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Any beer will do as slugs reject Cava

Any beer will do as slugs reject Cava

| June 13, 2019

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

| June 13, 2019

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

| June 13, 2019

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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Bee-saving vote delayed two years

Bee-saving vote delayed two years

| June 13, 2019

On the eve of a Europe-wide day of action calling for the European Commission to protect bees from harmful pesticides, the Commission announced it will delay the implementation of new pesticide testing standards by a full two years and may revise them. SumOfUs, a movement of consumers setup to hold corporations accountable for their actions, […]

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California state glyphosate trial

California state glyphosate trial

| June 13, 2019

Bayer is disappointed with the jury’s decision in favour of Mr. and Mrs Pilliod, the plaintiffs, in the Californian Courts and it has announced that it will appeal the verdict, which Bayer claims conflicts directly with; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s interim registration review decision released just last month; the consensus among leading health regulators […]

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Not all weeds are equal

Not all weeds are equal

| June 13, 2019

Wildlife friendly refuges around the edges of farmers’ crops have been credited with slowing biodiversity declines, however, new research shows their success ultimately depends on what’s growing next to the field. Recent reported increases in some crop pollinating insects suggested the upturn was due to more UK farms creating these pesticide-free areas. However, this new […]

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Company Profile…NEWPHARM®: Novel integrated pest management solutions

Company Profile…NEWPHARM®: Novel integrated pest management solutions

| April 10, 2019

The founder, chairman and CEO of NEWPHARM®, Dr. Dionisio Bagarollo, describes the transformation of his company, as the second generation of the Bagarollo family successfully take over the top management of NEWPHARM®. Dr. Bagarollo’s career started in Ciba-Geigy, where he worked as a manager for over 30 years until the company’s merger with Sandoz Laboratories […]

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Advice from the Space Station

Advice from the Space Station

| April 8, 2019

Farmers irrigating their crops may soon be getting some help from space. In 2018, scientists launched ECOSTRESS, a new instrument now attached to the International Space Station. Its mission: to gather data on how plants use water across the world. The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) helps scientists answer three broad […]

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New sub-Saharan infectious disease surveillance program

New sub-Saharan infectious disease surveillance program

| April 4, 2019

The African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN), a project of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA) charitable foundation, has launched a significant new sub-Saharan infectious disease surveillance program. With Bayer Animal Health as the major sponsor, the program will provide novel data on the prevalence and distribution of ectoparasites and arthropod-borne infectious diseases of […]

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Striped bodypainting protects against horseflies

Striped bodypainting protects against horseflies

| January 30, 2019

A study by researchers from Sweden and Hungary has shown that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites. Among indigenous peoples who wear body-paint, the markings thus provide a certain protection against insect-borne diseases. Most indigenous communities who paint their bodies live in areas where there is an abundance of bloodsucking […]

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