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International Pest Control – May/June 2020 – Vol 62, Nr3

| June 16, 2020

Cover Image – NEWPHARM® Group has focused its efforts on producing a range of disinfectants with virucidal activity for use in any environment.
Picture by NEWPHARM®

In the middle of any crisis many people reach for a cup of tea. And while we were all locked down the FAO marked the first International Tea Day – virtually. Tea is a product used by millions and its production touches many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals including the fight against extreme poverty, against hunger and for the empowerment of women. And by holding the event “virtually” another SDG – climate change – was also addressed.

What a time to launch a new programme; within days of the CASA Africa launch the Covid shutdown began. Programme partners were forced into lockdown and it looked like the programme had stalled but, turning crisis into opportunity, CASA has sought ways of helping growers access the opportunities the shutdown has created and, in particular, new ways to market.

The US EPA has given the go-ahead to field test genetically engineered mosquitoes to control Zika and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Male mosquitoes, genetically modified to carry a protein that will inhibit the survival of their female offspring when they mate with wild female mosquitoes, will be released at trial sites in Florida and Texas.

And the “Finally” of our News section is the development of a designer wheat for whisky which has low levels of soluble fibres which cause sticky residues requiring regular cleaning of equipment. I think this means you can make more whisky which is fine by me.

Stored products pests are our Special Feature, and we kick off with a look at managing stored pests in a commercial establishment and the need for joined up control throughout the food chain. We then see how UV light traps can be used to trap and monitor stored pests before considering a new solution for the control of insect pests based on a well-established natural insecticide and a new solvent.

New for this issue is a section on Covid-19. We kick off with the results of a survey conducted by one of our technical consultants, Dr Partho Dhang. The concern that pests will flourish in empty premises and with restricted control measures is taken up by Sandy Mackay from PelGar. For those of us living in countries with government funded financial support the situation of the world poor is frightening and humbling. The funding the International Fund for Agricultural Development needs seems remarkably small (US$40 million) when compared to the vast amounts already spent. Tunnel disinfection comes under the spotlight as does the public engagement with science with Bayer funding research to support a better understanding of how we build public confidence in science.

The agriculture section takes us from Bath, to Bonn and then on to Bern – if your university didn’t begin with a B then you didn’t get published! But it’s all interesting research which covers bees, biodiversity and biomass. The gene that confers resistance in blackgrass has been turned on and off by researchers at Rothamsted, improving our understanding of why this is such a “successful” weed.

Horticulture is covered in this issue with a review of Anthracnose disease of papaya while in the Forestry section Dr Terry Mabbett takes a look at Nutmeg nutrition and its effect on disease as well as providing an update on OPM – oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea).

A big thank you to all our contributors who have been coping with their own Covid problems but have still found the time to write. We have an open door for new and interesting articles: about 1400 words, two or three high resolution pictures, data for graphs in Excel or similar. Next issue’s special subject is Technology in Pest Control.

Chris Endacott, Editor International Pest Control magazine
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Contents International Pest Control May/June 2020
Volume 62, Number 3.


  • The world celebrates International Tea Day.
  • Efforts to control desert locusts will take time.
  • Hybrid fungicide registered in Chile.
  • Launch of the CASA programme – then Covid-19.
  • Sunfire® launch is scheduled for autumn 2020.
  • OFC launches free monthly ‘bitesize’ webinars.
  • Syngenta announces TYMIRIUMTM technology brand.
  • Genetically engineered Aedes aegypti.
  • Syngenta and Novozymes launch unique biofungicide.
  • …And Finally…Designer wheat for whisky distillers.


  • CEPA call for collaboration with EU authorities.
  • Cancellations and postponement announcements.
  • Report on the future of crop protection in Europe launched.


  • NEWPHARM® responds to the coronavirus crisis…read more

SPECIAL FEATURE – Managing Storage Pests.

  • Stored products pest management: Case studies – Dr Zia Siddiqi.
  • Using UV light traps to capture stored product pests – Dr Partho Dhang.
  • An innovative organic disinfestation solution – Stefano Cherubin.


  • Covid: Opportunity or loss to the pest control industry – Dr Partho Dhang.
  • Pests set to flourish during the coronavirus outbreak – Sandy Mackay.
  • IFAD fund launched to help prevent rural food crisis – IFAD.
  • Disinfection tunnels are ineffective against Covid-19 – Raja Mahendran.
  • Bayer supports Harvard research – Bayer.
  • Further pressure for olive oil market – Copa and Cogeca.


  • ‘Attract and Kill’ – a sustainable strategy` – Dr Hassan Nayem and Dr Sarra Bouagga.
  • Insects: species that prefer crops prosper – Prof. Stuart Reynolds.
    Dramatic loss of food plants for insects – University of Bonn.
  • Researchers prospect for purple-pigmented bacterium – USDA Office of Communications.
  • Effect of increase in nitrogen application on grasslands – University of Bern.
  • Scientists make gene breakthrough in fight against weeds – Rothamsted Research.
  • Novel chemistry protects crops – University of Exeter.


  • Anthracnose disease of papaya and its control – Dr Terry Mabbett.


  • Nutmeg nutrition and disease deterrence – Dr Terry Mabbett.
    UK countrywide interceptions: new dimensions to OPM – Dr Terry Mabbett.
    Dogs trained to detect oak wilt, invasive species – Krishna Ramanujan


  • Upcoming pest control events


Published in International Pest Control – May/June 2020 issue.

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