Enhanced Nematode Bioinsecticides


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Researchers at Queens have develop enhanced nematode bioinsecticides using world leading expertise in nematode neurobiology, physiology and behavior.


Pest insects are responsible for up to 25% losses across global agriculture, horticulture, forestry and amenity sectors, accounting for around £100 billion each year. Insect control represents a significant cost driver for these sectors, increasingly so as pesticides are being withdrawn from use through EU legislation, and reports of insecticide resistance developing within pest populations become commonplace. The EU Sustainable Use Directive governing pesticide usage (EC regulation 1107/2009 & Directive 2009/128/EC) dictates that commercial growers of food crops and forestry operations need to begin incorporating integrated pest management strategies from 2014, with priority given to non-chemical control methods such as biopesticides. Whilst many growers have already begun this process, uptake will undoubtedly rise as more growers comply.


This proposal aims to develop enhanced nematode bioinsecticides using our expertise in nematode neurobiology, physiology and behavior.  Specifically, this project will focus on developing enhanced bioinsecticide products for the control of sciarid fly (mushroom crops and horticulture), vine weevil (horticulture) and pine weevil (forestry).


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    Paul Donachy
    The Queen's University of Belfast
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