Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Cuban Scientists Isolate Biological Control Agent

Havana, (Prensa Latina) Cuban scientists from the National Agricultural Health Center (CENSA) isolated the stem of a biological control agent against plagues that attack vegetables and other crops, the National News Agency (AIN) reported.
Maira Rodriguez Hernandez, one of the scientists who participated in the research, said the agent, called Heterorhabditis bacteriophora stem HC1, is being used in 13 Cuban provinces.
She explained that the biological control agent reduces the use of chemical fertilizers in vegetables, corn, lettuce and melon crops, in addition to reducing imports, increasing productivity and improving the quality of crops.
The Heterorhabditis bacteriophora stem HC1 has been successfully tested in Cuban mountains, as well as in Bolivia and Venezuela.

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