Green Ants as Biological Control Agents in Agroforestry

  • 134 pages

  • Published: 20 Sep 2009

  • Author(s): Peng, Renkang, Christian, Keith, Reilly, Don

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The green ant is a powerful bio-control agent of over 50 pest species in tropical crops and trees. Several integrated pest management (IPM) programs have been developed that use green ants as a major component to manage insect pests of cashew and mango crops. Compared to conventional methods, the IPM programs result in higher quality fruit, lower costs of production, higher profits, the opportunity to produce ‘organic’ products, and benefits to the environment and human health.
This RIRDC report looks at the effectiveness of green ants in controlling pests in African mahogany or red cedar.