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International news in brief – July/August 2015

International news in brief – July/August 2015

Australian: New plan to control fruit fly The Australian Government’s National Fruit Fly Research, Development and Extension Plan aims to tackle issues ranging from the prevention of exotic pests’ entering the country to finding treatments to replace the agrochemicals dimethoate and fenthion as they are phased out. The combination of chemical withdrawal and loss of […]

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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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Public Health

Supernemos:  A Natural Alternative to Chemical Insecticide

Supernemos: A Natural Alternative to Chemical Insecticide

The precursors of modern synthetic pesticides were invented during the Second World War and some were originally developed as potential chemical warfare agents. After the war, the organophosphate compounds were re-used as general insecticides http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Pesticides.aspx; http://www.panna.org/resources/organophosphates; Their use is intended to improve crop quality and to improved human health around the world. The use of […]

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Malaria Control, Better Health, Better Future. 

Malaria Control, Better Health, Better Future. 

Malaria is one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world, in spite of a high number of deaths resulting from malaria being preventable. In 2013, malaria affected almost 200 million people worldwide in tropical countries especially Africa. Over 25% of reported malaria cases resulted deaths, with the highest recorded deaths being of children under […]

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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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Agriculture

Perspectives on Crop Protection in India

Perspectives on Crop Protection in India

Introduction India is an agrarian country with more than 60% of its population directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture which contributes nearly 18% to country’s GDP. Ensuring food security for a population of more than 1.27 billion with diminishing cultivable land resource is a herculean task. The green revolution technologies helped the country to increase […]

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Brazilian Soybean Pest Management and Threats to Its Sustainability

Brazilian Soybean Pest Management and Threats to Its Sustainability

Introduction Brazil is expected to harvest 198.65 million tons of grain in 2014/15 in an area of 57.08 million hectares and soybean stands out as the main crop sown. The cultivated soybean area has nearly tripled in the last 20 years, up from 11.6 million hectares in 1994/95 to 31.3 million hectares in 2014/15 (Conab, […]

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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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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

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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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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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

Perspectives on Crop Protection in India

Perspectives on Crop Protection in India

| August 19, 2015

Introduction India is an agrarian country with more than 60% of its population directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture which contributes nearly 18% to country’s GDP. Ensuring food security for a population of more than 1.27 billion with diminishing cultivable land resource is a herculean task. The green revolution technologies helped the country to increase […]

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Brazilian Soybean Pest Management and Threats to Its Sustainability

Brazilian Soybean Pest Management and Threats to Its Sustainability

| August 19, 2015

Introduction Brazil is expected to harvest 198.65 million tons of grain in 2014/15 in an area of 57.08 million hectares and soybean stands out as the main crop sown. The cultivated soybean area has nearly tripled in the last 20 years, up from 11.6 million hectares in 1994/95 to 31.3 million hectares in 2014/15 (Conab, […]

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Large-scale Monitoring of Insecticide Susceptibility in Cat Fleas, <em>Ctenocephalides felis</em>

Large-scale Monitoring of Insecticide Susceptibility in Cat Fleas, Ctenocephalides felis

| August 19, 2015

Introduction The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) (Figure 1) is the most important ectoparasite of domestic cats and dogs worldwide. Infestations can lead to skin inflammation and cause flea allergy dermatitis, and fleas are also capable of transmitting several other parasites and diseases between animals and, indirectly, to humans. Fleas have a homometabolous life-cycle […]

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Supernemos:  A Natural Alternative to Chemical Insecticide

Supernemos: A Natural Alternative to Chemical Insecticide

| August 19, 2015

The precursors of modern synthetic pesticides were invented during the Second World War and some were originally developed as potential chemical warfare agents. After the war, the organophosphate compounds were re-used as general insecticides http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Pesticides.aspx; http://www.panna.org/resources/organophosphates; Their use is intended to improve crop quality and to improved human health around the world. The use of […]

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Malaria Control, Better Health, Better Future. 

Malaria Control, Better Health, Better Future. 

| August 19, 2015

Malaria is one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world, in spite of a high number of deaths resulting from malaria being preventable. In 2013, malaria affected almost 200 million people worldwide in tropical countries especially Africa. Over 25% of reported malaria cases resulted deaths, with the highest recorded deaths being of children under […]

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An innovative approach in poultry mite management

An innovative approach in poultry mite management

| August 19, 2015

Insecticides have greatly improved human health and agricultural production worldwide, however their usefulness has been limited by the evolution of resistance in many major pests, with the addition factor that some species become pests only as a result of insecticide use. This aspect opens new avenues to look for insecticide formulation with new and innovative […]

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Improved monitoring and potential control for the Asian Tiger mosquito

Improved monitoring and potential control for the Asian Tiger mosquito

| August 18, 2015

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 […]

Continue Reading

Phlebotomine Sandflies and the control of Leishmaniasis

Phlebotomine Sandflies and the control of Leishmaniasis

| August 18, 2015

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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