This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R6695: India: Developing strategies for the
control of Parthenium weed in India using fungal pathogens.
Scientists in India now have the skills to screen and use biological
controls for pests. The exotic noxious weed Parthenium not only causes
severe crop losses but also affects people—causing contact dermatitis
and allergies. Already used in many countries, biological controls for
weeds are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Now, Indian
scientists have successfully imported, screened and released a rust to
control Parthenium. Proven in UK and Australia, this opens the door for
other 'off-the-shelf' pest controls to be introduced. Biological
controls could have a major impact on raising incomes of the poor,
helping them to use less pesticide and boost crop yields. Interest in
these biological control methods is now spreading throughout Asia.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP71, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 51.