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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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Staying in control

Staying in control

| July 31, 2014

The times they are a’changing are the words from a song by Bob Dylan and, without doubt, change is a fact of life. It is how we respond to it that makes the difference. In the world of weed, pest and disease control in the UK, recent policy changes and legislation, linked especially to the […]

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Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

| March 25, 2014

The invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an important pest of fruits and vegetables. To counter them, some home gardeners use pheromone-baited traps that are designed to attract, trap, and kill them. However, new research from entomologists at the University of Maryland suggests that the traps may actually increase stink bug damage to […]

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Himalayan Balsam and its control on the River Monnow in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

Himalayan Balsam and its control on the River Monnow in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

| August 1, 2013

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera is sometimes cultivated for its flowers but is now widely established in counties such as the British Isles and the United States and in some situations has become an invasive species weed. Aggressive seed dispersal, coupled with high nectar production which attracts pollinators, often allows the Himalayan Balsam to outcompete native […]

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Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

| July 3, 2013

The right combination of compounds produced by a beneficial fungus could lead to grasses that require fewer pesticides and are safer for wildlife and grazing animals, according to Purdue University scientists. Neotyphodium is a fungus called an endophyte. It lives symbiotically, feeding off many species of grasses while providing the grass with protection from insects […]

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Best practices for crane flies in turf production

Best practices for crane flies in turf production

| July 3, 2013

A new study recently published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) explains the best management practices for consideration and adoption by turf (sod) producers in the northeastern U.S. Two species of crane flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) introduced from Europe, Tipula oleracea L. and T. paludosa Meigen, have become established across portions of northeastern United […]

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Timing fungicides and PGRs to control greenhouse pests

Timing fungicides and PGRs to control greenhouse pests

| July 3, 2013

The management of pests and diseases during the production of greenhouse crops is not an isolated event. As such, interactions may occur that can have a significant impact on the success of any pest management strategy. For example, under conditions of high relative humidity (greater than 75 percent), naturally-occurring populations of beneficial or insect-killing fungi […]

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Researchers use ‘banker plants’ to help battle whitefly pests

Researchers use ‘banker plants’ to help battle whitefly pests

| July 3, 2013

A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is showing growers how to combat whiteflies and other crop pests by using plants as storehouses for predatory insects that can migrate to cash crops and feed on the pests attacking those crops. Cindy L. McKenzie, an entomologist in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Subtropical Insects Research […]

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