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TRIPHELIO Résumé de rapport

Project ID: ICA4-CT-2001-10004
Financé au titre de: FP5-INCO 2
Pays: Egypt

Improved rearing conditions for the host insect/egg parasitoid including SOP for hygiene measures in mass production of Trichogramma for biological control

Aim of the research was to develop existing rearing facilities in Egypt and Tunisia to European standard. Activities improved output of production and working conditions for technical staff. First step was the stabilizing of physical conditions in the production area of the particular rearing host (Sitotroga cereallela in Egypt and Ephestia kuehniella in Tunisia). Composition and preparation of host diet were modified.

An increased output of host eggs was caused by these measures. Hygiene protocols were developed and implemented to prevent any contamination with pests and allergic reactions of the rearing staff. Handling procedures for the Trichogramma-rearing were optimised in both mass rearing units, in particular for the simultaneous production of several strains. Protocols for quality control of the product were developed and implemented. Close cooperation between partners in Egypt and Tunisia will continue after the project in order to establish an efficient mass production unit in Tunisia.

The technical standard of these units for the production of beneficial arthropods can act as model in the North-African region and can help to promote and implement biological control also in other pest management programmes of this area.

Reported by

Ahmed Mahmoud off Galal 2