Armoured bush crickets (ABC) are destructive, sporadic pests of smallholder cereal crops in semi-arid areas of southern Africa. This project sought to develop and promote a sustainable IPM strategy against ABC, working in collaboration with smallholder farmers and the Botswana MoA. The two principal areas of research were:
- Population dynamics of ABC, aiming to develop an ABC outbreak forecasting system;
- Development and testing of a range of environmentally benign ABC control measures appropriate for resource-poor farmers.
Green, S. Biology and control of armoured bush crickets in Southern Africa. Final Technical Report. Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, Kent, UK (2002) 60 pp.