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Article Department: Scientific Findings

WUR Scientists Develop Sticky Biopesticide
June 2024
Scientific Findings

Researchers from The Netherlands' Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Leiden University have engineered a biological barrier that protects plants from diseases and pests. The […]

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Australian Researcher Receives Funding for Spider Venom Fight Against Plague Locusts
June 2024
Scientific Findings

A University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) researcher is milking hundreds of venomous spiders in the hope of creating a biological insecticide that can help […]

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Two Moth Species Now in Fight Against Invasive Phragmites
June 2024
Scientific Findings

Two small but mighty moths are showing promise in controlling the spread of Phragmites australis plants in Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, University of Toronto […]

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Biocontrol Efficacy of Bacillus sp. and Pseudomonas fluorescens Against Olive Knot Disease
June 2024
Scientific Findings

Olive knot disease, caused by Pseudomonas savastanoi, poses a significant threat to olive cultivation, necessitating sustainable alternatives to conventional chemical control. A study published in […]

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Biocontrol Potentiality of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens Against Postharvest Soft Rot of Tomatoes
June 2024
Scientific Findings

A team of researchers from China's Jiangsu University have published a new study assessing the biocontrol potentiality of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens (Ba) against postharvest soft rot […]

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New Rust Fungus Biocontrol Agent for African Boxthorn Weed
June 2024
Scientific Findings

A new targeted biological control release program for African Boxthorn weed in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has been launched by the Commonwealth Scientific and […]

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Bacteria Found in Mosquito Guts Could Help Scientists Fight Dengue, Zika
May 2024
Scientific Findings

A team of researchers has discovered a potential microblal biocontrol for use in the battle against disease vectoring mosquitoes such as Aedes albopictus. Aedes species […]

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Biocontrol Agent for Foot Rot Disease in Basmati
May 2024
Scientific Findings

India’s Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has registered the biocontrol agent Trichoderma asperellum 2% WP with the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC) in that […]

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Prospects of Classical Biological Control of Papaya Mealybug
May 2024
Scientific Findings

A CABI-led study has revealed the effectiveness of a tiny wasp (Acerophagus papayae) for controlling papaya mealybug. These parasitic wasps – natural enemies of papaya […]

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Global Experts to Develop Beneficial Nematode-based Biocontrol Solution to Fall Armyworm
May 2024
Scientific Findings

A team of international experts are collaborating to develop beneficial nematode-based biocontrol solutions to fight fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Africa. The team is comprised […]

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Combining Natural Plant Extracts with Bacteria to Control Tomato Pests
May 2024
Scientific Findings

Researchers at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) have conducted a study aimed at finding more sustainable and eco-friendly pest management solutions […]

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Successful On-farm Trials Using Metarhizium rileyi in Zambia
April 2024
Scientific Findings

Through activities on the PlantwisePlus program and the Village-based biocontrol of fall armyworm in Zambia project, funded by ACIAR, CABI has delved into combating the […]

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Anthracnose Control and Effect on Postharvest Quality of Avocado Fruit
April 2024
Scientific Findings

Anthracnose is an important group of fungal diseases that affects a wide variety of crops species.  In avocado, anthracnose develops in the field and decreases […]

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Role of Female Sex Pheromone in Crop Pest: New Biocontrol Possibilities?
April 2024
Scientific Findings

Researchers at the French public research institute INRAE have discovered that female pheromones play a remarkable role in the African cotton moth. The team has […]

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Potential of Trichogramma foersteri for Control of Spodoptera frugiperda and Spodoptera eridania
April 2024
Scientific Findings

Species of the genus Trichogramma Westwood (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) are widely used for pest control, highlighting the importance of exploring new species for the advancement of […]

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Tiny Weevils Waging War on Invasive Water Lettuce
April 2024
Scientific Findings

Julie Coetzee, deputy director of the Centre for Biological Control at Rhodes University in South Africa, and her team are currently working with Rand Water […]

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Efficacy of Atoxigenic Aspergillus flavus from Southern China as Biocontrol Agents Against Aflatoxin Contamination in Corn and Peanuts
April 2024
Scientific Findings

Aspergillus flavus is a ubiquitous facultative pathogen that routinely infects important crops leading to formation of aflatoxins during crop development and after harvest. Corn and […]

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Transcriptomic Investigation of Interaction Between a Biocontrol Yeast and Postharvest Fungal Pathogen on Apple
April 2024
Scientific Findings

A new study by Italian researchers, published in Communications Biology, investigates the application of an RNAseq analysis during interaction between the biocontrol agent (BCA) Papiliotrema […]

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Study Highlights Potential of Cyanobacteria as Biofertilizers
April 2024
Scientific Findings

One ecosystem's trash could be another ecosystem's treasure, according to scientists studying cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria are commonly found in South […]

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Malaysian Palm Oil Board Starts Trial for Biofertilizer
April 2024
Scientific Findings

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), in collaboration with IBG Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, has commenced the trial for its latest innovative solution, the iM-bioGuard biofertilizer. […]

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Phosphite Biostimulant Efficacy Confirmed
April 2024
Scientific Findings

Data released by the Phosphite Biostimulant Stewardship Group (PBSG) using aggregated, anonymized trials results from its members shows continued efficacy in cereals crops for the […]

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Fly Biocontrol Release Targets Farm Snail Pests
April 2024
Scientific Findings

A biocontrol program has commenced on Australia’s South Coast, where Australian-bred parasitoid flies have been released to help control snail pests and protect crop yields, […]

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Biocontrol Strategies Against Botrytis cinerea in Viticulture
March 2024
Scientific Findings

Botrytis cinerea poses a recurring threat to viticulture, causing significant yield losses each year. A recent study in Greece explored the biocontrol capabilities of commercially […]

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Study Explains How Fungus Can Control the Corn Leafhopper
March 2024
Scientific Findings

The corn leafhopper, Dalbulus maidis, is now widely distributed in the Americas, from the south of the United States to the north of Argentina. In […]

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A Crown Rust Fungus Could Help Manage Two Invasive Plants in Minnesota
March 2024
Scientific Findings

Though some crown rust fungi are known to cause widespread damage to oat and barley crops, new research from the University of Minnesota suggests a […]

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Biocontrol Potential Against Two Pythium Species in Cucumber and Hydroponic Lettuce
March 2024
Scientific Findings

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) and lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) are two economically important vegetables with a ubiquitous presence in both field and greenhouse environments. Pythium […]

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Bee Vectoring Technologies Announces Trials in Spain
March 2024
Scientific Findings

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. (BVT) announces Agrobío SL commenced trials of BVT’s natural precision agriculture system. The trial is a part of Agrobío’s participation […]

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CSIRO Develops, Releases Fungus to Control Sea Spurge
March 2024
Scientific Findings

Sea spurge is a serious environmental weed along the whole of Australia’s southern coastline. Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has identified a targeted biological control […]

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Elicit Plant Appoints Slavica Djonovic, PhD, as Chief Scientific Officer
March 2024
Scientific Findings

Elicit Plant, an agri-biotech company, announces the appointment of Slavica Djonovic, PhD, as chief scientific officer (CSO). She will be tasked with amplifying Elicit Plant's […]

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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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