Researchers from the School of Agriculture have made a system to eradicate nematodes, a type of microscopic worm.
This animal attacks peppers and among them the "California Wonder", a variety with large production in the Region of Murcia and has great value.
It is a biological control method that uses a combination of bacteria and fungi.
This development is replace pesticides used so far and that are banned by the European Union.
It is environmentally friendly and effective against the nematode.
The thesis, entitled "Biological control of Meloidogyne incognita in pepper (Capsicum annuum)", defended by Ana Maria Requena and qualified with the highest score: Excellent Cum Laude.
The research was led by Professor Catherine Egea, Department of Agricultural Science and Technology and co-led by researchers at the University of Murcia Candela Maria Emilia and Maria Emilia Requena.
This research attempts to solve a problem that affects a large number of horticultural producers (mainly pepper and tomato) in the Region.
The crop losses from the attack of this nematode, Meloidogyne incognita, can reach 60% of production, explains Catherine Egea.
The thesis has made pepper plants treated with the "beneficial microorganisms" proposed by the system, increase their resistance to the nematode.
These organisms excrete products that control development of eggs and infective forms of the nematode.
At the moment we are working on the isolation of these compounds with nematicidal activity for a formulation applicable to plants, adds the director of the thesis.