HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 cc93-4W
Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT the current research projects into the biological control of insect pests to which his Department is giving assistance.

Mr. Gordon Walker

The following is the information:

Glasshouse Crops Research Institute: Control of the glasshouse red spidermite with the mite Phytoseiulus riegeli. Study of the parasites and predators of aphids on chrysanthemum and cucumber in glasshouses. Control of the white-fly in glasshouses.

Pest Infestation Laboratory: Study of Bacillus thuringiensis for the control of insect pests of stored products.

National Vegetable Research Station: Study of natural control of larvae of the cabbage-root fly.

Rothamsted Experimental Station: Study of bacterial and virus diseases of the honeybee; implications of the results on the biological control of insects by diseases. Use of Bacillus thuringiensis to control wax moth in beehives. Fundamental work on insect pheromones.

A.R.C. Virus Research Unit: Use of Polyhedral viruses to control lepidopterous and hymenopterous pests

Monkswood Experimental Station: Study of the value of hedgerows as reservoirs of wild life, including beneficial insects.

Department of Zoology, Cambridge University: Study of virus diseases of insect pests.

Department of Zoology and Applied Entomology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University: Co-ordination of chemical and natural methods for the control of aphids.

Department of Agriculture, Leeds University: Study of internal parasites to control insect pests.

Haughley Research Farm: Survey of beneficial and pest-insect populations of an area where no chemical insecticides have been used for at least 30 years: compared with those of neighbouring land subject to spray programmes.

Insect Pathology Unit: Study of the nature and mechanisms of infection of insect pathogens (viruses and rickettsiae) with a view to biological control of pests of forest trees.