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International news in brief – March/April 2017 issue

International news in brief – March/April 2017 issue

Spain: Sound waves to repel insect pests SAMI Technologies Int., S.L. is a Spanish company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of technological solutions for the entomological market. As we head into the busy Spring season, with the greatest proliferation of pests, the company has launched a device that claims embraces the latest technological […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2017 issue

International news in brief – January/February 2017 issue

Malaysia: Rentokil aims to break the mosquito life cycle Acting as Aedes Fighters, dedicated volunteers from Rentokil Initial Malaysia have worked together on a mission to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, reducing the mosquito population, and to create healthier and safer environments. This initiative is part of the organisation’s annual corporate social responsibility programme; Community Oriented […]

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International news in brief – November/December 2016 issue

International news in brief – November/December 2016 issue

Germany: Bayer completes sale of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced In October, Bayer completed the sale of its Consumer business to SBM, an independent and family-owned France-based group. The sale encompasses the Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced businesses in Europe and North America; 220 dedicated employees as well as the entire product portfolios of Bayer […]

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Public Health

Malaria Control: Better Health, Better Future 2016 – Eradicate Malaria for Good

Malaria Control: Better Health, Better Future 2016 – Eradicate Malaria for Good

Following on from the World Malaria Day (WMD) celebration initiative and the subsequent commitment by SCI in 2015 to be part of the global millennium development goal to eradicate malaria, this year’s theme is “Eradicate Malaria for Good”. The millennium development goal is to decrease malaria by 90% by 2030. In spite of the encouraging […]

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Insecticide Treated Bednets for Malaria Control

Insecticide Treated Bednets for Malaria Control

Mosquitoes have been disturbing humans ever since both have co-existed. The earliest records of nets being used to protect people from mosquito bites are from ancient Egypt, but it was not until the early 1980s that the first trials of insecticide impregnated bednets took place. As evidence for the impact of insecticide treated nets (ITNs) […]

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Insecticide Resistance: Are We Losing the Battle to Control the Mosquito Vectors of Malaria?

Insecticide Resistance: Are We Losing the Battle to Control the Mosquito Vectors of Malaria?

In the twenty first century malaria still holds a terrible grip on the lives of millions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. However, since the turn of the millennium there has been a 40% reduction in the incidence of clinical disease, averting an estimated 663 million clinical cases. It has been estimated that the majority of this […]

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Agriculture

Using Green <em>Vaccination</em> to Brighten the Agronomic Future

Using Green Vaccination to Brighten the Agronomic Future

Crop plants host a variety of pests and diseases that can ultimately reduce agricultural productivity. Current methods of pest and disease control depend largely on pesticides. However, the use of chemicals alone is increasingly regarded as unsustainable due to the development of resistance and the introduction of stricter European regulation. There is a need, therefore, […]

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Assessing the Optimum Droplet Size for Controlling Dubas Bug on Date Palm in the Sultanate of Oman When Applying an Insecticide Spray from an Aircraft

Assessing the Optimum Droplet Size for Controlling Dubas Bug on Date Palm in the Sultanate of Oman When Applying an Insecticide Spray from an Aircraft

Dubas bug is considered to be the key pest for Date Palm in Oman, based on the total area infested, severity of the infestation and economic damage caused during the last four decades. Dubas bug adults and nymphs suck plant sap and coat leaf surfaces with honeydew leading to sooty mould development, both of which […]

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The Conservation Farming Unit: A Force for Agricultural Change in Zambia

The Conservation Farming Unit: A Force for Agricultural Change in Zambia

The Conservation Farming Unit (CFU), a not for profit company, was set up in Zambia more than 20 years ago with one aim – to promote Conservation Farming (CF) to small and medium scale farmers in Zambia. Since its inception in 1995 the CFU has not altered in this aim. With the backing of the […]

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Forestry

Cabbage Skunk weed <em>Lysichitum americanum</em> in wet woodlands: biology; invasiveness and control in the UK

Cabbage Skunk weed Lysichitum americanum in wet woodlands: biology; invasiveness and control in the UK

The invasive Cabbage Skunk weed, Lysichitum americanum, is native to swamps and along streams in woodlands in the north-west of North America. It is named due to its distinctive “skunky” odour that it emits when it blooms and attracts its pollinators – scavenging flies and beetles. The name is also used for the eastern skunk […]

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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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Special Features

Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas such as parks, golf courses and other areas open to the public has to conform to the EU regulations in a similar manner to protecting crops on farms. The main difference is that there are a diverse range of spray targets which frequently have to be treated using manually carried […]

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Managing the problem of leatherjacket at UK airports

Managing the problem of leatherjacket at UK airports

UK airports recently faced an issue due to the removal of a chemical, or to be precise the lack of knowledge regarding its avail- ability. The application of European EC Regulation 2009/128/EC, applied by the UK, led to the nationwide withdrawal of Chlorpyrifos. However, since the 1960’s chlorpyrifos had helped in the control of larvae […]

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Barriers to the adoption of GM crops

Barriers to the adoption of GM crops

The use of genetic engineering techniques in agriculture and food production is seen as an exciting and valuable development by many. They welcome the improvements in production efficiency that they bring to farmers and the enhanced nutritional value that can benefit consumers. Others however, have objected strongly, raising environmental, food safety, and ethical concerns. A […]

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Horticulture Amenity

The makings of a turf weed

The makings of a turf weed

Professional turf is a close-knit grass sward with seemingly few openings and opportunities for invasion by weeds, but a surprisingly large number of plant species continue to invade, establish and grow. Turf weed achievement is governed by a range botanical attributes alongside breaches in turf integrity that allow these dicotyledonous (broad leaved) plants to exploit […]

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Managing weeds on railway lines

Managing weeds on railway lines

The Weedfree-on-Track Spray Train was created with environmental sustainability at the forefront of its design. In an ever demanding market where companies are being driven to reduce their carbon footprint and become ‘greener’, the spray train was designed to not only achieve current demands, but to also be future proof for an ever evolving market. […]

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Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas such as parks, golf courses and other areas open to the public has to conform to the EU regulations in a similar manner to protecting crops on farms. The main difference is that there are a diverse range of spray targets which frequently have to be treated using manually carried […]

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International news in brief – March/April 2017 issue

International news in brief – March/April 2017 issue

| April 30, 2017

Spain: Sound waves to repel insect pests SAMI Technologies Int., S.L. is a Spanish company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of technological solutions for the entomological market. As we head into the busy Spring season, with the greatest proliferation of pests, the company has launched a device that claims embraces the latest technological […]

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International Pest Control – March/April 2017 – Vol 59, Nr.2

International Pest Control – March/April 2017 – Vol 59, Nr.2

| April 29, 2017

Unlike Spring in the northern hemisphere, we are a bit late this month. Blame a manic March and a very successful PestEx for which we have delayed our publishing date to include a review. Our thanks to Clive for the report and BPCA for the photos. The whole pest management industry seems to be thriving […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2017 issue

International news in brief – January/February 2017 issue

| April 4, 2017

Malaysia: Rentokil aims to break the mosquito life cycle Acting as Aedes Fighters, dedicated volunteers from Rentokil Initial Malaysia have worked together on a mission to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, reducing the mosquito population, and to create healthier and safer environments. This initiative is part of the organisation’s annual corporate social responsibility programme; Community Oriented […]

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International Pest Control – January/February 2017 – Vol 59, Nr.1

International Pest Control – January/February 2017 – Vol 59, Nr.1

| April 3, 2017

Welcome to 2017. A pest can be defined as an organism that is in the wrong place, in the wrong numbers and at the wrong time or a bit like the new POTUS, behaving in a way that some find unacceptable. We can often tolerate a few individuals but should their pest behaviour escalate; a […]

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International news in brief – November/December 2016 issue

International news in brief – November/December 2016 issue

| January 4, 2017

Germany: Bayer completes sale of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced In October, Bayer completed the sale of its Consumer business to SBM, an independent and family-owned France-based group. The sale encompasses the Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced businesses in Europe and North America; 220 dedicated employees as well as the entire product portfolios of Bayer […]

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International Pest Control – November/December 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.6

International Pest Control – November/December 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.6

| December 31, 2016

The pumpkin were not the first vegetables to be carved into lanterns at Halloween. It was a Celtic tradition which emigrating Irish and Scots took to the US with them. The earlier European vegetables of choice however were rock hard turnips and beets, the former of which I recall carving every year. And so, when […]

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International news in brief – September/October 2016 issue

International news in brief – September/October 2016 issue

| December 30, 2016

UK: Mitie launches new specialised drone service In June, Mitie announced the launch of a new drone service. The technology enables improved property surveying, efficient thermal mapping and the inspection of high-rise buildings – previously unreachable. The drone inspection service offers unrivalled benefits in terms of quality of the inspection, cost reduction and instant reporting. […]

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