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Trapping adult males of the fall armyworm by female sex pheromone traps to limit the development of this insect pest

The fall armyworm (Spodoptera Frugiperda) is a pest that attacks more than 80 species of cultivated plants, causing damages to cereals of high economic importance such as maize, rice, sorghum. They also attack garden’s crops and cotton. The fall armyworm…

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…

Investigation of the effect of seasonal variation on the accumulation of secondary metabolites and antimicrobial effect of essential oils from selected plants

Postharvest diseases poses major threats to the food industry worldwide. These diseases are usually controlled by means of cultural practices (e.g. sanitation) and chemical application by means of postharvest washing of freshly harvested produce. Yet, there is a limited availability…

Protection of Agricultural Crops against diseases and pests by using water having dissolved dead fishes (or parts of dead fishes) for irrigation of fields

The research has been carried out in Pakistani fields that a water tank full of dead fishes is made to irrigate the agriculture land. Fishes have enough value of minerals, proteins and vitamins which will dissolve in the water and…

Use of eco-friendly and low cost locally available botanical extracts for the control of common bean pests in Uganda

Common bean is the most important grain legume consumed in Uganda. Known as the “meat for the poor”, the crop is the most important source of protein to the Ugandan population providing about 45% of the total dietary protein.  Despite…

Enhancing production and productivity of vegetable crops through sustainable and eco-friendly integrated pest management technologies in Ethiopia

Cultivation and marketing of vegetables for urban and export markets is emerging as an important income-generating activity for many smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia. According to CSA (2018), 6.6 million farmers are currently producing vegetable crops on 208,985.91…

Combination of landscape architecture and cultivation of honey bees in paddy planting as a continuous pest control effort and development of local agro-economic tourism

Some time ago during a lecture at the campus I listened to a message from Prof. Ir. Totok Agung Dwi Haryanto, M.P., Ph.D regarding the importance of considering conservation and economic value. He said (more or less) "When we are…