Biological control of pest insects with entomopathogenic fungi and nematodes

Beauveria
Beauveria

This research activity concentrates on the development of efficient and environmentally sound measures for the control of pest organisms pests and pathogens in cereals, potatoes, oilseed rape and in pastures. These measures will contribute to an environmentally compatible and at the same time economically attractive agricultural production. Ultimately, we aim to safeguard and increase the supply of sustainably produced food and feed of Swiss origin.

Many insect pests are attacked and killed naturally by fungal disease. These fungi can be specifically used as natural enemies in biological pest control. Such control methods do not harm beneficial organisms and help reduce insecticide use. new window

Agroscope is investigating the importance of fungal disease in the natural control of pest populations. It is carrying out basic research and acquiring knowledge for the targeted use of natural enemies in controlling arable land and grassland pests. The primary focus is on the development of products based on insecticidal fungi which can be deployed against root pests and plant-eating insects.

Project Information

Project Title:
Use of Natural Antagonists for the Biological Control of Pests and Pathogens in Arable Crops and Grasslands

Metarhizium
Metarhizium

The researchers at Agroscope are developing and optimising strategies for the control of wireworm and oilseed rape pests, and are supporting the use of fungal products against cockchafer, June beetle and garden chafer grubs. By developing biological control strategies Agroscope is making an important contribution to the provision of healthy and residue-free food.

The research activity comprises also a project with a phytopathological focus:

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Biological Control of Pests and Pathogens in Arable Crops and Grasslands

This research activity concentrates on the development of efficient and environmentally sound measures for the control of pests and pathogens in cereals, potatoes, oilseed rape and in pastures.