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International news in brief – March/April 2015

International news in brief – March/April 2015

Europe: IPM Strategic Research Agenda is underway The ERA-Net C-IPM is organizing a strategic research agenda (SRA) workshop that will be held on 18th March 2015 at AgroParistech 16 rue Claude Bernard, Paris. The workshop is part of the collaborative consultation process to develop the medium to long term SRA of IPM in Europe. A […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2015

International news in brief – January/February 2015

Germany : Bayer to divest equine assets to Merial Bayer HealthCare has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its equine products Legend®/Hyonate® (hyaluronate sodium) and Marquis® (ponazuril) to Merial, Inc.The deal is expected to close in the first quarter 2015 subject to customary conditions, including relevant merger control clearance. “This transactionwill allow our business […]

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International news in brief – November/December 2014

International news in brief – November/December 2014

South Africa: Owls fight rat problem in townships The Township Owl Project takes young birds rescued from perilous situations, such as when a building where they nested in is demolished and trains them in a new role of pest controller. More than 200 owls have been deployed like this over the past decade, according to […]

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Public Health

Comparative study of the palatability of various extruded rodenticide formulations

Comparative study of the palatability of various extruded rodenticide formulations

This article examines the palatability and the efficacy of extruded rodenticide formulations available on the European market. Studies conducted by two laboratories (in Hungary and France) using similar test protocols, provide results that are comparable and reliably reflect differences in the palatability of the various extruded blocks. Background The predecessor of Bábolna Bio (called Babolna […]

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Addressing Pesticide Risk Management and Risk Reduction Through Distance Learning Education

Addressing Pesticide Risk Management and Risk Reduction Through Distance Learning Education

Abstract Pesticide use is extensive in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). For example, pesticides are used for crop production, public health vector control, domestic use, veterinary uses, forestry use, pest control in public buildings and places (e.g., supermarkets, hotels, hospitals, offices, golf courses, parks), migratory pests, maritime use, and transport. Using pesticides for pest […]

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IPC – BPCA PestEx 2015 Poster Competition Results

IPC – BPCA PestEx 2015 Poster Competition Results

Congratulations to Britanny Campbell in winning the IPC-BPCA PestEx 2015 poster competition. Abstract of the winning entry. Insecticide Resistance in Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius, Eggs and First Instars Brittany E. Campbell1and Dini M. Miller2 1University of Florida, Department of Entomology, Gainesville, FL, US 2Virginia Tech, Department of Entomology, Blacksburg, VA, US Bed bugs continue to […]

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Agriculture

Update on Adoption of Glyphosate-tolerant Sugar Beet in the United States

Update on Adoption of Glyphosate-tolerant Sugar Beet in the United States

Abstract The United States (US) is one of the world’s largest users of sugar (sucrose). In 2013, 11,396,000 metric tonnes, raw value of sugar were used domestically in the US. About 46% of this sugar was produced from sugar beet grown in the US and the remainder was from cane sugar produced in the US […]

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Sigatoka Disease Complex of Banana in Brazil: Management Practices and Future Directions

Sigatoka Disease Complex of Banana in Brazil: Management Practices and Future Directions

Abstract Banana (Musa spp.) is one of the world?s most important monocotyledonous crops, cultivated in over 100 tropical and subtropical countries. As the world’s most consumed fruit, it can represent a source of livelihood in countries of the African continent, where the annual per capita consumption may reach 400 kg. Brazil is responsible for approximately […]

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Insecticide Synergists: Good or Bad for Honey Bees?

Insecticide Synergists: Good or Bad for Honey Bees?

Abstract An increasing global population (estimated at over 9 billion by the year 2050) brings the problem of maintaining a sustainable agricultural system, with the constraints on land-use and environmental protection that such a process incurs. One acute problem is that of arthropod pests, chemical control of which remains the foundation of pest control for […]

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Forestry

Current and future Insect Threats to UK Forestry

Current and future Insect Threats to UK Forestry

Introduction The beginning of the 21st century has seen an unprecedented assault on the UK by invasive forest pests and diseases (Defra 2013; Figure 1). Some of these new pests and diseases have attracted much media attention and have increased political awareness, e.g. the large scale death of larch caused by Phytophothora ramorum and ash […]

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Tree care package to preserve iconic palm trees

Tree care package to preserve iconic palm trees

A new Syngenta tree care package could now save southern Europe’s iconic palm trees from the devastating effects of the Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus). The treatment, which involves direct micro-injection of a targeted insecticide into the trunk of affected trees, has been fully approved in France and granted emergency approval to tackle the increasing […]

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Tropical epiphytes and collateral control with copper fungicide

Tropical epiphytes and collateral control with copper fungicide

 Weeds are plants growing in the wrong place at the wrong time. Grasses and broadleaved weeds grow under and around trees to compete with their root systems for water and nutrients, and in the case of tall vigorously growing weeds around small stature trees for light and space as well. ‘Lower’ plants like lichens, mosses […]

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Special Features

Company Profile…BioGenius – anything but nine to five

Company Profile…BioGenius – anything but nine to five

We are looking for wasp colonies with which to test insecticides, can you perhaps help us? On the campus of the Technology Park in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne, is the new specialist company BioGenius, which has been established to research, develop and test biocidal products. The products tested can be insecticides, such as in the […]

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Natural crop trait enhancement with microbial teams

Natural crop trait enhancement with microbial teams

In a world that is facing rapid population growth, global climate volatility, and increasing environmental damage, revolutionary crop protection methods and production models are an urgent necessity. In recent years, microbial solutions have garnered much interest and research for this purpose. Several microbial products have proven effective for protecting crops and increasing yields, thereby adding […]

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Biorational solutions to fruit fly species of economic importance

Biorational solutions to fruit fly species of economic importance

The Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata is ranked as the most economically important fruit fly worldwide. In Mediterranean countries alone, the economic impact is estimated at US$192m. In Tunisia its presence causes up to 50% yield losses of peaches, with quality losses estimated at US$0.52m in 2009. The second species of highest significance is the […]

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Amenity Horticulture

Biology, Ecology and Management of the Longhorn Date Palm Stem Borer <em> Jebusaea Hammerschmidti </em> (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Biology, Ecology and Management of the Longhorn Date Palm Stem Borer Jebusaea Hammerschmidti (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Phoenix dactylifera, the date palm, is a multipurpose crop with high economic value. There are over 100 million date palms worldwide of which, 60% are in the Arab world. The date palm stem-borer (DPB) Jebusea hammerschmidti (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) is an important pest of date palm in the Middle East, North Africa and India. The beetle […]

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The efficacy of SPLAT lures in mass trapping the coconut beetle, <em>Oryctes rhinocerous</em>

The efficacy of SPLAT lures in mass trapping the coconut beetle, Oryctes rhinocerous

The Coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a pest which attacks the developing fronds of coconut, oil palm, and other landscape and decorative palms in Asia. Damaged fronds show typical triangular cuts. The beetle has the capacity to kill palm trees, particularly newly planted ones, when the growing point is destroyed by feeding. The larvae […]

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Staying in control

Staying in control

The times they are a’changing are the words from a song by Bob Dylan and, without doubt, change is a fact of life. It is how we respond to it that makes the difference. In the world of weed, pest and disease control in the UK, recent policy changes and legislation, linked especially to the […]

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Latest Posts

Comparative study of the palatability of various extruded rodenticide formulations

Comparative study of the palatability of various extruded rodenticide formulations

| May 15, 2015

This article examines the palatability and the efficacy of extruded rodenticide formulations available on the European market. Studies conducted by two laboratories (in Hungary and France) using similar test protocols, provide results that are comparable and reliably reflect differences in the palatability of the various extruded blocks. Background The predecessor of Bábolna Bio (called Babolna […]

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Update on Adoption of Glyphosate-tolerant Sugar Beet in the United States

Update on Adoption of Glyphosate-tolerant Sugar Beet in the United States

| May 15, 2015

Abstract The United States (US) is one of the world’s largest users of sugar (sucrose). In 2013, 11,396,000 metric tonnes, raw value of sugar were used domestically in the US. About 46% of this sugar was produced from sugar beet grown in the US and the remainder was from cane sugar produced in the US […]

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H5N8 Avian Influenza: Assessing Entry Routes into Europe

H5N8 Avian Influenza: Assessing Entry Routes into Europe

| May 13, 2015

The precise route of introduction of the H5N8 virus into Europe still remains uncertain, says a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific report generated in collaboration with Member States and the European Union (EU) Reference Laboratory. Having been detected on poultry farms in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, EFSAsays it is “plausible” that […]

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Sigatoka Disease Complex of Banana in Brazil: Management Practices and Future Directions

Sigatoka Disease Complex of Banana in Brazil: Management Practices and Future Directions

| May 12, 2015

Abstract Banana (Musa spp.) is one of the world?s most important monocotyledonous crops, cultivated in over 100 tropical and subtropical countries. As the world’s most consumed fruit, it can represent a source of livelihood in countries of the African continent, where the annual per capita consumption may reach 400 kg. Brazil is responsible for approximately […]

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Insecticide Synergists: Good or Bad for Honey Bees?

Insecticide Synergists: Good or Bad for Honey Bees?

| May 12, 2015

Abstract An increasing global population (estimated at over 9 billion by the year 2050) brings the problem of maintaining a sustainable agricultural system, with the constraints on land-use and environmental protection that such a process incurs. One acute problem is that of arthropod pests, chemical control of which remains the foundation of pest control for […]

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Addressing Pesticide Risk Management and Risk Reduction Through Distance Learning Education

Addressing Pesticide Risk Management and Risk Reduction Through Distance Learning Education

| May 12, 2015

Abstract Pesticide use is extensive in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). For example, pesticides are used for crop production, public health vector control, domestic use, veterinary uses, forestry use, pest control in public buildings and places (e.g., supermarkets, hotels, hospitals, offices, golf courses, parks), migratory pests, maritime use, and transport. Using pesticides for pest […]

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History of Pest Management in Texas and the Southern United States and How Recent Grower Adoption of Preventative Pest Management Technologies Have Diminished the Capability for IPM Delivery

History of Pest Management in Texas and the Southern United States and How Recent Grower Adoption of Preventative Pest Management Technologies Have Diminished the Capability for IPM Delivery

| May 12, 2015

Abstract The history of pest management since the late 1880s is a repeated cycle of pest intensification, development of innovative and effective technology, enthusiastic use/over use of the technology, followed in the short term by a return to pest intensification and sustainability issues due to grower failure to integrate control tactics. The overland invasion of […]

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International news in brief – March/April 2015

International news in brief – March/April 2015

| May 12, 2015

Europe: IPM Strategic Research Agenda is underway The ERA-Net C-IPM is organizing a strategic research agenda (SRA) workshop that will be held on 18th March 2015 at AgroParistech 16 rue Claude Bernard, Paris. The workshop is part of the collaborative consultation process to develop the medium to long term SRA of IPM in Europe. A […]

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