Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philippines); Virginia Tech, Penn State University (US)
E.C. Martin, A.M. Baltazar, J. M. Ramos (Philippine Rice Research Institute),S.K. De Datta, L..T. Kok (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), E. G. Rajotte (Pennsylvania State University)
This project investigated alternative control strategies such as the use of biological control agents to provide additional options to farmers as well as reduce frequency of herbicide use for weed control in vegetables.
1. Determine the efficacy of S. recurvalisas biological control agent for T. portulacastrum; 2. Study the biology and life cycle of S. recurvalis on T. portulacastrum; 3. Determine host specificity of S. recurvalis
Research found that successful use of biological control agents like S. recurvalis to manage weeds infesting vegetables will reduce handweeding and herbicide costs and increase profits as well as reduce environmental and health risks.