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

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

| April 7, 2019

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

| April 7, 2019

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

| April 4, 2019

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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Celebrating 60 years – Matthews’s memoires 1 (1950’s-60’s)

Celebrating 60 years – Matthews’s memoires 1 (1950’s-60’s)

| May 8, 2018

The year before International Pest Control magazine was first published, I graduated from Imperial College in 1957. On the day the results came out, I was on a one-man expedition travelling to West Africa on an Elder Dempster cargo ship, the m.v. Ebani. This was the idea of Geoffrey Brett, at the Ministry of Agriculture, […]

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Advances in Precision Farming Technologies for Crop Protection

Advances in Precision Farming Technologies for Crop Protection

| August 31, 2017

Precision farming involves the collection of data by observation and measurement, and the subsequent response. Sensing is key to the collection of data; whether this is remote from space by satellites, by aircraft or drones, or by proximal sensors used on the ground, mounted on vehicles or otherwise. Responses are increasingly automated and data are […]

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Integrated Management of Soybean Pests: The Example of Brazil

Integrated Management of Soybean Pests: The Example of Brazil

| August 31, 2017

Soybean [Glycine max] is the most commercialized agricultural product in Brazil, which stands out in the world ranking as the second largest producer of this protein and oilseed crop. Cultivated throughout the country and with prospects of expanding into the North and Northeast, it has become the most important commodity in Brazilian agribusiness. Among the […]

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World Pest Awareness Day

World Pest Awareness Day

| June 6, 2017

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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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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