Madagascar: Biopesticides for Locust control
For more than 30 years, FAO has been working with locust affected countries to identify less harmful methods to control locust infestations. This bio-pesticide is formulated using the spores of fungus, which is specific to locusts and grasshoppers. When the spores come into contact with a locust, they germinate and penetrate its cuticle. At that point, the fungus develops inside the body until it kills the insect. As the fungus develops, it will first give the locust a pink-coloured tint, and then cover its body with mycelium. In operational use, the spraying equipment is the same utilized for conventional pesticides, but the bio-pesticide takes a few days to produce the same results. FAO operation in Magadascar is based in Miandrivazo District.