The Purpose of the project was to develop and promote improved methods for control of insect pests of cocoa. The project aimed to contribute to this Purpose by developing effective mycoinsecticides against the two main mirid pests of cocoa in Ghana, Distantiella theobroma and Sahlbergella singularis, and identifying the sex pheromones of these species. Mycopesticides and pheromones are non-toxic to animals and plants and specific for the target pest. Mycopesticides can be used as replacements for contact insecticides. Pheromones can be used in traps to monitor and control pest populations. There are also possibilities for using the two approaches together to lure insects to a source of mycopesticide.
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, CABI African Regional Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, Natural Resources Institute, UK., 58 pp.