PHP’s exciting new product, Eco-Noc (Nomu-Protec) based on the insect-pathogenic fungus Metarhizium (Nomuraea) rileyi, was awarded the Bernard Blum Silver Award for the second-ranked product in the prestigious IBMA Bernard Blum Award for Novel Biocontrol Solutions in Switzerland in October 2018.
Eco-Bb now has an emergency registration for use against False Codling Moth (FCM) on citrus, avocados, litchis, stone fruits, table grapes, and pomegranates in South Africa. Several registration trials have shown excellent results. Further registration trials are ongoing.
Fall Armyworm in South Africa
Fall Armyworm (FAW, Spodoptera frugiperda) has recently invaded South Africa and has already been found on a number of different crops, including maize, sweetcorn, potatoes, sorghum, and vegetables 6,7. FAW is a devastating, highly aggressive pest and poses a serious threat to South African crops as well as to international exports through quarantine restrictions.
What is Tuta absoluta?
Tuta absoluta or tomato leafminer, is a devastating Lepidopteran pest of tomato and other Solanaceae crops, including potatoes. Originating in South America, this pest has quickly invaded Central America, Europe, the Middle East, India and parts of Africa. Recent reports suggest that this pest has now been detected in South Africa and Zambia.