Plant compounds can enhance insect pest controls

By Tom Lollis

researcher in a laboratory,photo by Merle ShepardA faculty member at Cairo University, Said El-Salamouny, is conducting research at the Coastal Research & Education Center through the Fulbright program sponsored by the US State Department.

In partnership with Clemson entomologist Merle Shepard, he is investigating plant-derived materials that can increase the efficacy of microbial agents, such as viruses, to control insect pests. They have found that teas and other plant compounds can protect the microbial agents from breaking down when exposed to sunlight.

For information: Merle Shepard, 843-402-5393,