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International news in brief – May/June 2016

International news in brief – May/June 2016

USA: Billions in potential economic losses from uncontrolled weeds A team of experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) found that in the U.S. and Canada, about half of corn and soybean crops would be lost to uncontrolled weeds, costing growers about $43 billion annually. To develop their crop loss estimates, Dr. Anita […]

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International news in brief – March/April 2016

International news in brief – March/April 2016

Singapore: Chemical repellent used to disturb birds roost The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has launched a new method to repel mynahs in Clementi and Yishun. These birds have drawn complaints for the nuisance they cause. Every two months for the next year, the AVA will be fogging the trees where the birds […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2016

International news in brief – January/February 2016

The Hague, Netherlands: Huge seizures of 190 tonnes of counterfeit pesticides Europol supported a massive 12-day international operation Silver Axe, during which 350 inspections of containers were carried out at major ports and airports in seven countries. As a result, law enforcement agencies from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and the Netherlands discovered 190 […]

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Public Health

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

The Aedes mosquito and other vectors of disease are currently receiving unprecedented global attention and scrutiny following recent outbreaks of infectious diseases including Zika and dengue fever and the world is looking for adequate response and a wide range of solutions to tackle these threats to global public health. Controlling these vectors successfully would not […]

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Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

With Canadian Government funding, a team of innovators from Canada and Mexico have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and is likely spreading the Zika virus. The 10 month study, conducted in a remote, urban area of Guatemala, shows the successful development and […]

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Indoor residual spraying for mosquito control  – the importance of training spray operators

Indoor residual spraying for mosquito control – the importance of training spray operators

Indoor residual spraying (IRS) with DDT began in the 1940’s in Sardinia where full-scale operations were carried out to control Anopheles labranchiae to control malaria. In the Italian campaign, the number of cases of malaria fell from 78,173 in 1944 to 44 in 1950. This led to WHO launching a Global Malaria Eradication Programme in […]

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Agriculture

The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

Abstract: Pesticide application remains an important component of rice pest management in Viêt Nam and responsible use should be integrated back into a strategy of good agricultural practices. Crucial skills that need to be fostered include: better product selection with safe and efficient application; the role of action thresholds must also be re-considered. Rice is […]

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Cardamom – A crop cannot run away from its problems

Cardamom – A crop cannot run away from its problems

When crops are taken from one continent to another, their pests and diseases eventually catch up with them. When there is no research capacity to respond, the farmers can have serious problems. Guatemala is poised on the edge of a disaster with cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum),a spice crop which has been grown in the Central American […]

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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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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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Amenity Horticulture

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

The Aedes mosquito and other vectors of disease are currently receiving unprecedented global attention and scrutiny following recent outbreaks of infectious diseases including Zika and dengue fever and the world is looking for adequate response and a wide range of solutions to tackle these threats to global public health. Controlling these vectors successfully would not […]

Continue Reading

Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

With Canadian Government funding, a team of innovators from Canada and Mexico have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and is likely spreading the Zika virus. The 10 month study, conducted in a remote, urban area of Guatemala, shows the successful development and […]

Continue Reading

The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

Abstract: Pesticide application remains an important component of rice pest management in Viêt Nam and responsible use should be integrated back into a strategy of good agricultural practices. Crucial skills that need to be fostered include: better product selection with safe and efficient application; the role of action thresholds must also be re-considered. Rice is […]

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Latest Posts

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

| July 15, 2016

The Aedes mosquito and other vectors of disease are currently receiving unprecedented global attention and scrutiny following recent outbreaks of infectious diseases including Zika and dengue fever and the world is looking for adequate response and a wide range of solutions to tackle these threats to global public health. Controlling these vectors successfully would not […]

Continue Reading

Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

| July 15, 2016

With Canadian Government funding, a team of innovators from Canada and Mexico have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and is likely spreading the Zika virus. The 10 month study, conducted in a remote, urban area of Guatemala, shows the successful development and […]

Continue Reading

The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

| July 11, 2016

Abstract: Pesticide application remains an important component of rice pest management in Viêt Nam and responsible use should be integrated back into a strategy of good agricultural practices. Crucial skills that need to be fostered include: better product selection with safe and efficient application; the role of action thresholds must also be re-considered. Rice is […]

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The makings of a turf weed

The makings of a turf weed

| July 4, 2016

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

| July 4, 2016

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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Indoor residual spraying for mosquito control  – the importance of training spray operators

Indoor residual spraying for mosquito control – the importance of training spray operators

| July 3, 2016

Indoor residual spraying (IRS) with DDT began in the 1940’s in Sardinia where full-scale operations were carried out to control Anopheles labranchiae to control malaria. In the Italian campaign, the number of cases of malaria fell from 78,173 in 1944 to 44 in 1950. This led to WHO launching a Global Malaria Eradication Programme in […]

Continue Reading

Cardamom – A crop cannot run away from its problems

Cardamom – A crop cannot run away from its problems

| July 3, 2016

When crops are taken from one continent to another, their pests and diseases eventually catch up with them. When there is no research capacity to respond, the farmers can have serious problems. Guatemala is poised on the edge of a disaster with cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum),a spice crop which has been grown in the Central American […]

Continue Reading

Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas

| July 3, 2016

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 […]

Continue Reading

Managing the problem of leatherjacket at UK airports

Managing the problem of leatherjacket at UK airports

| July 3, 2016

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 […]

Continue Reading

International news in brief – May/June 2016

International news in brief – May/June 2016

| June 21, 2016

USA: Billions in potential economic losses from uncontrolled weeds A team of experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) found that in the U.S. and Canada, about half of corn and soybean crops would be lost to uncontrolled weeds, costing growers about $43 billion annually. To develop their crop loss estimates, Dr. Anita […]

Continue Reading

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