Developing biopesticides against whitefly: a pump-prime funded project
This is one in a series of short articles, outlining the scope of the nine research projects which are currently being undertaken, funded by CONNECTED in the first phase of pump-prime funding. To real all available articles use this link.
A project investigating whether whitefly control methods can be used against cassava whitefly to improve cassava production
The most important viruses causing diseases affecting cassava crops in Sub-Saharan Africa are spread by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Sustainable methods of cassava whitefly management are urgently needed.
Entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) biopesticides are used successfully for whitefly Bemisia tabaci management on some crops, but they have not been investigated in detail against cassava whitefly. This project aims to begin doing this, providing baseline data.
The work involves a combination of specialist laboratory techniques and field surveys in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
International research collaboration
- International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Tanzania
- Wesley University Ondo, Nigeria
- National Crops Resources Research Institute, Uganda
- University of Warwick
- David Chandler (Principal Investigator)
- James Legg
- Gill Prince
- Everlyne Wosula
- Aregbesola Oluwatosin
- Michael Otim
Network members can find further details about those involved in the project by logging in to this site as a member, and using the Member Directory.