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The AHDB-funded AMBER project led by Dave Chandler is designed to identify practical ways to improve biopesticide performance in protected crops.

j.invertebrate_pathology_apr18.jpgInvestigating the potential of an autodissemination system for managing populations of vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Coleoptera : Curculionidae) with entomopathogenic fungi

Pope Tom, Hough Gemma, Arbona Charlotte, Bennison Jude, Roberts Harriet, Prince Gillian and Chandler Dave 

Vine weevil, also known as black vine weevil, (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) is an economically important pest affecting soft fruit and nursery stock in temperate regions. We used laboratory and polytunnel experiments to investigate a novel control system based on autodissemination of spores of an entomopathogenic fungus to populations of adult vine weevils. The fungus was applied as a conidial powder, used on its own or formulated with talc, to a simple plastic refuge for vine weevils. The potential of an autodissemination system for entomopathogenic fungi as a means of controlling vine weevil as part of an integrated pest management programme is discussed.

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. April 2018

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