Course covers biological pest control in corn crops

Embrapa Milho e Sorgo, located in Sete Lagoas, in the Central region of Minas Gerais, offers the course between the 8th and 10th of November

20.10.2022 | 15:30 (UTC -3)

Embrapa Milho e Sorgo, located in Sete Lagoas, in the Central region of Minas Gerais, offers the in-person course between the 8th and 10th of November “Biological control of corn pests – an alternative for farmers”. Aimed at rural producers, technical assistance and rural extension agents, professionals in the field of Agricultural Sciences, university students and others interested in deepening their knowledge in biological control of corn pests, the training, with a 24-hour workload, will be conducted with focus on the applicability of biological control, including field and laboratory practices.

According to Embrapa Milho e Sorgo researcher Ivan Cruz, one of the event coordinators, biological control of agricultural pests has been, in recent years, a demand from society represented especially by consumers and environmentalists, concerned with human and environmental health. . “Despite the growth of the biological inputs sector in Brazil, there is still a lot to do, notably with regard to the insertion of products in the environment where they will be used”, he highlights.

Microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses, and macroorganisms, such as many species of insects and mites, make up the portfolio of products commercially available in the country. “When used, in accordance with good agricultural practices, they are advantageous alternatives to replace chemical products in the pest control. Therefore, correct decision-making, including the use of monitoring tools and quantitative and qualitative recognition of pest species, as well as the correct choice of the biological product to be used, are fundamental to successful control. And for such success, farmers need to be trained or advised by public or private consultants”, reinforces Ivan Cruz.

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Course: Biological control of corn pests – an alternative for farmers

Period: November 8, 9 and 10, 2022

Location: Embrapa Corn and Sorgo (Sete Lagoas-MG)

Coordination team: Ivan Cruz, Ana Luisa Gangana de Castro, Clara Maria Santiago de Castro, Tatiane Teixeira de Melo, Sinval Resende Lopes (Embrapa Milho e Sorgo); Bianca Vique (Vittia Group)

Workload: 24 hours

Investment: R$ 300, including a certificate of participation and the book “Biological Control of Corn Pests”

Limit of places: 50

Link to registration

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