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Development of fruit fly control strategies

Development of fruit fly control strategies

| May 11, 2018

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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Managing SWD – a fly of mass destruction

Managing SWD – a fly of mass destruction

| May 9, 2018

There are approximately 1,500 known species in the genus Drosophila. Although sometimes called fruit flies, true fruit flies belong to the family Tephritidae and are larger in size. The majority of Drosophila flies are associated with rotten or over-ripened fruits and are nuisance pests. However, a few species such as the Spotted-Wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila […]

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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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The makings of a turf weed

The makings of a turf weed

| July 4, 2016

Professional turf is a close-knit grass sward with seemingly few openings and opportunities for invasion by weeds, but a surprisingly large number of plant species continue to invade, establish and grow. Turf weed achievement is governed by a range botanical attributes alongside breaches in turf integrity that allow these dicotyledonous (broad leaved) plants to exploit […]

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Managing weeds on railway lines

Managing weeds on railway lines

| July 4, 2016

The Weedfree-on-Track Spray Train was created with environmental sustainability at the forefront of its design. In an ever demanding market where companies are being driven to reduce their carbon footprint and become ‘greener’, the spray train was designed to not only achieve current demands, but to also be future proof for an ever evolving market. […]

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Using pesticides in amenity areas

Using pesticides in amenity areas

| July 3, 2016

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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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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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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Biology, Ecology and Management of the Longhorn Date Palm Stem Borer <em> Jebusaea Hammerschmidti </em> (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Biology, Ecology and Management of the Longhorn Date Palm Stem Borer Jebusaea Hammerschmidti (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

| March 4, 2015

Phoenix dactylifera, the date palm, is a multipurpose crop with high economic value. There are over 100 million date palms worldwide of which, 60% are in the Arab world. The date palm stem-borer (DPB) Jebusea hammerschmidti (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) is an important pest of date palm in the Middle East, North Africa and India. The beetle […]

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The efficacy of SPLAT lures in mass trapping the coconut beetle, <em>Oryctes rhinocerous</em>

The efficacy of SPLAT lures in mass trapping the coconut beetle, Oryctes rhinocerous

| August 5, 2014

The Coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a pest which attacks the developing fronds of coconut, oil palm, and other landscape and decorative palms in Asia. Damaged fronds show typical triangular cuts. The beetle has the capacity to kill palm trees, particularly newly planted ones, when the growing point is destroyed by feeding. The larvae […]

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