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Any beer will do as slugs reject Cava

Any beer will do as slugs reject Cava

A nationwide experiment carried out in the UK has revealed that the old myth of slugs being attracted to beer is in fact true, with lager and bitter proving to be the most effective drinks for successfully trapping those pesky garden pests. Up and down the country members of horticultural charity, Garden Organic, have been […]

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International News in Brief – Company news

International News in Brief – Company news

Staff changes at ICB Pharma ICB Pharma has announced it has a new Head of Pest Innovations Department; after one and a half years as the Head of Marketing, Krzysztof Pekala has taken on the additional responsibilities of this new role. The company’s strategy for 2020-2023 and the expected rapid development of the Innovations department […]

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2nd International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

2nd International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Tencent, will organise the 2nd International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge in which multidisciplinary teams from around the world will use artificial intelligence to remotely produce vegetables. The goal is to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can produce greenhouse grown vegetables more efficiently and effectively. In the future more greenhouses will […]

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Public Health

Preliminary tests to validate the effectiveness of the Inpest pheromone dispenser patch

Preliminary tests to validate the effectiveness of the Inpest pheromone dispenser patch

Monitoring traps are often used to catch certain species of stored product insect pests and in these traps a pheromone attractant is used to lure the insects. Once attracted, a sticky board or bucket captures the insect. In the case of stored product moths, the pheromones are sex attractants which attract only males of the […]

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How climate change is creating a global pest problem

How climate change is creating a global pest problem

Rentokil Steritech have identified climate change as a factor that is accelerating the damages caused by pests, which could result in a wider spread of infectious diseases, increased crop destruction, extensive electrical damage and food safety issues. As most pests are more prevalent in warmer climates, the impact of an increasing temperature could be potentially […]

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The day of the jackal and a wolf in dogs’ clothing?

The day of the jackal and a wolf in dogs’ clothing?

French shepherds are angry about EU laws stop them from killing the wolves, which are attacking their sheep, especially since they claim to have evidence showing most of these canine predators are hybrid animals arising from cross breeding between wolves and domestic dogs. Such animals they say can be legally shot and killed without the […]

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Agriculture

Smartphone app is the farmer’s newest weapon in crop protection

Smartphone app is the farmer’s newest weapon in crop protection

Scientists are creating a new smartphone app to help farmers and growers tackle the pests destroying their crops, and it could soon have a major impact on the way information about the natural world is gathered, stored and accessed worldwide. The team of researchers from the University of Lincoln, UK, is designing and building the […]

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DNA scan crop failure solution is a UK first

DNA scan crop failure solution is a UK first

In a UK first, a pioneering scientific research company has introduced a new way for growers to test their plants and crops for harmful fungi and bacteria, allowing action to be taken before it’s too late. Eurofins Agro UK has introduced scientific testing to the UK which can detect an issue before it becomes visible, […]

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The first isopropanol-azole is introduced to the market

The first isopropanol-azole is introduced to the market

Farmers face many challenges in managing their farms profitably, including fewer products available to address increasing resistance. This reduction stems from steadily tightening regulations and the difficulty of finding new active ingredients. BASF’s fungicide innovation Revysol® is the first isopropanol-azole being introduced to the market. This makes its approval in the EU an important milestone […]

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Forestry-Plantation

First ever plantain resistant to banana streak virus

First ever plantain resistant to banana streak virus

Using the gene editing tool CRISPR, a team of scientists at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has announced that they have developed banana and plantain varieties that are resistant to banana streak virus (BSV). BSV is hampering the crop’s production in Africa and threatening the food and income of millions of farmers. BSV […]

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A tale of two squirrels

A tale of two squirrels

The two species of squirrel resident in the United Kingdom (UK) are Sciurus vulgaris (native European Red Squirrel) and Sciurus carolinensis (North American Eastern Grey Squirrel), the latter introduced as a fashionable addition to estates in the 1870’s. Its population of 2.5 million is spread over most of the UK and dwarves the 140,000 native […]

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World Pest Awareness Day

World Pest Awareness Day

The 6th June 2017 has been declared World Pest Awareness Day to serve as a reminder of how professional pest management helps protect our quality of life. Three global pest management associations; The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers’ Association (FAOPMA) and the @NationalPestManagementAssn (USA), have […]

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Special Features

The future evolution of pest control

The future evolution of pest control

Organized pest control has a long history that dates to 4000 BC when the first ever pest control solution – sulphur – was used in ancient Sumer to keep insects away from crops. Since then, pest control has seen steady progress, from botanical products used as fungicides for seed treatments in China, to professional “rat-catchers” […]

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Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas

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

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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Horticulture-Amenity

Natural weapon used by marigolds

Natural weapon used by marigolds

Scientists have revealed for the first time the natural weapon used by marigolds to protect tomato plants against destructive whiteflies. Researchers from Newcastle University’s School of Natural and Environmental Sciences carried out a study to prove what gardeners around the world have known for generations – marigolds repel tomato whiteflies. Publishing their findings in the […]

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More sustainable tea production in India

More sustainable tea production in India

CABI scientists have revealed that India’s tea – which accounts for around 27 percent of the world’s tea production – could be protected from devastating crop pests with more environmentally friendly and sustainable biological controls rather than an over reliance on pesticides. As part of research funded by Unilever and working with partners including the […]

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Development of fruit fly control strategies

Development of fruit fly control strategies

The Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae) constitutes one of the key pests of citrus, being the target of many IPM programs around the Mediterranean Sea. This species has a great ability to disperse, to use alternative hosts and displays a great developmental plasticity allowing it to survive most of the year, contributing […]

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Other Recent Articles

Zia Siddiqi – Technical Consultant

Zia Siddiqi – Technical Consultant

| April 25, 2020

Zia Siddiqi, with 40-years’ experience in Urban, Industrial, and Public Pest Management having worked in various countries is serving as a Senior Subject Matter Expert at ServDay Software System, and NEHA’s Technical Advisor for the Vector Control/Zoonotic Diseases section. He belongs to several scientific and industrial organizations and has been the past Director of Entomological […]

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Dini Miller – Technical Consultant

Dini Miller – Technical Consultant

| April 25, 2020

Dini M. Miller, is a Professor at the Virginia Tech, and the Urban Pest Management Specialist for the state of Virginia. An internationally recognised expert in the area of urban pest management, particularly German cockroach and bed bug biology, behaviour and control. She has produced several bed bug action plans and published one of the […]

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Partho Dhang – Technical Consultant

Partho Dhang – Technical Consultant

| April 25, 2020

Partho Dhang, earned his Ph.D. from university of Madras in India. He is a zoologist, entomologist consultant, author and entrepreneur. He is a prolific writer in scientific world and also a regular speaker in international conferences around the world. He has written and edited four books with CABI. He also serves as an adjudicator for […]

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Fabio Castello – Technical Consultant

Fabio Castello – Technical Consultant

| April 25, 2020

Fabio Castello, a biologist who now trains managers in pest control strategies and integrated pest management as applied to vector control programs including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, Mayaro, filariasis, West Nile virus, malaria, leptospirosis, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, Chagas disease and onchocerciasis. Over 14 years of experience in running and managing a private pest control business and three […]

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Jackie Wales – Assistant Editor

Jackie Wales – Assistant Editor

| April 25, 2020

Jackie Wales, after studying Environmental Biology at York and Applied Entomology at Imperial College Jackie began her career as a London borough technical officer, getting involved in contaminated land investigation before spending nearly 20 years as an environmental consultant rising to project team manager, developing proof-reading and sub-editing skills along the way. She has undertaken […]

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