Plan devised to replace pesticides with nematodes
STAFF REPORT KHI: “For the first time in Pakistan, National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi (KU), will release nematode samples to local growers and farmers which will replace pesticides.
Nematodes are small parasitic animals that can kill bacteria without leaving any harmful impact on crops.
This was recently announced at the concluding ceremony of three-day workshop titled, Biological Control of Root-knot Nematode in Vegetables using EPN organised by the National Nematological Research Centre.
The workshop concluded that excessive use of pesticides in crops leaves harmful impacts. There impacts are harmful for human health and lead to severe human diseases and illnesses. In order to deal with this situation, use of nematodes can be extremely fruitful.
The conventional techniques of identification of both nematodes have been discussed and demonstrated. Besides, basic techniques and different methods of biological control have been demonstrated using EPN against different plant pests (insects).
Dr Maqbool, former director, National Nematological Research Centre, KU, in his speech emphasised the fact that the field applications of biocontrol organisms like entomopathogenic nematodes as biopesticides must be applied to enhance the agricultural production of the country as these nematodes are beneficial and have no adverse effect on human and environment.