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International Pest Control – March/April 2023 – Vol 65, Nr.2

| April 6, 2023

COVER IMAGE:UNIPRO 40-T ULV Aerosol Generator at Tully Nurseries.
Picture by Peter Ruigrok

With fewer pesticides available – either because they have been withdrawn or banned or because of pest resistance – a new approach based on targeting genes may be both selective and a way of avoiding the build-up of resistance, but we are still a long way from the field! We look at research to silence genes in white flies and aphids.

Searching for a biological control solution for Drosophila suzukii – this pest of Japanese origin is now widespread in the Americas and Europe – at the University of Salamanca, they are looking for repellent molecules to keep the pest away from the crop.

Back to genes and a four-year Pest Genome Initiative by a consortium of Rothamsted Research, Syngenta and Bayer is hoped to help speed up the development of novel pest control approaches and overcome resistance with more nature-friendly solutions. It seems resistance and the impact of pest control measures is top of everyone’s list!

Meanwhile in the stately homes of the National Trust pests are not having a good year with Tineola bisselliella populations down nearly 40% on 2021. It could have been because the UK’s summer of 2021 was too hot and too dry – a one off or climate change in action?

Our “Bug of the Issue” is the rice weevil, Sitophillus oryzae, and our resident expert gives you all the information you need to identify this pest and keep it under control.

Lots of action in Association and Society News; FAOPMA Pest Summit, International Conference on Urban Pests, Conference on the Management of the Diamondback moth, Pestworld 2023, and finally the XIII European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference. We are spoilt for choice.

Company news is as busy as ever; new appointments, and numerous announcements from Microsoft, Bayer, Biobest, BASF, Eurofins, Mitsui, Andermatt, JT Eaton, Kimitec, ADAMA, Oerth Bio and M2i Group.

Then comes our Special Feature with contributions from our technical consultants Prof Graham Matthews and Dr Parth Dhang as well as a look at the use of fogging rather than spraying for pest control in glasshouses, new technology from BASF and more smart sprayer integration from John Deere. The role of IT, GPS and ultimately AI, is set to grow in this sector and hopefully reduce the use of pesticides while improving the control of pests.

In our subsequent regular sections, we look at a new rodent bait, using pregnant women to track malaria, plant pathogens and plant genes, a viru s that may help control Fusarium in wheat and adaption to climate change in the African bean industry.

Syngenta believes it has a solution to protect the UK from the box tree caterpillar – which will come as a relief to those with ornate box tree gardens. Gene editing is being used to find a way to control fruit fly to make all the offspring sterile.

Dr Terry Mabbett looks at the impact of climate change on city trees, as well as considering the impact of soluble calcium on coffee bean yield. In grapes the problem is too much copper which can affect the quality of the wine – apparently silicon can help.

In our next issue we will be looking at “Invasive Pests and their Control” so if you have some interesting research to communicate or want to report on a new use for an old technology, please let us know.

Chris Endacott, Editor International Pest Control magazine
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Contents International Pest Control March/April 2023
Volume 65, Number 2.


  • Controlling insect pests by targeting acquired genes
  • Natural repellents to curb the invasive red fruit fly
  • Genome boost for nature-friendly pest control
  • ‘Surprising’ clothes moths slump of nearly 40% across National Trust
  • New partnership to improve global nutrition and food security
  • Plantwise training materials for plant doctors


  • Rice weevil (Sitophilus oryzae)


  • 2023 FAOPMA Pest Summit
  • Next International Conference on Urban Pests
  • Ninth International Conference on Management of the Diamondback Moth
  • NPTA – John Hope
  • PestWorld 2023
  • The XIII European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference


  • New Global Business Development Director at Inzecto
  • Microsoft and Bayer scaling sustainability
  • New lead for Biobest’s biopesticides team
  • BASF invests in WayBeyond
  • New test for potato residues
  • Andermatt Romania has a new CEO
  • Mitsui acquire a share of C&B Agri Enterprises
  • New Venture Launched
  • Dale Baker named President of JT Eaton
  • Bayer and Kimitec join forces
  • New Head of Development at ADAMA UK
  • Bayer AG has new CEO
  • Oerth Bio and Bayer collaboration to advance innovation
  • M2i Group products to be distributed by Bayer
  • New Country Business Manager for BASF UK

SPECIAL FEATURE: Advances in Application Technology

  • Water formulation – the root of the problem?
  • Fogging: Increasing efficiency and productivity
  • Smart Spraying Solution
  • Applying pesticides safely
  • John Deere announces integration
  • Integrated mosquito management


  • Monitoring Paste to detect early signs of rodent activity
  • Pregnant women help track malaria and mosquitoes


  • Herbicide treatment with high-performance sensors
  • Plant protection of the future
  • Virus undercuts fungus’s attacks on wheat
  • East Africa’s bean industry adapts to climate change


  • Strategy to protect the UK from box tree caterpillars
  • Copying nature to resist viruses
  • Improvements in gene editing could aid pest management


  • Climate bears down on city trees
  • Silicon linked to lower copper levels in wine grapes
  • Soluble calcium boosts coffee yield, the bean & the brew
  • Controlling the invasive Brazilian peppertree
  • Bats protect young trees from insect damage


  • Upcoming pest control events

Published in International Pest Control – March/April 2023 issue.



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