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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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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 […]

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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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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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Some Aspects of Designing and Developing Higher Performing Hydraulic nozzles for Ground Crop Sprayers in the UK

Some Aspects of Designing and Developing Higher Performing Hydraulic nozzles for Ground Crop Sprayers in the UK

| September 11, 2015

Personal involvement in application research prior to developing higher performing nozzles For over 20 years as Application Specialist for Ciba-Geigy UK Ltd, a significant part of my job included field trials with Ciba-Geigy products applied with novel application techniques supplied by equipment manufacturers. If the new technique showed some advantage and was at least as […]

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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

| September 11, 2015

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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Perspectives on Crop Protection in India

Perspectives on Crop Protection in India

| August 19, 2015

Introduction India is an agrarian country with more than 60% of its population directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture which contributes nearly 18% to country’s GDP. Ensuring food security for a population of more than 1.27 billion with diminishing cultivable land resource is a herculean task. The green revolution technologies helped the country to increase […]

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Brazilian Soybean Pest Management and Threats to Its Sustainability

Brazilian Soybean Pest Management and Threats to Its Sustainability

| August 19, 2015

Introduction Brazil is expected to harvest 198.65 million tons of grain in 2014/15 in an area of 57.08 million hectares and soybean stands out as the main crop sown. The cultivated soybean area has nearly tripled in the last 20 years, up from 11.6 million hectares in 1994/95 to 31.3 million hectares in 2014/15 (Conab, […]

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