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Optimizing crops for biological control as a sustainable strategy of crop protection

Sobhy, Islam and Lievens, Bart 2018. Optimizing crops for biological control as a sustainable strategy of crop protection. Presented at: The International Days (International=digital?), 12-16 March 2018.

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Abstract

After the increase in food prices, growing threats have been raised for the challenge of feeding 9 billion people living on Earth by 2050. Thus, there is a pressing need to drastically increase crop production, but insect infestation is a major constraint preventing this. These insects are controlled using chemicals, but future use is under scrutiny due to emerging problems of insecticide resistance. Biological control is a sustainable alternative but is still insufficiently effective. It has been proposed that enhancing the foraging of natural enemies may help to improve biological control. In my talk, I will focus on the ongoing research efforts of optimizing crops for biocontrol.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Biosciences
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 09:30
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/147651

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