Trialling natural agents for control of darkling beetles

Summary

Entomopathogenic fungi: Final laboratory fungal assays will be completed to confirm the best application method (earth or litter), and dose for subsequent field use, including the synergistic effects of diatomaceous earth (this work may be completed in the current project). Fungal spores will be applied as surface applications in a range of mediums, including surfactants and oils, to determine the optimum method. A small farm trial will be undertaken using laboratory produced fungal spores to measure fungal efficacy in reducing darkling beetle populations. It is anticipated that at least three broiler houses will be used over three batches (first batch being pretreatment application). Entomopathogenic nematodes: Laboratory trials will be conducted to determine best application rates and methods (i.e. floor or litter application) for future field application. The laboratory trials may also include spinosad and diatomaceous earth to investigate synergism. A small farm trial will be undertaken with one species of nematode to determine its efficacy in reducing darkling beetle populations. It is anticipated that at least three broiler houses will be used over three batches (first batch being pretreatmentapplication).

Program

Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

OLD ABN-The State Of Queensland Acting Through The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

Objective Summary

Undertake laboratory assays to determine the best application regime for using entomopathogenic fungi and nematodes in broiler houses.Undertake small field trials to measure fungal and nematode efficacy in reducing darkling beetle populations in broiler houses.

Project Code

PRJ-000097

Project Stage

Closed

Project Start Date

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Project Completion Date

Friday, November 26, 2010

Journal Articles From Project

Not Available

National Priority

Safeguarding Australia

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

CME-Improve chicken meat production through the whole supply chain

Contact

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