Tackling the critical problem of crop devastation by insects, experts from 15 countries met in Nairobi yesterday (Wednesday) to exchange ideas on improved means of pest control.
SV INT. Delegates at conference (2 shots)
CU PAN Dr Onyango addressing conference PAN TO Professor Galun (Israel) & Dr Odhaimbo, Director of Centre
CU PAN Japanese delegate to other delegates, Switzerland, Germany, France, Sweden, UK, Holland & USA
SV Onyango speaking
GV I.C.I.P.C. lab & sign(2 shots)
CU INT. Scientist removing Armyworm from leaf & puts it into jar
SCU Armyworms on leaf in jar
SV Rosemary Mirie (Manager) feeding Tsetse flies on goat (2 shots)
SCU Woman directing a cotton stainer & studying under a microscope (3 shots)
CU Withdrawing blood from a tsetse fly (2 shots)
SCU Three trays of various ants ready for tests
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Background: Tackling the critical problem of crop devastation by insects, experts from 15 countries met in Nairobi yesterday (Wednesday) to exchange ideas on improved means of pest control.
The conference, drawing on the talents of scientists from East Africa, Europe, America and Australia, coincided with the opening of an international centre for the study of insect control in Nairobi. The experts discussed programmes of future study and research at the centre.
SYNOPSIS: Experts from fifteen countries, dedicated to beating the problem of crop devastation by insects, exchanged latest ideas on past control in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Uganda's Dr Raphael Onyango addresses the conference. Besides Africa, experts also came from America, Australia and Europe -- under the chairmanship of Israel' Dr Rachel Galun. The conference coincided with the opening in Nairobi of a new institute to tackle past control -- the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. The expert were planning future research programmes at the centre.
The idea of an international centre was first conceived in 196??? Sixteen countries contributed funds for it.
The voracious Armyworm will be one of the first subjects for study. These caterpillars attack pasture and crops. They sweep through fields like an army -- hence the name. Plagues of the insects can devastate areas as large as a hundred square miles.
Tsetse-flies are another scourge that will be tackled at the centre Scientists will be seeking to control these pests by manipulating their behaviour and reproductive processes. Study will include methods of sterilization and means of upsetting the natural attraction of the insects. The centre will also be studying ways of controlling termites, moths, ticks and mosquitoes. The natural means of pest control under study will avoid the use of conventional insecticides of the type already banned in many countries because of their effect on the environment.