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International news in brief – May/June 2015

International news in brief – May/June 2015

Philipinnes: Clearing coconut logs to prevent rhinoceros beetle infestation Government crews are rushing to clear about 4m coconut trees in provinces damaged by super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in order to prevent the rhinoceros beetle from taking hold and attacking surviving trees. The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) reported that at the end of April, 9.15 […]

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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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Public Health

Facing up to alien invasive animals in Europe

Facing up to alien invasive animals in Europe

An alien or non-native species is an organism that has become established in an area outside of its normal native range, as a result of human activity. An invasive alien species (IAS) is one which is having negative impacts in that colonised area. A generation ago, the concept of invasive alien species and their potential […]

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Consumption of Insects: Inventory of Potential Hazards and Research Needs

Consumption of Insects: Inventory of Potential Hazards and Research Needs

Consumption of Insects: Inventory of Potential Hazards and Research Needs Insect consumption, or entomophagy, is a common practice in some parts of the world (Africa, Asia, Latin America), where it may be part of the traditional foodculture. To meet the challenge of feeding the world in 2030, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) […]

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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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Agriculture

Facing up to alien invasive animals in Europe

Facing up to alien invasive animals in Europe

An alien or non-native species is an organism that has become established in an area outside of its normal native range, as a result of human activity. An invasive alien species (IAS) is one which is having negative impacts in that colonised area. A generation ago, the concept of invasive alien species and their potential […]

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Mango Pulp Weevil <em>Sternochetus frigidus</em>: An invasive species with economic significance in the Philippines

Mango Pulp Weevil Sternochetus frigidus: An invasive species with economic significance in the Philippines

Mango is the third most important fruit crop in the Philippines, based on export volume and value. It is ranked next to banana and pineapple (DA, 2015). The locally grown mango varieties have established a large domestic and international market, in both fresh and processed forms. In 2011, the Philippines recorded a total production area […]

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Biological Controls: Bud-galling Wasp Assessed

Biological Controls: Bud-galling Wasp Assessed

The bud-galling wasp Trichilogaster acaciaelongifoliae could be successfully introduced as a biological control agent of the invasive alien plant Acacia longifolia in coastal areas of Portugal. Its introduction could, however, have an impact on A. longifolia and another acacia species, A. floribunda, where these are cultivated as ornamentals. These are the main findings of EFSA’s […]

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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

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

Facing up to alien invasive animals in Europe

Facing up to alien invasive animals in Europe

| July 22, 2015

An alien or non-native species is an organism that has become established in an area outside of its normal native range, as a result of human activity. An invasive alien species (IAS) is one which is having negative impacts in that colonised area. A generation ago, the concept of invasive alien species and their potential […]

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Mango Pulp Weevil <em>Sternochetus frigidus</em>: An invasive species with economic significance in the Philippines

Mango Pulp Weevil Sternochetus frigidus: An invasive species with economic significance in the Philippines

| July 22, 2015

Mango is the third most important fruit crop in the Philippines, based on export volume and value. It is ranked next to banana and pineapple (DA, 2015). The locally grown mango varieties have established a large domestic and international market, in both fresh and processed forms. In 2011, the Philippines recorded a total production area […]

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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

| July 21, 2015

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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International news in brief – May/June 2015

International news in brief – May/June 2015

| July 20, 2015

Philipinnes: Clearing coconut logs to prevent rhinoceros beetle infestation Government crews are rushing to clear about 4m coconut trees in provinces damaged by super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in order to prevent the rhinoceros beetle from taking hold and attacking surviving trees. The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) reported that at the end of April, 9.15 […]

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International Pest Control – May/June 2015 – Vol57, Nr.3

International Pest Control – May/June 2015 – Vol57, Nr.3

| July 15, 2015

I am not clear how long a pest has to reside in a new locality to no longer be consider as an invasive pest and to be added to the list of ‘natives’. Many pests we deal with every day will have been a new comer at some time and as international communication and travel […]

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Magnetic powder as an enhanced delivery agent for active ingredients in urban pest management products

Magnetic powder as an enhanced delivery agent for active ingredients in urban pest management products

| July 15, 2015

Authors: Colin O’Halloran1, Rob Fryatt2 1 YPIL 2 Xenex Associates Abstract: Satisfactory results from dry flowable powder formulations for control of crawling insect pests are driven by the quantity of powder adhering to the insect and the ability to transfer powder from insect to insect. This poster describes the performance of a magnetic dry flowable […]

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AQUATAIN AMF & DROPS

AQUATAIN AMF & DROPS

| July 14, 2015

Author: Stefano Scarponi* *Bleu Line – B.L. Group Abstract: Aquatain AMF is a unique silicone-based liquid for mosquito control. It spreads across the surface of standing water – even large water bodies – and forms a very thin film. As silicones have a very low surface tension, the film prevents pupae and larvae from attaching […]

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Novel anticoagulant rodenticides devoid of causing rodenticide-resistance – A potential solution to an increasing and worldwide problem

Novel anticoagulant rodenticides devoid of causing rodenticide-resistance – A potential solution to an increasing and worldwide problem

| July 12, 2015

Authors: Dietrich C. Gulba1, Henrik Luessen2 1Katholisches Klinikum Oberhausen GmbH, Oberhausen, D 2Tytonis BV, Alkmaar, NL Abstract: Rodent associated annual agricultural loss is estimated to exceed 10% up to 25 % of the annual food production in the world. In addition, these animals serve as carriers of severe human diseases and epidemic plagues of which […]

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