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Outlook on Pest Management – Vol.31, Nr 3, June 2020

| September 18, 2020

An international journal covering the management of weeds, pests and diseases through chemistry, biology and biotechnology.


The International Year of Plant HealthLeonard G. Copping.
Download Article The FAO website tells us that the United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). It continues that the year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development…Download Article.

The International Year of Plant Health 2020 – Protecting Plants, Protecting Life Ralf Lopian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, Chairperson of the IYPH International Steering Committee.
During a time when the world is in the deadly grip of a human respiratory virus, the SARS-CoV-2, many may ask why there is a need to focus on plant health when all attention and focus is needed to concentrate on measures to save the lives of potentially millions of people worldwide. The life and health of plants appear utterly insignificant in comparison to human health or live threats and yet they are intricately interwoven. Plants are enabling us to live and to exist on this planet…Download Article.

Pest Risk Management in Trade: The Opportunity from Using Integrated Combined Measures in a Systems Approach (ISPM 14)M. Megan Quinlan*, Adrian Leach, Michael Jeger and John Mumford, –  Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, Buckhurst Rd, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7PY, United Kingdom; *Corresponding author:
Systems Approach is a combination of phytosanitary measures along the production and export chain that cumulatively achieves the appropriate level of protection. After considering historic drivers, ways to increase future use are proposed, to harness the economic impetus of international trade…Download Article.

The Birth, Growth and Future of Systems Approach – An interview with Eric Jang, reported by Nelson Laville, Kenrick Witty, Ulises Garcia .
The Beyond Compliance Global team held an interview by video link with Dr Eric Jang, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS), now retired. His lab was based in Hawaii, where he continues to reside. Eric was an early advocate and one of the originators of the concepts for Systems Approach…Download Article.

Regulatory NewsDownload Article.

Using International Trade Data to Inform the Plant Health and Biosecurity Response in the UKNicola Spence and Sam Grant, Defra, London, UK.
Plants are essential for supporting human life, providing food, oxygen and medicine as well as benefits to health from interacting with nature. Plants also play a crucial role in ecosystems and in mitigating the effects of climate change. The importance of plants to humans and to the environment is gaining a higher level of attention in today’s political and social landscape…Download Article.

Operation Pollinator: Positive Action for Pollinators and Improved Biodiversity on Farm – Edited by Peter Sutton, Biodiversity Consultant, Wood Street Village, Guildford, GU3 3HA, UK. E-mail:
Operation Pollinator is an industry led initiative (see This biodiversity enhancement programme has enabled better engagement and training of farmers in the delivery of high quality wildlife habitats as part of their national agri-environment schemes (AES). This overview presents findings from farm-scale studies that have shown the type and scale of effects required to deliver such benefits on farm and across the landscape…Download Article.

Biotechnology NewsDownload Article.

The Rise of Biological Products in the Crop Protection and Plant Nutrition MarketsJonathan Shoham, Senior Consulting Analyst, Phillips McDougall 1
This article summarises the current situation with respect to Biological Control Agents (BCAs), and Biostimulants, two product groups which are growing rapidly within the crop protection (CP) and plant nutrition sectors respectively, and in which the majority of leading players and numerous smaller companies are participating…Download Article

Challenging the Formulator: Biocontrol and Conventional Crop ProtectionJim Bullock, iFormulate Ltd, describes how formulators are meeting the challenges set by todays pesticides and biocontrol agents. Website: E-mail:
Whether it is a synthetic or a biological material, the journey of an active ingredient (AI) from manufacture to its target site is a perilous one. Along the way there are numerous opportunities for the AI to be degraded, destroyed or removed. Figure 1 provides an overview of that journey. Following production of the AI, it may be vulnerable to chemical and thermal instability. Again, during formulation and on storage after manufacture, possible physical and chemical instability will need to be considered…Download Article.

R&D NewsDownload Article.

Broomrape Threat to AgricultureDiego Rubiales, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, 14004 Córdoba, Spain
The broomrapes are root parasitic weeds, a few of which have adapted to agricultural environments posing serious threats to major crops. In spite of huge efforts in management, rather than being contained, the broomrape threat is increasing, extending to new crops and new areas. Strict phytosanitary controls should therefore be enforced to prevent the inadvertent introduction into non-infected areas and its spread in infected ones…Download Article.

Company NewsDownload Article.

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