Ninfa Maria Rosas Garcia, a researcher at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) based in Mexico City, has developed a biopesticide that will benefit citrus crops, as it combats the insect that causes the Huanglongbing disease, also known as the yellow dragon pest. 
According to the institute, this product will decrease the loss of citrus crops, such as lemon, orange, mandarin, and guava, among others, as it combats the citrus psyllid insect (Diaphorina citri) that carries the bacterial Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. 
The professor and researcher of the Center for Genomic Biotechnology (CBG) said that the insect infected the trees it fed on with the Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticusbacteria, which causes the disease, and eventually causes their death. 
The disease spreads quickly from one tree to another and it causes the fruit to fall prematurely, be small, green, and taste bad. "As a result, producers have to burn their trees when they detect the pest to prevent the disease from spreading," she said. 
The insecticide was created in the laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology and its active ingredient is a fungus that works against the insect, said the researcher who is a level I member of the National System of Researchers (SNI). 
She said that entomopathogenic fungi were a viable biological alternative to control the pest because they were very specific, had a high efficiency, and were not pathogenic to humans. 
The scientist said the fungi, which are very cheap to produce, invade the host (insect), and, as they are highly toxic for them, cause them to die. 
She also said they have held talks with government officials and private producers in Tamaulipas, who have expressed their interest in this product, which is being patented, to avoid losses in citrus crops.

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Have a China Field Visit, to Explore the Opportunity of Chinese Agchem Market !

In 2015, the Chinese government put forward the Pesticide & Fertilizer-use Zero Growth program, for which a series of supportive policies were released. The program set a new requirement for the supply of environment-friendly products and the provision of advanced agricultural technology for application towards crop protection and crop nutrition services. It will also have a profound effect on the Chinese agrochemical market structure in the future.

At the request of some of our readers, AgroPages is planning to organize a China field visit for enterprises interested in the Chinese agrochemical market. Enterprises, including but not limited to green crop protection product vendors, agrotechnical service providers and precision agriculture-oriented enterprises can participate in the field visit. 
We will arrange meetings with Chinese agrotechnical promotion agencies and prime distributors, as well as organize interviews with farmers and major growers, so that enterprises can understand the needs of the market and explore the available business opportunities. China is vast, with diversified structure of cultivation. To better fulfill your expectations from the Chinese market, you are kindly requested to take part in the following survey to enable us to schedule this business trip to your satisfaction.
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