International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines
A rice IPM project based on mass rearing and releasing Trichogramma parasitoids in the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS) countries, Myanmar, Laos and Yunnan, China was launched in Beijing on 10 January 2011. An inception meeting was held in the Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IPP-CAAS) to develop detailed activities and work plans. Funded by EuropeAid, the 5 year project (2011-2016) aims to improve rice farmers’ pest management of lepidopteran pests such as stem borers and leaf folders at the village level through a biological control-based approach. Working with a private sector biological control company, Tianyi, based in Hebei province, 12 in-country parasitoid rearing facilities will be established to supply parasitoids for release to 24,000 smallholder farmers in the three countries. The objectives of the GMS Rice IPM Project concur well with objectives of the Rice Planthopper project to re establish biological control ecosystem services and reduce insecticide use. The release of parasitoids can serve as another enabler and incentive for farmers to conserve biodiversity and reduce vulnerability to BPH outbreaks. In addition the growing of nectar-rich flowers along the bunds in rice fields will further enhance the effectiveness of the egg parasitoids as shown in Vietnam.
The Project is awarded to CABI with IPP-CAAS, Myanmar Agricultural Services and Laos Plant Protection Center as partners and Tianyi Biological Control Company and IRRI as associate partners. The principal investigator is Dr Ulli Kuhlmann, Regional Director, CABI Europe Switzerland and the project head is Dr Hou Maolin, head of Rice Insect Pests Research in IPP-CAAS. The project will be managed by China’s Ministry of Agriculture – CABI Joint Laboratory based in Beijing. Links with the GMS Rice IPM project will provide opportunties to out-scale research methods, results and experiences developed in the ADB-IRRI Rice Planthopper Project and promote south-south technical exchanges.