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: R6295: Use of Baculovirus control agents
within an integrated pest management strategy against teak defoliator,
Hyblaea puera, in India.
A simple, effective and environmentally benign method of reducing teak
defoliator moth numbers has been tested successfully in Kerala, India.
Attacks by the moth dramatically strip the leaves from these valuable
trees, causing poor growth and yield loss, distortion of the wood and
loss of income for teak farmers. The new method prevents defoliation,
minimizes tree damage and increases growth, productivity and employment
opportunities. The system uses a baculovirus, obtained from moth larvae
and harmless to humans and other insects, sprayed directly on the moths
when they appear on the trees, their arrival monitored by forest
workers. A pilot virus production plant is already supplying both
commercial and government teak plantations in Kerala and neighbouring
states. When fully adopted, the strategy will provide jobs for local
people as monitors, larvae collectors, and virus sprayers.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.
FRP03, 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 48.