'Off-the-shelf' biocontrol for weeds in India. Validated RNRRS Output.

Abstract

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

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.

Citation

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.

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