Giving biological control agents a boost with probiotics

Published on
January 31, 2017

ESR Update - Large scale area-wide integrated pest management programmes with sterile insect technique and parasitoid release components require mass rearing of insects. In the case of olive fly, mass rearing is still a challenge with the currently available artificial diet. We are therefore exploiting gut-associated bacterial species to use them as probiotics for improving the rearing efficiency of olive fruit fly stains and their parasitoids.

Author: Erica Ras MSc.