Jul 2, 2014, 2:25 PM
News Code: 2720066
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Iran sets up insect breeding center

Tehran, July 2, IRNA - An insect breeding center has been established in the Agricultural Research Institute affiliated to Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST).

The center is designed for biological pest control and allows entomologists to mass produce beneficial insects to help reduce insect and weed populations.

Majid Javanmard, the head of the institute, said the center is breeding a variety of insects, including trichogramma, green lacewings and ephestia, and help farmers reduce the use of toxic agricultural chemicals.

Javanmard expressed the center's readiness to sign contracts with private and public companies to mass produce the beneficial insects.

Insect breeding laboratories have rooms that can regulate temperature, humidity and photo period to simulate any season or time of day.

Most of the rooms are used for development and implementation of biological control programs. Diet preparation rooms are equipped to mix large volumes of diets and food supplements on which insects thrive.

Trichogramma are minute polyphagous wasps, commonly known as stingless wasps, that are endoparasitoids of insect eggs.

Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae of the order Neuroptera.

Ephestia is a genus of small moths belonging to the family Pyralidae.