Mexico govt reopens biocontrol agent plant
The Mexican Agriculture Ministry has reopened a laboratory for the reproduction of biological control agents for use on sorghum. The facilities will reproduce common green lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea), which will be applied on up to 1 million ha of the crop for the control of yellow aphids (Melanaphis sacchari) in Tamaulipas state. The Ministry’s food quality and health service, the Senasica, has invested some 5 million pesos ($326,000) in the laboratory. Applications will be part of biological and chemical IPM programmes. The facilities produce some 100 million of the beneficial insects per month.