UK and Turkish researchers join forces to target pest

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Research scientists from Swansea University and Adnan Menderes University (Turkey) have joined forces to control insect pests of the sweet chestnut, a major export commodity of Turkey.

Chestnut weevil larva Curculio elephas The teams have identified strains of fungi which are effective in killing larvae of the chestnut weevil, one of several target pests

The project is being led by Professor Tariq Butt of Swansea University and Professor Selcuk Hazir of Adnan Menderes University.

Professor Butt from the University’s College of Science said: “The complementary expertise of the two groups has proven synergistic and could lead to extensive field trials of the fungus within the next few months."