Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) introduced Probe Trap and Pulse Beetle Trap

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) introduced Probe Trap and Pulse Beetle Trap

Two insect management technologies of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) – probe trap and pulse beetle trap – were introduced in Ethiopia as part of a research program.

They made a good catch of insects which were damaging grains stored at farms, homes and warehouses in the African country, said TNAU Vice-Chancellor C Ramasamy.

But how did the traps reach Ethiopia?

Amsalu Debebe of Gondar University, Ethiopia, is doing Ph.D in the Department of Entomology at TNAU. He conducted on-farm tests with TNAU traps in Gondar region.

The results are encouraging, said the professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Entomology, S Kuttalam,

During the 60-day study at Gondar University, wheat stored with the TNAU’s probe trap recorded 0.18 to 1.12 percent damage by weevil against the usual 3.39 to 6.94 percent.

TNAU-McGill University, Canada Project sponsored the traps.

R Samiyappan, Director, Centre for Plant Protection Studies said the devices developed by TNAU are widely used across the country. Results of the studies in Ethiopia clearly tell that TNAU technologies can be used in countries across the world.