Wasp release creates media buzz

19 July, 2010 by (comments)

The release of South American parasitic wasps by the Thai Department of Agriculture to tackle an infestation of cassava mealybugs received wide international media interest over the weekend, which continues today.

CIAT was closely involved in diagnosing the Thai mealybug outbreaks and issuing emergency guidenlines to contain them, as well as being part of the team that collected the Anagyrus lopezi wasp in Paraguay in the 1980s, and developing mass rearing protocols for Thai scientists.

Click to read the official press release, and Friday’s detailed announcement on the CIAT blog.

You might be also interested in the following articles. We’ll update the blog with more news as it happens.

Later today we’ll bring you a report from CIAT’s regional research coordinator Rod Lefroy, who was at Saturday’s wasp release ceremony in the Thailand’s northeastern province of Khon Kaen.

Stay tuned.

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