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Protecting biodiversity through the development of environmentally sustainable locust and grasshopper control

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01118
Project type: CM (Combined Research and Demonstration Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,276,210 EUR
EC Contribution: 741,188 EUR
Scientific Officer: Massimo BURIONI
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
Locusts and grasshoppers are key pests in several parts of Europe and the neighbouring regions. Current control relies on broad-spectrum chemical pesticides. Many thousands of hectares are sprayed each year, often in areas of major conservation value. The aim of this proposal is to reduce the environmental impact of these control operations through the development of a new environmentally susbainable strategy, based on the use of a mycoinsecticide. The mycoinsecticide has been developed and tested in Africa and its safety and efficacy proven. However, the capacity to produce and use this new technology effectively in Europe does not exist. This project will create this capacity providing immediate benefits for biodiversity and, additionally, will create new opportunities for exploiting microbial agents for control of other pests.


Coordinator
Jeremy HARRIS
CABI Bioscience (a Division of CAB International)
Ascot
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1344 872999
Fax: +44 1491 829123
E-mail: j.harris@cabi.org


Partners
  Mathew THOMAS
NERC Centre for Population Biology - Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Ascot
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1491 829132
Fax: +44 1491 829123
E-mail: m.thomas@cabi.org
  Michel GUILLON
Natural Plant Protection S.A.
Pau
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 59609220
Fax: +33 5 59609219
E-mail: cal20@calliope-sa.com
  Candido SANTIAGO ALVAREZ
Universidad de Cordoba
Cordoba
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 957218989
Fax: +34 957218990
E-mail: cr1saalc@uco.es
  Juan Pablo GONZALEZ ESTEBARANZ
Aragonesas Agro S.A.
Madrid
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 915852316
Fax: +34 915852328
E-mail: goesjp@arrakis.es
  Teodoro MOLEAS
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Bari
Bari
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0805442872
Fax: +39 0805442876
E-mail: moleas@agr.uniba.it