Biocontrol for corn borer

Steve Gilman sgilman at netheaven.com
Sat Mar 30 10:26:07 EST 2002


Hello all,
	Re: the discussion of Bt corn, here's a biocontrol alternative. 

	Also, while designed for farmers in the northeast, Vern's listserve is a
valuable information source that should be of interest to far ranging
farmers...
Steve
Ruckytucks farm



CORN BORER BIO-CONTROL AVAILABLE

Trichogramma ostriniae is a tiny wasp that kills and reproduces inside
European corn borer eggs.  Since 1991 researchers from Cornell have been
releasing this parasitoid in sweet corn fields and studying its
effectiveness. It is exceptional at dispersing and attacking ECB eggs, and
has repeatedly reduced the pest population by more than half. An on-farm
trial of  T. ostriniae is  described in the video --Farmers and their
Ecological Sweet Corn Production Practices -- (see
http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/videos.html). 
	For detailed information and photos see the web site:
http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/biocontrol/parasitoids/trichogramma_ostriniae.html

	Now in 2002 for the first time T. ostriniae will be commercially
available
in the U.S.; the cost is $15 or less per acre, depending on the number of
acres treated. If you are interested in releasing this beneficial insect
in
your sweet corn this year you must contact the distributor and place your
order as soon as possible. IPM Labs, Inc. (315) 497-2063 or E-mail
ipmlabs at ipmlabs.com
                          from:
VERMONT VEGETABLE AND BERRY NEWS, April 1, 2002
Compiled by Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension
(802) 257-7967 or vernon.grubinger at uvm.edu
www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry




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