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West Africa's biopesticide hope

A newly discovered virus could act as a potential biopesticide to control cowpea pod borers (Maruca vitrata) in western Africa. Scientists of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA - Ibadan, Nigeria) and the World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC - Shanhua, Taiwan) have collaborated to "perfect the environment-friendly control method" and protect the region's cowpea crops. The nuclear polyhedrosis virus was discovered in Taiwan by AVRDC scientists.


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