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Biorational solutions to fruit fly species of economic importance

Biorational solutions to fruit fly species of economic importance

| August 22, 2014

The Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata is ranked as the most economically important fruit fly worldwide. In Mediterranean countries alone, the economic impact is estimated at US$192m. In Tunisia its presence causes up to 50% yield losses of peaches, with quality losses estimated at US$0.52m in 2009. The second species of highest significance is the […]

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Biologicals: A stronger case for permanent status in the IPM program

Biologicals: A stronger case for permanent status in the IPM program

| August 22, 2014

The rotation of different active ingredients with different modes of action is a paramount tactic to prevent insecticide resistance (Civolani et al. 2014). Integrated pest management (IPM) programs emphasize the use of multiple tactics (chemical, biological, mechanical, etc.) to control pest populations. While combining these tactics can provide sustainable and efficacious pest suppression, many insecticides […]

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Company Profile…LAM International paradigm shift: developing  the next generation of biopesticides

Company Profile…LAM International paradigm shift: developing the next generation of biopesticides

| August 19, 2014

LAM International, the USA parent corporation of Laverlam International and Mycotech in Butte, Montana, specializes in the research, field development and commercialization of biopesticides for the global agricultural pest market. The company sells its products through as network of distributors, which include several multinationals, in more than thirty countries, spread across five continents. Actively expanding […]

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Testing the Goodnature E2 Rodent Trap in Tata Steel Zoological Park, India

Testing the Goodnature E2 Rodent Trap in Tata Steel Zoological Park, India

| July 25, 2014

There are 4000 species of mammals, of which about 1700 are rodents. However not all rodent species are commensal pests. About 150 species have been defined as a commensal at some time or another, though only 20 could be termed important in connection with post-harvest losses. The number of species occurring in and around human […]

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Reducing the incidence of malaria: Are we adopting the right approach?

Reducing the incidence of malaria: Are we adopting the right approach?

| April 30, 2014

Once indoor residual spraying (IRS) was considered to be the answer for the control of the malaria vector, Anopheline mosquitoes, as it drastically reduced the number of cases of malaria, when DDT was applied to wall surfaces. When the mosquito vectors became resistant to DDT, the policy of IRS was dropped and eventually replaced by […]

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Vaccine offers new mode of protection against malaria

Vaccine offers new mode of protection against malaria

| April 27, 2014

A novel malaria vaccine developed at Oxford University has shown promising results in the first clinical trial to test whether it can protect people against the mosquito-borne disease. The trial was carried out in Oxford by researchers led by Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, along with colleagues from the biotechnology […]

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Exploring the world of disease vectors in London

Exploring the world of disease vectors in London

| December 22, 2013

In October 2012, the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases hosted ISNTD Bites, the  first parasitology and vector-control conference to showcase and discuss major issues surrounding vector evolution and control methods. To continue on the momentum of this event the second ISNTD Bites, a year on, provided emphasis on disease & vector surveillance methods and […]

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