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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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International news in brief – September/October 2015

International news in brief – September/October 2015

Russia: Southern Russia under locust attack Southern Russia has been experiencing a vast locust infestation which forced the authorities to declare a state of emergency in the region.At least 900 Km² were infested with millions of locust in July and August. It’s been 30 years since the region have been infected by the swarm of […]

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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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Public Health

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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Understanding essential quality characteristics of mattress and box spring bed bug encasements

Understanding essential quality characteristics of mattress and box spring bed bug encasements

Bed bug encasements are an essential part of any complete bed bug service package because of their ability to prevent reinfestation of the property once you have effectively treated and eliminated any live insects. Encasements then cut off from their food supply, the human host and any bed bugs that may be hidden in harborage […]

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Agriculture

An Analysis of the Biopesticide Market Now and Where it is Going

An Analysis of the Biopesticide Market Now and Where it is Going

Biopesticide use began in the late 1800s with fungal spores used to control insect pests. One of the first documented cases of biopesticide use was by Agostine Bassi, who in 1835 demonstrated that spores of the white-muscadine fungus (Beauveria bassiana) could protect silkworms from disease. Since then, biopesticide use has continued uninterrupted through modern agricultural […]

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Aerial Applications in the USA

Aerial Applications in the USA

The application of pesticides by air, or aerial application, is an efficient and effective means of spraying in variety of situations. Agricultural aircraft are designed and set up specifically for the purpose of making both liquid and dry applications. This article will focus on liquid applications. There are two primary advantages to aerial application over […]

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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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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

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

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the US

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the US

| February 5, 2016

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 […]

Continue Reading

An Analysis of the Biopesticide Market Now and Where it is Going

An Analysis of the Biopesticide Market Now and Where it is Going

| February 5, 2016

Biopesticide use began in the late 1800s with fungal spores used to control insect pests. One of the first documented cases of biopesticide use was by Agostine Bassi, who in 1835 demonstrated that spores of the white-muscadine fungus (Beauveria bassiana) could protect silkworms from disease. Since then, biopesticide use has continued uninterrupted through modern agricultural […]

Continue Reading

Aerial Applications in the USA

Aerial Applications in the USA

| February 5, 2016

The application of pesticides by air, or aerial application, is an efficient and effective means of spraying in variety of situations. Agricultural aircraft are designed and set up specifically for the purpose of making both liquid and dry applications. This article will focus on liquid applications. There are two primary advantages to aerial application over […]

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Implementation of Structure-based pharmacophore modelling for <em>in silico</em> prediction of insecticidal activity

Implementation of Structure-based pharmacophore modelling for in silico prediction of insecticidal activity

| December 22, 2015

Author: Edwin P. Alcantara National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Biotech University of the Philippines (Los Banos) College, Laguna 4031 Philippines Introduction:  A pharmacophore is the set of chemical and steric interactions between a ligand and macromolecule that are relevant to trigger biological response. In this study, the enzyme β-N-acetyl-D-hexosaminidase (PDB I.D. 3NSN) was […]

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International news in brief – November/December 2015

International news in brief – November/December 2015

| December 9, 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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Company Profile…PelGar International – making an impact in global pest control

Company Profile…PelGar International – making an impact in global pest control

| December 8, 2015

PelGar International is the lead-ing British manufacturer of highly effective rodenticide and insecticide products for the control of public health and agricultural pests. It develops and supplies innovative and novel products to the global public health pesticide market. With an active and dynamic R&D programme, which draws on a wide range of market intelligence and […]

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International Pest Control – November/December 2015 – Vol 57, Nr.6

International Pest Control – November/December 2015 – Vol 57, Nr.6

| December 8, 2015

Trapping insects relies as much upon knowing where best to place a trap, as using the right pheromone or attractant. In the same way, knowing which spray application method to use, is equally if not more crucial when applying a pesticide, to get the best from whichever formulation or active ingredient is chosen. Many years […]

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Biopesticides – new solutions for old problems

Biopesticides – new solutions for old problems

| October 15, 2015

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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