Pests and Diseases

Potato ravaging pest controlled with fungi

Approximately six thousand hectares of Veracruz, in the west coast of Mexico, are dedicated to the production of potato (Solanum tuberosum). During the past 30 years, the fields of the Cofre de Perote area were affected by the presence of the golden nematode (Globodera rostochiensis) reducing performance of the crop by more than 40 percent. Faced with this problem, researchers from the Network of Biodiversity and Systematics at INECOL, effectively located and tested a fungus capable of feeding from the nematode,acting as a biological pest control method.


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