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Discovery of Tiny Insect-killing Worm
February 2024
Scientific Findings

University of California-Riverside (UCR) scientists have discovered a tiny worm species that infects and kills insects. This new species is a member of a family […]

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Biotalys Enters into Academic Collaborations with Scientific Leaders in Europe and US
February 2024
Scientific Findings

Biotalys has entered into several academic collaborations with leading researchers in plant pathology in both Europe and the US. Biotalys’ R&D program BioFun-4 was initiated […]

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WUR Launches Major Research Project on Plant-parasitic Nematodes Control
February 2024
Scientific Findings

Root-knot nematodes are now appearing further north in Europe and cyst nematodes have become more difficult to control, threatening major crops such as tomato and […]

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Pivot Bio, Iowa State University Partner on Center for Sustainable Agriculture
February 2024
Scientific Findings

Pivot Bio has opened its new 36,000-square-foot Customer Success Center in the heart of the Iowa State University Research Park. The facility will develop microbial […]

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Macaronesian Plants as Promising Biopesticides Against Mediterranean Fruit Fly
February 2024
Scientific Findings

Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is responsible for significant economic losses in the fruit production industry, and the market lacks biopesticides that are effective but […]

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Unveiling Biocontrol Potential of Trichoderma Isolates Against Tomato Leaf Spot Disease
February 2024
Scientific Findings

A recent study by Philip, B., Behiry, S.I., Salem, M.Z.M. et al. has demonstrated that Trichoderma afroharzianum TRI07 metabolites inhibit Alternaria alternata (tomato leaf spot) […]

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GLVs: Nature’s Biopesticide Studied
February 2024
Scientific Findings

Green leaf volatiles (GLVs) are easily evaporated oils that plants use to communicate with other plants and defend themselves against herbivores or pathogens like bacteria […]

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University of Missouri Extension Receives Grant to Study Biological Control
February 2024
Scientific Findings

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education has awarded University of Missouri Extension a three-year, USD$250,000 grant to study the management of fusarium disease in […]

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Updated Free Guide for Greenhouse Biological Control Agents Available
February 2024
Scientific Findings

Growers new to biological control are sometimes overwhelmed by the number and diversity of biological control agents for the most common greenhouse insect and mite […]

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DAERA Announces USD$2 million Research Funding
January 2024
Scientific Findings

The UK’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) announced new co-funding awards for agri-food and environmental research totaling over £1.6 million (USD$2 million). […]

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Funding for Genomically-driven Sustainable Agriculture Research at McGill
January 2024
Scientific Findings

The government of Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, announced an investment of CDN$41 million for genomics research under Genome […]

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Tricholime: A New Granular Lime-based Trichoderma Formulation Developed
January 2024
Scientific Findings

ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research (ICAR-IISR), Kozhikode, has developed a new granular lime-based Trichoderma formulation. The formulation, named ‘Tricholime’, integrates Trichoderma and lime into a […]

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Scientists Engineer Plant Microbiome to Protect Crops Against Disease
January 2024
Scientific Findings

Scientists have engineered the microbiome of plants for the first time, boosting the prevalence of ‘good’ bacteria that protect the plant from disease. “For the […]

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Researchers Explore Farmers' Response to High Fertilizer Prices
January 2024
Scientific Findings

In a new study, South Dakota State University (US) researchers explored what strategies are being deployed by farmers in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and North […]

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Scientists Develop Biopesticide from Fungi
January 2024
Scientific Findings

Gonipterus platensis, or the Eucalyptus snout beetle, has a heavy impact on Eucalyptus Forest plantations worldwide, and are mostly controlled using the micro wasp Anaphes […]

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Researchers Isolate Macapá Soil Fungus to Produce Bioinsecticide
January 2024
Scientific Findings

Embrapa Amapá, part of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, has developed a microbiological insecticide to fight fruit fly species, including the quarantine pest carambola fruit […]

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Structure of the Lysinibacillus sphaericus Tpp49Aa1 Pesticidal Protein Elucidated from Natural Crystals Using MHz-SFX
December 2023
Scientific Findings

A team of researchers in the UK and Germany has used an emerging technique to obtain a high-resolution structure of the Tpp49Aa1 protein from natively […]

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Viruses Shown to Be Effective Biological Control
December 2023
Scientific Findings

Scientists at Minami Kyushu University in Japan have made a discovery of a new biological control for a target insect. They have identified a virus […]

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Applying Silicon to Olive Leaves Promotes Growth
December 2023
Scientific Findings

A team from the María de Maetzu Unit of Excellence in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Cordoba (DAUCO) has verified how an […]

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New South Wales Uses Natural Enemies to Target Weeds
December 2023
Scientific Findings

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is taking action to combat invasive weeds by investing nearly AUD$500,000 into a program […]

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Biocontrol Agent Released to Control Parthenium Weed in Pakistan
December 2023
Scientific Findings

In Pakistan, “famine weed” or parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus) now covers thousands of hectares of agricultural and rangeland, posing an economic burden to farmers. To control […]

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Genome Sequence and Annotation of Periconia digitata a Hopeful Biocontrol Agent of Phytopathogenic Oomycetes
November 2023
Scientific Findings

A group of French researchers has published long-read genomic data for the fungal genus Periconia (phylum Ascomycota, order Pleosporales, family Periconiaceae) in Scientific Data, an […]

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Biocontrol Puts Weeds on the Back Foot
November 2023
Scientific Findings

The Australian government states that renewed focus on weed biocontrol through a collaborative initiative is set to deliver benefits to land managers and the environment […]

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£2.45 million gift launches novel research to sustainably increase crop yields
November 2023
Scientific Findings

Imperial College London researchers are testing soil microbial communities to protect ecosystems thanks to a £2.45 million donation from the Michael Uren Foundation. This research […]

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Two Invasive Insects Reported in Minnesota
October 2023
Scientific Findings

Two invasive insects new to Minnesota were reported to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Report a Pest service: the elm seed bug (Arocatus melanocephalus) […]

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New Biocontrol Lab in India
October 2023
Scientific Findings

A biocontrol lab to produce pesticides without synthetic inputs will be established at Elookkara in Kadungalloor panchayat under the Agriculture Infrastructure Development Project (AIDP) with […]

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Grant Award for Invasive Species Research
October 2023
Scientific Findings

Kristine Grayson, associate professor of biology at the University of Richmond, is continuing her research on invasive insect control with support from a new $162,438 […]

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Hunting Viruses to Protect Sugarcane Crops
October 2023
Scientific Findings

Insect-specific viruses are being investigated to protect Australia’s $4 billion sugar industry in a research project at The University of Queensland. Dr. Kayvan Etebari from […]

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Partnership Develops Natural Biocontrol Products From Microalgae
September 2023
Scientific Findings

Biotechnology companies, Algalíf Iceland and ImmunRise Biocontrol France have entered into formal discussions regarding a long-term strategic partnership for the development of a large-scale microalgae […]

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Novel Biopesticide Discovered by Rhodes University PhD Researchers
September 2023
Scientific Findings

Research by two Rhodes University PhD graduates, Tamryn Marsberg and Michael Jukes, has led to the patent of viral-based products, MultiMax and CodlMax, as alternatives […]

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Natural Soil Bacterium May Provide Treatment to Citrus Greening
September 2023
Scientific Findings

Scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) may have found a potential remedy for the untreatable disease that has devastated the American citrus industry since […]

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Approach for Quick Exploration of Broad-Spectrum Biocontrol Strains Based on PO8 Protein Inhibition
September 2023
Scientific Findings

Aflatoxin is a group of strongly toxic and carcinogenic mycotoxins produced by Aspergillus flavus and other Aspergillus species, which caused food contamination and food loss […]

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South Dakota Universities Receive National Grant for Soil Science
September 2023
Scientific Findings

The National Science Foundation awarded USD$4 million to several state colleges for a new collaborative research partnership. Its goal: developing cheaper and more environmentally friendly […]

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Research Helps Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Identify Effects from Pollinators
September 2023
Scientific Findings

Scientists hope research on pollinators can help to head off diseases that can harm cranberry crops. A new research project studied the microbes carried by […]

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Alien Invasive Species in Australia
September 2023
Scientific Findings

Australia’s biodiversity has evolved mostly in isolation from the rest of the world, with many species unique to Australia. But the country’s biodiversity is at […]

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Moths That Slow Spread of Invasive Fern Studied
August 2023
Scientific Findings

USDA research has identified moths that slow the spread of an invasive fern. The invasive Old World climbing fern was introduced to Florida’s ecosystem from […]

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Fighting Fall Armyworm in Bangladesh
August 2023
Scientific Findings

Fall armyworm infestations have impacted one of Bangladesh’s most important crops, maize. Using biological control is a viable way to control these pests. But although […]

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Samurai Wasp Biocontrol Against BMSB
July 2023
Scientific Findings

The Samurai wasp (Trissolcus mitsukurii) is being touted as a potential future biocontrol superhero against brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an insect pest threatening Australia. […]

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CABI, FA Bio and CHAP Partner on Feasibility Study
July 2023
Scientific Findings

CABI has joined forces with FA Bio and Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) as part of a two-year feasibility study investigating the power of native […]

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Parasitic Fly Studied
July 2023
Scientific Findings

CABI scientists from its center in Switzerland are exploring the use of the parasitic fly Istocheta aldrichi as a classical biological control agent against the […]

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New Biocontrol Weapon
July 2023
Scientific Findings

A strain of roundworm discovered for the first time in Australian pine plantations during University of the Sunshine Coast-led research could become the timber industry’s […]

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5-Year Strategy to Combat Spotted Lanternfly
July 2023
Scientific Findings

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Spotted Lanternfly Strategic Planning Working Group released the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Five-Year Strategy […]

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Biocontrol Agents Against Okra Wilt Studied
July 2023
Scientific Findings

Researchers have concluded that root-knot nematode and root-rot fungi can be reduced by using fungal culture filtrates and could improve plant growth. As reported in […]

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£30m Awarded to Over 50 Projects
June 2023
Scientific Findings

A joint initiative between the UKs Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded £30m to over 50 […]

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Parasitoid Released to Target the Coffee Berry Borer
June 2023
Scientific Findings

Researchers in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS) and USDA-ARS […]

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Biocontrol potential of native isolates of Beauveria bassiana against cotton leafworm
June 2023
Scientific Findings

The entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana is reported as the most potent biological control agent against a wide range of insect families. A study, published in […]

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Battling Weeds with Biocontrol
June 2023
Scientific Findings

New Zealand is home to around 2,300 native species of plants, but an estimated 25,000-30,000 species of plants from overseas. Dr. Angela Bownes, a senior […]

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MSU Research into Wheat Stem Sawfly Biocontrols
June 2023
Scientific Findings

Research from a Montana State University (MSU) alumna published recently in the journal Physiological Entomology could have tangible impact for Montana agricultural producers who deal […]

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