawberries, as well as the fruits of ornamental plants. Drosophila suzukii, or commonly called…
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Natural enemy fight increased against papaya mealybug in Kenya

Papaya mealybug impact
CABI in collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) are busy stepping up the fight against the devastating papaya mealybug (Paracoccus marginatus) which has been ranked high in the top pests affecting papaya and other horticultural crops. Invasive species experts from CABI’s centre for Africa based in…
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CABI-led study ranks potentially harmful invasive alien plant species in Ghana

Internal necrosis is a typical symptom of the viral infection
A CABI-led study has conducted a comprehensive survey of nearly 200 potentially harmful alien plant species that could have a detrimental impact upon agriculture, forestry and biodiversity in Ghana once they enter the country. Invasive Alien Species (IAS) continue to shape the global landscape through their effects on biological diversity…
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Opportunities for natural enemy to fight devastating fall armyworm, review highlights

Telenomus remus
A new CABI-led review has highlighted mass rearing techniques, estimated costs of mass production and release strategies for the natural enemy Telenomus remus that suggests it could be effective in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in affected countries. The study, published in CABI Agriculture and Bioscience,…
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Tiny mite shows promise as biological control agent to fight Australian swamp stonecrop in UK and Europe

Aculus crassulae induced galls on Crassula helmsii at UK release site
A new study led by CABI scientists has confirmed that a tiny mite, Aculus crassulae, shows promise to be used as a more environmentally-friendly biological control agent against the aquatic weed Crassula helmsii in the UK and Europe. The research, published in the journal Biological Control, reveals that A. crassulae…
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New CABI-led study examines relationship between two natural enemies of brown marmorated stink bug pest

Brown marmorated stink bug on cherry
A new CABI-led study has examined the relationship between two closely-related natural enemies of the brown marmorated stink bug in respect of how they interact when trying to attack the fruit and nut pest’s egg masses. The brown marmorated stink bug is a global pest which in 2016 caused $60m…
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