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International Pest Control – March/April 2020 – Vol 62, Nr.2

| April 16, 2020

COVER IMAGE: Wageningen University and Research’s all-electric, climate-neutral demonstration greenhouse funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
Picture by Photostudio Gerard-Jan Vlekke / Fotovak

Little did we know, as some of us celebrated the 2020 New Year, that a virus had already infected at least 260 people in China and would, three months later, have infected over 900,000 people and killed at least 46,000. By the time you read this those numbers will be much bigger and many more of the world’s citizens will have died prematurely. I hope you can stay safe and are adhering to the best scientific guidance available, even if your government isn’t.

Putting this issue together has not been straightforward; our own office in Shrewsbury was impacted by flooding in February and then it became clear that a much bigger problem was going to disrupt our normal life. Some articles we were expecting have not materialised as our contributors around the world have adjusted to the situation. Nonetheless, we have filled this issue and hope you find it an interesting read over the next few days.

The repositioning of big companies like Bayer and their realignment with “Sustainability” seems genuine enough and the reported combination of alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, investment in a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in Arizona and increasing transparency of safety studies are all laudable developments. BASF has launched its new insecticide in the Australian market while Oxitec announced the release of a self-limiting genetically engineered diamondback moth.

We report on what may be one of the last pest trade shows in the UK for a long time and the announcements of international events which have already been cancelled.

This issue’s special subject is climate change; we consider its impact on the future of the industry and the nature of pest problems we will have to deal with, how some plants may have a strategy to survive climate change, why our choice of crops may have to change, how South Asian farmers are having to adapt, why we might face more insect invasions, what a climate neutral greenhouse looks like and whether temperature increases will impact soil seed banks.

One of our new team of Technical Consultants, Dr Partho Dhang, reports on the Pacific Rim Termite Conference. In Agriculture we cover a range of issues from biological control of FAW to plants fighting off insect attack with chemicals that could in future be used to prime crops to defend themselves against herbivores.

Drones are being deployed to fight the East Africa locust swarms – an invasion that increasingly looks like it too is a problem linked to climate change. Drones also figure in University of Florida work to detect tomato diseases in the field and establish the stage of development thereby ensuring prompt and targeted treatment.

Plant nutrition can be a way of beating disease in banana crops according to Technical Consultant Dr Terry Mabbett who looks at how foliar sprays seem to be improving yield in a crop under threat from fungal pathogens against which single-site action fungicides are increasingly ineffective.

The role of earwigs, and earwig refuges, in pest control is considered in full by Dr Nayem Hassan of Russell Bio Solutions. Finally, we look at the future for the Sweet Chestnut in the UK, another tree species under threat from a range of pathogens.

Lots to read as you while away the time in enforced isolation. And don’t forget; if you’re stuck at home and have always wanted to write an article on a pest control topic now is your chance. About 1200 to 2000 words, good quality pictures and graphs / charts as Excel files is what we need. Next issue our special subject area is “Managing Storage Pests” – all contributions welcome! And do stay well.

Chris Endacott, Editor International Pest Control magazine
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Contents International Pest Control March/April 2020
Volume 62, Number 2.


  • Bayer focuses on sustainability and transparency.
  • Glyphosate gets all clear from EPA.
  • First registration for BASF insecticide Broflanilide.
  • First release of genetically engineered moth.
  • Tetramethrin reclassification.
  • OROGANIC is launched in The Netherlands


  • Record visitor numbers at PPC Live 2020.
  • Cancellations and postponement announcements


  • New owners for Pest publications.
  • Andermatt Iberia – new subsidiary Andermatt Group

SPECIAL FEATURE – Impact of Climate Change on Pest Management.

  • Will climate change influence urban pest control? – Partho Dhang, PhD.
  • The brewing storm – Alex Wade.
  • Rule breaking plants may be climate change survivors – University of Queensland.
  • Adaptation: rice out coarse grains in – International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences.
  • Farmers face up to climate risks in South Asia – Dr Sanjeet Bagcchi.
  • Changes in weather could lead to more insect invasions – Esther Ndumi Ngumbi.
  • Climate-neutral demonstration greenhouse opened – Wageningen University & Research.
  • Soil seed banks tested by climate change – Zoe Gentes.


  • Pacific Rim Termite Research Group Conference in Taipei – Partho Dhang, PhD.


  • Under-sown clovers susceptible to Sitona weevils – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • Cultural control of black-grass in UK cereal crops – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • Net closes on viable biological control for FAW menace – Wayne Coles.
  • Aromas from plants can be a response to insect attack – Anthony King.
  • Smart drones to battle against East Africa locust swarms – Nita Bhalla.
  • New tool promotes safer products to fight crop pests – CABI.
  • New camera cuts crop disease detection cost.
  • Clover can save canola from ‘rape’ by flea beetle – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • Drones detect two tomato diseases with 99% accuracy – University of Florida.


  • Manipulation of plant nutrition to beat banana diseases – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • A sustainable approach to control top fruit pests – Dr. Nayem Hassan.
  • UK grown sweet chestnut – origins and uncertain future – Dr Terry Mabbett.


  • The UK Pesticide Guide 2020 – Graham Matthews.
  • Achieving sustainable urban agriculture – Graham Matthews.


  • Upcoming pest control events


Published in International Pest Control – March/April 2020 issue.

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