CABI is continuing the fight against the maize-devastating western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) by collecting more than 22,000 live specimens of this chrysomelid beetle for further research into its biological control.
CABI has showcased its expertise in agricultural knowledge to some of Hungary’s leading information experts, librarians and scientists as part of a special open day aimed at raising awareness of its knowledge databases, compendia and e-books.
Twenty-four agricultural students from around the world, including China, Cuba, Vietnam, Myanmar, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Pakistan, have passed a five-day course in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) organised by CABI.
The legacy of the Working in Partnership for Agricultural Technology Transfer (AgriTT) programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is living on at a facility in Rwanda which is producing biological control agents to kill a variety of crop pests including the devastating fall armyworm.
A PhD student, supervised by CABI’s invasive species and maize production expert Dr Stefan Toepfer, is stepping up the fight against one of the most destructive pests of maize in North America and Europe – the western corn rootworm.
CABI scientists have shared their expertise on biological control methods to tackle a range of agricultural pests and diseases that threaten global food security at the First International Congress of Biological Control held in Beijing, China.