Evaluation of Metarhizium anisopliae for integrated management of termites on maize and Grevillea robusta in Uganda and Kenya

Termites are a major constraint to subsistence agriculture, causing yield losses up to 100%. Recent studies have demonstrated the efficacy of the fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae for controlling termites, but little is yet known about sustainable application of this biocontrol agent. This study will assess the optimum application rates and timing of M. anisopliae to protect maize and Grevillea robusta, and its persistence in soil, effects on non-target arthropods, and compatibility in maize-legume intercrop. Findings of the study are expected to enhance development of sustainable termite management strategies for small holder farmers.
Les termites constituent un obstacle majeur à l’agriculture de subsistance, causant des pertes de rendement jusqu’à 100%. Des études récentes ont démontré l’efficacité du champignon Metarhizium anisopliae pour contrôler les termites, mais on est encore peu informé à propos de l’application durable de cet agent de lutte biologique. Cette étude permettra d’évaluer les taux et le temps d’application optimale de M. anisopliae pour protéger le maïs et Grevillea robusta, et sa persistance dans le sol, les effets sur les arthropodes non-cibles et la compatibilité de culture intercalaire de maïs et de légumineuses. Les résultats de l’étude sont attendus pour favoriser le développement de stratégies durables de lutte contre les termites pour les petits exploitants agricoles.
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East Africa
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