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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:05

New Publication: The socioeconomic benefits of biological control of western corn rootworm Diabrotica virgifera virgifera and wireworms Agriotes spp. in maize and potatoes for selected European countries

The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection - JPDP is the official scientific communication organ of the German Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health (DPG). Since 01.01.2016 it is published by Springer publisher. The Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection - JPDP is the official scientific communication organ of the German Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health (DPG). Since 01.01.2016 it is published by Springer publisher. dpg.phytomedizin.org

by Emmanuel O. Benjamin, Giselher Grabenweger, Hermann Strasser & Justus Wesseler in Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection: Biological control methods offer an economic alternative in certified maize and potato production and can help to increase competitiveness in agriculture.The sustainability of the use of biological control methods could be calculated using the "MISTICs Model (Maximum Incremental Social Tolerable Irreversible Costs).

The model made it possible to change the surplus of producers and consumers for France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Romania at different collection limits and speeds. The results of the MISTICs calculations show a total annual welfare gain of € 190 million for the organic control of corn rootworm in corn production. Moderate profits could also be calculated for organic potato cultivation. The verified economic data could be used on the basis of the multi-year field studies, which were carried out within the framework of the INBIOSOIL project (Project No. 282767).

Read the full publication: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41348-018-0156-6

INBIOSOIL Project: https://www.uibk.ac.at/bipesco/projects/inbiosoil.html

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