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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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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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