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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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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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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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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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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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Barriers to the adoption of GM crops

Barriers to the adoption of GM crops

| May 3, 2016

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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Refuge-in-the-Bag Strategy for Managing Insect Resistance to BT Maize

Refuge-in-the-Bag Strategy for Managing Insect Resistance to BT Maize

| February 9, 2016

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a common soil-dwelling bacterium, which can produce insecticidal proteins. Most of these Bt proteins are specifically toxic to some insect pests. Sprayable Bt insecticide formulations have been used for control of agricultural and health pests for many years, especially in organic farming. Bt insecticides are considered safe to the environment, people, […]

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Perspective: Consider Removing ‘Inherited’ from Definitions of Pesticide Resistance

Perspective: Consider Removing ‘Inherited’ from Definitions of Pesticide Resistance

| February 9, 2016

When an organism that had previously been controlled by a treatment is no longer controlled by that treatment, the grower considers the organism to be resistant. If equally susceptible pests were controlled in the same field, with the same treatment, I would consider that grower is correct, but this may not be the case due […]

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Dust Emission from Pesticide Treated Seeds During Seed Drilling

Dust Emission from Pesticide Treated Seeds During Seed Drilling

| February 9, 2016

Dressing seeds with pesticides is a widespread and effective way to control pests using smaller doses with potentially less harmful side effects. The technology also makes it possible to combine different applications into only one sowing procedure, helping to reduce the use of fuel, the risks of soil erosion and compression, and thus assisting low […]

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