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International Pest Control – November/December 2019 – Vol 61, Nr.6

| December 1, 2019

UK SFM Technology working to create a RootWave product for the clearance of weeds either side of bush and cane fruit crops.
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Malaria still kills 435,000 people every year – 90% of them in Africa – and preventing these deaths as well as the suffering caused by 219 million cases of malaria each year has been the focus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for many years. Its latest initiative is to facilitate the supply of 35 million mosquito nets at a reduced price in the expectation that they will help avert millions of cases of the disease.

The EU has announced its “20 most wanted” quarantine pests. The list has been drawn up using a tool that allows the impact to be measured across a range of parameters. In Africa Bayer has been busy implementing a sustainable crop production system for smallholders that has led to significant yield increases. CDC is focusing on acute febrile illnesses to better understand their spread. In the UK tick-borne encephalitis virus has been detected for the first time. FAOPMA have had another successful Summit in Daejeon, Korea while the IWSS has announced its 2020 Congress will be in Bangkok next June.

Our focus in this issue is on Weed Management and we kick off with a review of the genetics behind herbicide resistance which, it turns out, has much in common with antibiotic resistance in bacteria and drug resistance in human tumour cells. This discovery has led to the possibility that the same strategies could be used to combat herbicide resistance. Prof Matthews asks if growers get enough information to ensure their applications are successful while Wayne Coles from CABI updates us on the fight against parthenium. One alternative to herbicides is electricity and we get an update on the Root Wave product which kills weeds by zapping them. We look at how the University of Toronto is tracking invasive weeds and how UAVs may soon revolutionize weed management.

The malaria parasite and its behaviour has been mapped for the first time by researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Their Malaria Cell Atlas is the most accurate view of malaria gene expression to date. In Brazil researchers believe they have discovered a new species of leishmaniasis that goes some way to explain different lethality rates.

Soil microbiome is the focus of researchers from the University of York, the Netherlands and China who have discovered why plant pathogens that are found in most crops do not always cause disease. Dr Terry Mabbett talks us through disease control in onion crops and the best method of application, which for onions turns out to be controlled droplets.

We report on an interesting trial of biorationals in Spain. Carried out by Certis Spain the objective of the trial was to significantly reduce the number of chemicals used to control pests and eliminate residues at harvest. In its first year the regime has achieved good control but still has some residues from the small number of agrochemicals used. It is a three-year programme so hopefully we can give you an update next year.

Dr Terry Mabbett asks if the phenology of the oak tree is compromising OPM control and comes to the conclusion that during spring re-foliation the rapid growth and expansion of sprayed, newly emerged leaves appears to be leaving oak trees woefully unprotected against OPM.

Finally, take a look at our programme for 2020 and let me know if you feel you can contribute. We kick off the new year with a special on Pests in the Hospitality Industry; contributions are welcome. We wish our readers a Happy Christmas (if you celebrate it) and look forward to bringing you more issues of International Pest Control in its 62nd year – 2020.

Chris Endacott, Editor International Pest Control magazine
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Contents International Pest Control November/December 2019
Volume 61, Number 6.


  • Innovative mosquito nets for malaria-endemic countries.
  • Europe’s 20 most unwanted.
  • Yields more than doubled during 4-year project.
  • CDC study to track infectious diseases.
  • Tick-borne encephalitis virus detected in ticks in the UK.
  • IPM to fight Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda).
  • Climate shocks and food insecurity in Southern Africa.
  • …And finally… WLTM: 176-year-old seeking significant other for long term experiment.

Company news

    • Biobest strengthens their technical team with new Director.
    • Andermatt Biocontrol becomes majority shareholder in ABiTEP.
    • Killgerm Group acquires Milluck.
    • New general manager at Russell IPM.
    • New face at Bayer Environmental Science.
    • BASF Agriculture aims for 50% increase in sales by 2030.
    • Syngenta commits $2 billion to climate change targets.
    • Biobest and VekstMiljø acquire a majority stake in Pollinering.


  • FAOPMA-Pest Summit 2019.
  • International Weed Science Congress 2020.
  • Pest Management Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarships.

SPECIAL FEATURE – Weed Management.

  • New technologies to combat herbicide resistance – Prof. Rob Edwards.
  • Herbicide labels: Do users get enough information? – Prof Graham Matthews.
  • Getting a grip on one of the world’s toughest weeds – Wayne Coles.
  • Umbelliferous weed species cause problems for farmers – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • A scalable alternative to herbicides – Andrew Diprose.
  • Biologists track the invasion of herbicide-resistant weeds – University of Toronto.
  • Just weeks left to buy banned sugar beet herbicide – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • UAVs may soon revolutionize weed management – WSSA.


  • Map of malaria behaviour set to revolutionize research –
    Wellcome Sanger Institute.
  • Tick testing program – Upstate Medical University.
  • New parasite species identified in leishmaniasis case – São Paulo Research Foundation.
  • Unlocking eastern red cedar’s potential against pests – Sandra Avant.


  • Soil microbiome linked to disease resistance in crops – Plantwise Blog & University of York.
  • Closed transfer system technology for European farmers.
  • Foliar application for disease control in onions – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • New Pest Risk Analysis Tool to improve biosecurity – CABI.


  • Biorational alternatives for leaf vegetables in Spain – Laurence Gutiérrez.


  • Is oak tree phenology compromising OPM control? – Dr Terry Mabbett.
    Xylella disease in olive trees – first report from France – Dr Terry Mabbett.
    Helping protect the world’s trees and forests – CABI.


  • Upcoming pest control events

Published in International Pest Control – November/December 2019 issue.

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