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Development of entomopathogenic fungi as biopesticides for the management of Cowpea Aphid, Aphis craccivora Koch

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Development of entomopathogenic fungi as biopesticides for the management of Cowpea Aphid, Aphis craccivora Koch (Volume 46)

Allan Ndua Mweke (Author)

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ISBN-13 (Hard Copy) 9783736999084
ISBN-13 (eBook) 9783736989085
Language English
Page Number 132
Lamination of Cover glossy
Edition 1.
Book Series Berliner ökophysiologische und phytomedizinische Schriften
Volume 46
Publication Place Göttingen
Place of Dissertation Berlin, Humboldt-Universität
Publication Date 2018-11-28
General Categorization Dissertation
Departments Agricultural science
Keywords Cowpea aphid; African Indigenous Vegetable; Synthetic chemicals
Description

Cowpea aphid (Aphis craccivora Koch) is a major pest of cowpea, an important African Indigenous Vegetable (AIV) in tropical Africa. Cowpea leaves are a popular delicacy providing daily balanced dietary requirements for millions of people. Synthetic chemicals are first choice management strategy for this pest despite their associated risks of food safety, environmental pollution, and development of resistance by the pest. Consumers are increasingly demanding less use of pesticides and this had led to search of alternative pest management products. This study has identified an environmentally and user entomopathogenic fungi based biopesticide that can be used in the management of A. craccovora in vegetables. The efficacy of cowpea aphid control has been enhanced through incorporation of the biopesticide into a cowpea-maize intercropping system. Use of this biopesticide makes economic sense and can confer yield benefit to farmers.