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Researchers found biopesticide to be effective in controlling potato cyst nematode

According to information published by the Extension Toxicology Network, “Abamectin is a mixture of avermectins containing about 80% avermectin B1a and 20% avermectin B1b. These two components, B1a and B1b, have very similar biological and toxicological properties. The avermectins are insecticidal/miticidal compounds derived from the soil bacterium Streptomyces avermitilis. Abamectin is a natural fermentation product of this bacterium. It acts as an insecticide by affecting the nervous system of and paralyzing insects.”

A team of researchers from Italy and Moldova took part in a research project to test the efficacy of Abamectin in the control of potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida. The research results were published in the scientific journal Plants.

The research team says in their paper that the potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida is a major pest of the potato crop. They write that “Abamectin is a biological pesticide showing high nematicide activity, but its efficacy to control G. pallida has not been investigated to date.”

In their study, a combination of different abamectin concentrations ranging from 1.125 to 36

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