Controlling locusts and grasshoppers – development of metarizium as a mycoinsecticide

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  • Published: 12 Dec 2000

  • Author(s): Milner, Richard, Dr, Entomology, CSIRO

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Locusts and grasshoppers are major pests of pastures in Australia and alternatives to hard chemicals for their control have been extremely limited. The objective of this project was to develop a mycoinsecticide based on oil formulations of the hyphomycete fungus Metarhizium anisopliae var. acridum for this purpose. Promising results have stimulated further research being continued by the researchers with the assistance of the Australian Plague Locust Commission.