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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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International news in brief – November/December 2015

International news in brief – November/December 2015

UK: World’s largest production site for beneficial nematodes With the opening of its expanded Littlehampton, UK production site, BASF is strengthening its ability to meet the growing global demand for biological solutions for agriculture and horticulture. At this site, BASF increases its production volumes of beneficial nematodes and inoculants, moving ahead with its strategy to […]

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Public Health

Is there a vacuum in your professional service?

Is there a vacuum in your professional service?

Pest management professionals (PMPs) offer a different service to those engaged in hygiene enterprises and there may be a view that using a vacuum equates with duties provided by such cleaning and janitorial services companies. Clearing an area of debris to assess current pest activity should be the job of a PMP. Leaving behind insect […]

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Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the US

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the US

With the recent revolution in molecular biology many desirable traits can now be engineered into in a wide range of organisms. Genetic engineering of plants and animals is becoming a standard and powerful tool to improve and protect crops and prevent diseases. Transgenic plants have driven the regulatory landscape so far, but other organisms are […]

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Biopesticides – new solutions for old problems

Biopesticides – new solutions for old problems

Swansea University, South Wales played host to a special Biopesticide conference in early September. Professor Tariq Butt welcomed 195 delegates from 40 organisations and 25 different countries with significant involvement from within the industry to present and share experiences from their work. There were in total 50 presentations given over 8 sessions covering a variety […]

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Agriculture

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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Refuge-in-the-Bag Strategy for Managing Insect Resistance to BT Maize

Refuge-in-the-Bag Strategy for Managing Insect Resistance to BT Maize

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a common soil-dwelling bacterium, which can produce insecticidal proteins. Most of these Bt proteins are specifically toxic to some insect pests. Sprayable Bt insecticide formulations have been used for control of agricultural and health pests for many years, especially in organic farming. Bt insecticides are considered safe to the environment, people, […]

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Perspective: Consider Removing ‘Inherited’ from Definitions of Pesticide Resistance

Perspective: Consider Removing ‘Inherited’ from Definitions of Pesticide Resistance

When an organism that had previously been controlled by a treatment is no longer controlled by that treatment, the grower considers the organism to be resistant. If equally susceptible pests were controlled in the same field, with the same treatment, I would consider that grower is correct, but this may not be the case due […]

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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

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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Improved monitoring and potential control for the Asian Tiger mosquito

Improved monitoring and potential control for the Asian Tiger mosquito

Aedes albopictus, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, flourishes in a variety of habitats including residential and agricultural areas. It is present on 6 of the world’s 7 continents and is a competent vector of at least 22 different arboviruses including all 4 serotypes of dengue. Current control efforts for Aedes albopictus include source […]

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Phlebotomine Sandflies and the control of Leishmaniasis

Phlebotomine Sandflies and the control of Leishmaniasis

The disease leishmaniasis has come again into prominence with renewed efforts in India to control the insect vectors of the disease. Many soldiers were affected by the disease during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The most common form of the disease is Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, which causes an open sore at the bite sites, which […]

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Amenity Horticulture

Biopesticides – new solutions for old problems

Biopesticides – new solutions for old problems

Swansea University, South Wales played host to a special Biopesticide conference in early September. Professor Tariq Butt welcomed 195 delegates from 40 organisations and 25 different countries with significant involvement from within the industry to present and share experiences from their work. There were in total 50 presentations given over 8 sessions covering a variety […]

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Feed the Future IPM innovation Lab: A Critical Role in Global Food Security

Feed the Future IPM innovation Lab: A Critical Role in Global Food Security

The need:food security The World Food Summit of 1966 defined “food security” as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” Food insecurity is part of a continuum that includes hunger (food deprivation), malnutrition (deficiencies, imbalances, or excess of nutrients) and […]

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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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Latest Posts

Barriers to the adoption of GM crops

Barriers to the adoption of GM crops

| May 3, 2016

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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International news in brief – March/April 2016

International news in brief – March/April 2016

| May 3, 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 Pest Control – March/April 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.2

International Pest Control – March/April 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.2

| May 3, 2016

We have had some very encouraging and favourable comments about the new look that we launched with our last issue. Thank you for these. While both I and the magazine may be in our 50’s, I believe we are still able to adapt, refresh and move with the times. If you have suggestions for more […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2016

International news in brief – January/February 2016

| March 28, 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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IPM for the Urban Professional: A Study Guide for the Associate Certified Entomologist

IPM for the Urban Professional: A Study Guide for the Associate Certified Entomologist

| February 23, 2016

Mike Merchant and Richard Levine. Published by the Entomological Society of America (ESA): October, 2015. 208 pages, soft back. ISBN 978-0-99666740-1 Designed as a study guide for those pursuing the ACE (Associate Certified Entomologists) program run by the Entomological Society of America. Founded in 1889, the ESA has nearly 7,000 members today. IPM for the […]

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Company Profile…ICB Pharma – Formulating innovative physical solutions for global pest management

Company Profile…ICB Pharma – Formulating innovative physical solutions for global pest management

| February 21, 2016

ICB Pharma is a Polish company that has been dealing with protecting people and animals against biological threats, as well as providing agrochemical solutions in agricultural situations and in plant cultivation. The company is a continuation of a long-lasting family tradition that was initiated by Professor Wojchiech Alojz Świętosławski who was, inter alia, Professor at […]

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International Pest Control – January/February 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.1

International Pest Control – January/February 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.1

| February 21, 2016

IPC has been delivering the latest in news, views and technological developments in pest management for 57 years. In that time, we have made a few changes to improve the presentation and refresh our image. This year we start 2016 with a new front cover and section icons to help navigate your way through the […]

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Is there a vacuum in your professional service?

Is there a vacuum in your professional service?

| February 21, 2016

Pest management professionals (PMPs) offer a different service to those engaged in hygiene enterprises and there may be a view that using a vacuum equates with duties provided by such cleaning and janitorial services companies. Clearing an area of debris to assess current pest activity should be the job of a PMP. Leaving behind insect […]

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