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Locust pest control. Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria) is infected with a suspension of fungal spores under its pronotum, during research on the first fungal pesticide to control locust swarms. This research is conducted at the International Institute of Biological Control in Berkshire, England, part of the LUBILOSA project. The project is developing sprays of the fungus Metarhizium anisopliae, a fungus that infects insects and is native to Africa. In the laboratory fungal spores are grown on rice, mixed in oil droplets, to later be spread with crop-spraying equipment. The fungus infects the desert locust killing it in 2-3 weeks. Locust swarms devastate crops around the world.
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