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Large-scale field demonstration trials with entomopathogenic nematodes to control litchi pests in Guangdong

Overview of Project

Lychee is an important and high value crop in Guangdong Province, but suffers severe damage from insect borers, which at times cause the death of whole trees. Farmers waste much money on insecticidal treatments that have little effect because the chemicals do not penetrate the tunnels of the borers. Small scale trials have demonstrated that introduction of microscopic entomopathogenic nematodes can kill 90-100% of lychee borers, and this project will adapt the methodology to mcuh larger scale and provide demonstrations of the possibilities to lychee farmers.

Project Dates

01 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1998


Guangdong Entomological Institute - China
CSIRO Division of Entomology - Australia



02 6 246 4292

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