Developing a new variety of crop inoculant: a bacteria known as methylotrophs

One of the major challenges in agriculture is increasing yield while minimizing inputs and environmental impacts. One exciting approach to this problem is developing commercial inoculants of plant growth promoting microorganisms. Many people will typically associate bacteria and fungi with…

Use plant extracts as biopesticide and plant leaves as biofertiliser for soil amendments, to improve production, nutritional content and organoleptic properties of soybean grown in Cameroon

I began research in 2001 in the field of plant disease control as a master level student with a dissertation entitled: « Stabilite et activite antifongique de cinq huiles essentielles contre Bipolaris oryzae (shoem.) ». I continued in 2005 with…

Adapting nanotechnology as versatile instrument for the development of eco-friendly pest control methods with semiochemicals

Environmentally friendly alternatives safe to non-target organisms for the control of insects vectoring phytopathogens are in the focus of agricultural research worldwide. In Europe, many fruit trees of the family Rosaceae are seriously affected by phytoplasmas of the apple proliferation…

Contrôle du flétrissement bactérien de la tomate par l’utilisation du “compost bactéricide” dans les périmètres maraîchers des Hauts-Bassins

La tomate est assujettie au flétrissement bactérien causé par Ralstonia solanacearum (E. F. Smith)qui peut occasionner des pertes de rendements pouvant atteindre 90%. C’est l’une des maladies telluriques la plus dévastatrice au monde. Elle a été à l’origine de l’abandon…

Exploitation of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) allelopathic characteristics in controlling weeds in Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.)

My idea for sustainable crop protection involves the use of plant species to control weeds in crop production systems particularly targeting resource poor farmers practicing Conservation Agriculture (CA). Conservation agriculture is a climate smart technique of growing crops through the…

Assessment of endophytic fungi extracts from common medicinal plants effective to control key vegetable insect pests

Endophytic fungi are heterotrophic microorganisms that inhabit the internal parts of plants locally or systemically without showing any disease symptoms due to establishment of different association ranging from mutualism to commensalism. Different  medicinal plants has shown to have various kind…

Use of push-pull technology to control Fall armyworm in maize: Intercropping with marigold (Tagetes erecta L.) and bordering with napier grass (Pennistetum purpureum)

Maize (Zea mays) is the principle cash crop in Zambia as well as the main staple crop which supports livelihoods of about 85% of the population. Maize (Zea mays) is produced by both commercial farmers and smallholder farmers. However, there…