Novel Fungal and Bacterial Species exploited for the control of Locust
Fungal and Bacterial Species for Locust Control
Keywords:Schistocerca gregaria, Aspergillus spp., Metarhizium spp. and Beauveria spp. and novel bacterial specie Bacillus thuringiensis, and Bacillus cereus
Insects like locusts and grasshoppers are one of the most dangerous bio-pests of cash crop. The locust control requires constant attentiveness. They could cause around 20 million people to be left without products of agriculture and that is only in Asia. Locusts attacked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan provinces of Pakistan first in June 2019 moving towards Sindh and Southern Punjab. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2020 the financial damages are range from 353 billion to 464 billion Pakistani rupees. The current environmental issues and high price of insecticides are increasing the demand of biological control. In this paper we have reviewed the microbes that can be effectively used to control locust attack in Pakistan
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