Texas A&M University
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: IER (Mali); ICRISAT Sahelian Center (Niger); Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (US)
This project focused on finding solutions to pests of sorghum and millet, which are key pests and constraints to production in the U.S. and West Africa.
Niger millet biological control research: Objectives of this collaborative work are to assess the efficacy of natural enemies that may be useful for biological control of stalk borers and the millet head caterpillar, and to optimize implementation of effective biological control for pests of millet crops. Technology development and student training research: Objectives ofresearch in Texas are to provide graduate level training programs, develop strategies for implementing biological controls in sorghum and millet, test strategies for implementing biological control in annual crop ecosystems,investigate plant-pest-natural enemy ecology and assess the potential of natural enemies as biological control agents for sorghum and millet pests, and optimize integration of effective biological controls with local crop protection and production needs.