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Archive for July, 2013

Another major step in better disease management in the global banana sector

Another major step in better disease management in the global banana sector

| July 30, 2013

PromoBanana, a new public-private partnership coordinated by Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), will provide banana farmers in the Philippines with better tools for detecting and managing the devastating infectious diseases Panama disease and Black Sigatoka. The Philippines are among the world’s top five banana exporters. Bananas are a staple food for more than 400 […]

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International Pest Control – July/August 2013 – Vol.55, Nr.4

International Pest Control – July/August 2013 – Vol.55, Nr.4

| July 30, 2013

Summer is well and truly upon us in the Northern hemisphere and the rains and winds of 2012 have been replaced by the heat and sun of 2013. Pest management is all about coping with changing situations that confront us and the weather certainly makes forward planning a challenge. One of the challenges of Editor […]

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Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

| July 3, 2013

The right combination of compounds produced by a beneficial fungus could lead to grasses that require fewer pesticides and are safer for wildlife and grazing animals, according to Purdue University scientists. Neotyphodium is a fungus called an endophyte. It lives symbiotically, feeding off many species of grasses while providing the grass with protection from insects […]

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Best practices for crane flies in turf production

Best practices for crane flies in turf production

| July 3, 2013

A new study recently published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) explains the best management practices for consideration and adoption by turf (sod) producers in the northeastern U.S. Two species of crane flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) introduced from Europe, Tipula oleracea L. and T. paludosa Meigen, have become established across portions of northeastern United […]

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Timing fungicides and PGRs to control greenhouse pests

Timing fungicides and PGRs to control greenhouse pests

| July 3, 2013

The management of pests and diseases during the production of greenhouse crops is not an isolated event. As such, interactions may occur that can have a significant impact on the success of any pest management strategy. For example, under conditions of high relative humidity (greater than 75 percent), naturally-occurring populations of beneficial or insect-killing fungi […]

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Researchers use ‘banker plants’ to help battle whitefly pests

Researchers use ‘banker plants’ to help battle whitefly pests

| July 3, 2013

A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is showing growers how to combat whiteflies and other crop pests by using plants as storehouses for predatory insects that can migrate to cash crops and feed on the pests attacking those crops. Cindy L. McKenzie, an entomologist in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Subtropical Insects Research […]

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