Fungal Biopesticide Development Lab
CHAP’s Fungal Biopesticide Development Laboratory is located at the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) in Egham, Surrey.
It tests and screens for potential new fungal biopesticide isolates to treat existing and emerging pests and diseases affecting crops grown in the UK and beyond.
The laboratory enables pesticide companies and biopesticide manufacturers to quickly develop new biopesticides, which will give farmers more options. This is particularly important as traditional options disappear due to the banning of some chemical pesticides on one hand and the development chemical resistance by some crops on the other.
The demand for biological control has never been greater. Using state-of-the-art technology, including temperature-controlled shakers, incubators and computer-controlled spraying apparatus, samples that show potential, are taken forward to mass production and formulation studies, to determine whether they demonstrate the ability to become commercially viable pathogens against a range of insect pests or plant pathogens.
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