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Consumption of Insects: Inventory of Potential Hazards and Research Needs

Consumption of Insects: Inventory of Potential Hazards and Research Needs

| May 22, 2015

Consumption of Insects: Inventory of Potential Hazards and Research Needs Insect consumption, or entomophagy, is a common practice in some parts of the world (Africa, Asia, Latin America), where it may be part of the traditional foodculture. To meet the challenge of feeding the world in 2030, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) […]

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Biological Controls: Bud-galling Wasp Assessed

Biological Controls: Bud-galling Wasp Assessed

| May 22, 2015

The bud-galling wasp Trichilogaster acaciaelongifoliae could be successfully introduced as a biological control agent of the invasive alien plant Acacia longifolia in coastal areas of Portugal. Its introduction could, however, have an impact on A. longifolia and another acacia species, A. floribunda, where these are cultivated as ornamentals. These are the main findings of EFSA’s […]

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Comparative study of the palatability of various extruded rodenticide formulations

Comparative study of the palatability of various extruded rodenticide formulations

| May 15, 2015

This article examines the palatability and the efficacy of extruded rodenticide formulations available on the European market. Studies conducted by two laboratories (in Hungary and France) using similar test protocols, provide results that are comparable and reliably reflect differences in the palatability of the various extruded blocks. Background The predecessor of Bábolna Bio (called Babolna […]

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Update on Adoption of Glyphosate-tolerant Sugar Beet in the United States

Update on Adoption of Glyphosate-tolerant Sugar Beet in the United States

| May 15, 2015

Abstract The United States (US) is one of the world’s largest users of sugar (sucrose). In 2013, 11,396,000 metric tonnes, raw value of sugar were used domestically in the US. About 46% of this sugar was produced from sugar beet grown in the US and the remainder was from cane sugar produced in the US […]

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H5N8 Avian Influenza: Assessing Entry Routes into Europe

H5N8 Avian Influenza: Assessing Entry Routes into Europe

| May 13, 2015

The precise route of introduction of the H5N8 virus into Europe still remains uncertain, says a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific report generated in collaboration with Member States and the European Union (EU) Reference Laboratory. Having been detected on poultry farms in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, EFSAsays it is “plausible” that […]

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Sigatoka Disease Complex of Banana in Brazil: Management Practices and Future Directions

Sigatoka Disease Complex of Banana in Brazil: Management Practices and Future Directions

| May 12, 2015

Abstract Banana (Musa spp.) is one of the world?s most important monocotyledonous crops, cultivated in over 100 tropical and subtropical countries. As the world’s most consumed fruit, it can represent a source of livelihood in countries of the African continent, where the annual per capita consumption may reach 400 kg. Brazil is responsible for approximately […]

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Insecticide Synergists: Good or Bad for Honey Bees?

Insecticide Synergists: Good or Bad for Honey Bees?

| May 12, 2015

Abstract An increasing global population (estimated at over 9 billion by the year 2050) brings the problem of maintaining a sustainable agricultural system, with the constraints on land-use and environmental protection that such a process incurs. One acute problem is that of arthropod pests, chemical control of which remains the foundation of pest control for […]

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Addressing Pesticide Risk Management and Risk Reduction Through Distance Learning Education

Addressing Pesticide Risk Management and Risk Reduction Through Distance Learning Education

| May 12, 2015

Abstract Pesticide use is extensive in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). For example, pesticides are used for crop production, public health vector control, domestic use, veterinary uses, forestry use, pest control in public buildings and places (e.g., supermarkets, hotels, hospitals, offices, golf courses, parks), migratory pests, maritime use, and transport. Using pesticides for pest […]

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History of Pest Management in Texas and the Southern United States and How Recent Grower Adoption of Preventative Pest Management Technologies Have Diminished the Capability for IPM Delivery

History of Pest Management in Texas and the Southern United States and How Recent Grower Adoption of Preventative Pest Management Technologies Have Diminished the Capability for IPM Delivery

| May 12, 2015

Abstract The history of pest management since the late 1880s is a repeated cycle of pest intensification, development of innovative and effective technology, enthusiastic use/over use of the technology, followed in the short term by a return to pest intensification and sustainability issues due to grower failure to integrate control tactics. The overland invasion of […]

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International news in brief – March/April 2015

International news in brief – March/April 2015

| May 12, 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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