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International news in brief – July/August 2016 issue

International news in brief – July/August 2016 issue

USA: Rentokil acquires Residex In early July, Rentokil Initial plc announced details of its continued expansion in North America with the acquisition of pest control and turf products distribution business Residex LLC for US$30m. Residex is the largest independent products distribution company in the US, with annualised revenues for the 12 months prior to acquisition […]

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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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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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Amenity Horticulture

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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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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Latest Posts

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

Using Green Vaccination to Brighten the Agronomic Future

| September 2, 2016

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

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

| September 2, 2016

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 […]

Continue Reading

Insecticide Treated Bednets for Malaria Control

Insecticide Treated Bednets for Malaria Control

| September 2, 2016

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?

| August 25, 2016

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 […]

Continue Reading

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

| August 25, 2016

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

| August 25, 2016

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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BioConsortia Welcomes Top Scientists to its Science Advisory Board

BioConsortia Welcomes Top Scientists to its Science Advisory Board

| August 24, 2016

BioConsortia Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and crop yield improvement, announces that it has further boosted its R&D breadth and expertise with the addition of three world class experts to its Scientific Advisory Board. All three are renowned leaders in their respective fields of research and each brings exceptional experience […]

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Hassle-Free rodent control for professional pest control

Hassle-Free rodent control for professional pest control

| August 24, 2016

The pest control industry is undergoing one of its biggest legislative changes in decades, and product choice looks like being more important than ever. In the UK, for example, legislation is being phased in which will effectively mean that only professional pest controllers who hold an approved CRRU training certificate can purchase or use products […]

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Taking droplet size measurements to the field

Taking droplet size measurements to the field

| August 17, 2016

To most users of pesticides, the key information on the label is the dose of active ingredient or actual product to be applied per hectare. Little information has been given on the spray volume or spray quality required. Historically, many pesticides were applied in large volumes of water to wet all the plants surfaces. As […]

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International Pest Control – July/August 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.4

International Pest Control – July/August 2016 – Vol 58, Nr.4

| August 10, 2016

Can 2016 become any more unpredictable or unsafe? It’s great when an event such as Wales qualifying for the semi-finals of the Euro2016 tournament can bring a smile to some peoples’ faces and less good when others manipulate situations for some cause or their own gain, contributing to suffering and loss of life. Recent events […]

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