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Archive for July, 2016

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

| July 15, 2016

The Aedes mosquito and other vectors of disease are currently receiving unprecedented global attention and scrutiny following recent outbreaks of infectious diseases including Zika and dengue fever and the world is looking for adequate response and a wide range of solutions to tackle these threats to global public health. Controlling these vectors successfully would not […]

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Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

Simple innovation for killing mosquito eggs

| July 15, 2016

With Canadian Government funding, a team of innovators from Canada and Mexico have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and is likely spreading the Zika virus. The 10 month study, conducted in a remote, urban area of Guatemala, shows the successful development and […]

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The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

The role of pesticides in the SE Asian rice IPM: A view from the Mekong Delta

| July 11, 2016

Abstract: Pesticide application remains an important component of rice pest management in Viêt Nam and responsible use should be integrated back into a strategy of good agricultural practices. Crucial skills that need to be fostered include: better product selection with safe and efficient application; the role of action thresholds must also be re-considered. Rice is […]

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The makings of a turf weed

The makings of a turf weed

| July 4, 2016

Professional turf is a close-knit grass sward with seemingly few openings and opportunities for invasion by weeds, but a surprisingly large number of plant species continue to invade, establish and grow. Turf weed achievement is governed by a range botanical attributes alongside breaches in turf integrity that allow these dicotyledonous (broad leaved) plants to exploit […]

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Managing weeds on railway lines

Managing weeds on railway lines

| July 4, 2016

The Weedfree-on-Track Spray Train was created with environmental sustainability at the forefront of its design. In an ever demanding market where companies are being driven to reduce their carbon footprint and become ‘greener’, the spray train was designed to not only achieve current demands, but to also be future proof for an ever evolving market. […]

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Indoor residual spraying for mosquito control  – the importance of training spray operators

Indoor residual spraying for mosquito control – the importance of training spray operators

| July 3, 2016

Indoor residual spraying (IRS) with DDT began in the 1940’s in Sardinia where full-scale operations were carried out to control Anopheles labranchiae to control malaria. In the Italian campaign, the number of cases of malaria fell from 78,173 in 1944 to 44 in 1950. This led to WHO launching a Global Malaria Eradication Programme in […]

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Cardamom – A crop cannot run away from its problems

Cardamom – A crop cannot run away from its problems

| July 3, 2016

When crops are taken from one continent to another, their pests and diseases eventually catch up with them. When there is no research capacity to respond, the farmers can have serious problems. Guatemala is poised on the edge of a disaster with cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum),a spice crop which has been grown in the Central American […]

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Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas

| July 3, 2016

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

| July 3, 2016

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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