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…

Reproduction of fungus in rice by biological control of insects and damping off

The problems in Mexico with insects and damping off in different crops is being more difficult to control them every day, these pests can be provoking important losses in crops because they are acquiring resistant to the pesticides. The agrochemicals…

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…

The application of adaptable technology in chemical weed management towards overcoming herbicide inconsistencies

Imaginary world Let us first try to create a mental image, shall we? Imagine there are 4 colleagues; Herb, Elite, Susan and Paul. Elite (the boss) is a very unpredictable being who changes moods frequently like a chameleon. Susan and…

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…

Ushering cost effective potato IPM measures to smallholder farmers in southern highlands of Tanzania

Agriculture is the pivotal sector on which the livelihood of most Tanzanians relies. Agriculture has employed approximately 80% of Tanzanians with a share of approximately 50% in the Tanzania’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Being cognizant of this, the Tanzanian government…