4 Jan 2017, SciDevNet
A severe infestation of the papaya mealybug nearly wiped out papaya orchards in Pakistan before the largely farmed country decided to replace conventional chemical pesticides that were ineffective with natural predators. The biological control programme was initiated to stop the pest’s possible spread to other more important commercial crops.
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