Biological Control Laboratory established in Antalya

May 29, 2017

A Biological Control Laboratory was established in Antalya in the context of Integrated Forest Management Project implemented jointly by the General Directorate of Forestry (OGM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

It is aimed, through the Biological Control Laboratory, to strengthen the activities undertaken at Antalya International Forestry Training Centre and build capacity against forest pests through biological control. The laboratory will serve three key functions, namely breeding, diagnosis and training.

The breeding of predator insects is one activity to be undertaken in such centres. Insect breeding rooms with special air-conditioning and laboratory units were created to breed Calosoma sycophanta to control pine processionary moth (Thaumetopoea wilkinsoni) which is a leading pest, and Thanasimus formicarius species to control bark beetles. It is contemplated for the future to breed other alternatives of natural anti-pest species that may be used in biological control.

In addition, imaging and recording devices such as stereo-zoom microscopes were procured for use in the diagnostics of both pest insects and natural anti-pest species; and special units were established for such works.

This laboratory established at Antalya International Forestry Training Centre will significantly augment the capacity to breed insects for biological control of forest pests. The Centre will also engage in training activities at national and international level including particularly diagnostic activities.

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