Biopesticide campaign averts red locust disaster update
The use of biopesticides has averted a red locust ( Nomadacris septemfasciata) disaster in eastern and southern Africa, the UN FAO says. A rapid intervention has markedly reduced infestations, preventing a full-blown invasion that could have affected the food crops of 15 million people, it reports. The campaign is the first large scale use of biopesticides in Africa against locusts, the FAO adds. It used a Metarhizium anisopliae–based fungal biopesticide, Green Muscle, to treat around 10,000 ha in Tanzania.