Integrated pest management pros working in developing countries are finding success with IPM "packages," which bundle a range of solutions for multiple crop pest issues, from the time of soil preparation to harvest and tailored to local conditions—making IPM adoption easier for farmers with limited training or resources.
A biocontrol program deploying a leaf-feeding beetle and a stem-boring weevil in eastern Africa against the invasive weed Parthenium hysterophorus is proving successful and is set to become a key component of integrated pest management programs to control the weed.
In the response to the fall armyworm's arrival in Africa and Asia, researchers have now identified parasitoid wasp species serving as natural enemies of the crop pest on both continents.
In Nepal, the gall-inducing eupatorium gall fly (Procecidochares utilis) is deployed as a biological control agent against the invasive weed Ageratina adenophora. A new study by researchers at Tribhuvan University and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management shows size and abundance of galls induced by the fly are influenced by elevation, knowledge that can help in fine-tuning P. utilis-based biocontrol efforts.