The grass-feeding harvester termite, Hodotermes mossambicus,
is endemic to the semi-arid grassland ecosystems of southern and
eastern Africa. This termite is a serious pest in rangeland.
This is particularly bad following seasons of low rainfall which
result in eruptive termite population increases.
Insecticidal baits are the preferred method of control for the pest
since they are more target specific than spray applications.
In South Africa, pesticides must be registered under the Fertilizer,
Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, No. 36 of
Before an insecticide can be registered, the efficacy of the
chemical must be established through appropriately designed and
conducted field trials.
Mycoinsecticides are considered to be more environmentally
benign than chemicals as they can be selected to target a specific
What did we do?
Bufo technology’s environmental focus group completed field trials
in South Africa to find out how effective a specific
mycoinsecticide bait is in controlling of the southern Harvester
termite, Hodotermes mossambicus.
This trial assessed the efficacy of the mycoinsecticide
relative to a conventional chemical insecticide. The trial also
controlled for a series of environmental and other factors.
The results of the trial were made available to our client to be
used by in the planned registration of the mycoinsecticide
under the act.