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Biocontrol in Grande Comore

Beach and coconut grove © Cirad - Shannti DINNOO

In July 2015, Nicolas Odaglia, Research Engineer at CIRAD, was responsible for assessing the impact of a biocontrol action done eight years before in Grande Comore to control whitefly populations affecting the island’s coconut trees. The conclusion of his survey, carried out in collaboration with an INRAPE team, confirms the opinion of Comorian specialists: the results are positive.

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The American researchers Robert Dowell and Eric Jang both work in the US on fruit flies. They have toured the world onto Reunion Island to come and test a new method of biological control against Bactrocera zonata.