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Genetically engineered  <em>Aedes aegypti </em>

Genetically engineered  Aedes aegypti

| July 16, 2020

After extensive evaluation of the best available science and public input, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to Oxitec Ltd to field test the use of genetically engineered  Aedes aegypti  mosquitoes as a way to reduce mosquito populations to protect public health from mosquito-borne illnesses. The EPA claimed […]

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Uzbekistan declared malaria free

Uzbekistan declared malaria free

| January 30, 2019

When Uzbekistan earned WHO certification as malaria free, it was a major achievement in global health that demonstrates what is possible when partners coordinate preventive efforts, the Global Fund said today. “It’s an extraordinary outcome,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “We applaud Uzbekistan’s success, and we are delighted that the Global […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2017 issue

International news in brief – January/February 2017 issue

| April 4, 2017

Malaysia: Rentokil aims to break the mosquito life cycle Acting as Aedes Fighters, dedicated volunteers from Rentokil Initial Malaysia have worked together on a mission to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, reducing the mosquito population, and to create healthier and safer environments. This initiative is part of the organisation’s annual corporate social responsibility programme; Community Oriented […]

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Insecticide Resistance: Are We Losing the Battle to Control the Mosquito Vectors of Malaria?

Insecticide Resistance: Are We Losing the Battle to Control the Mosquito Vectors of Malaria?

| August 25, 2016

In the twenty first century malaria still holds a terrible grip on the lives of millions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. However, since the turn of the millennium there has been a 40% reduction in the incidence of clinical disease, averting an estimated 663 million clinical cases. It has been estimated that the majority of this […]

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Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

Driving integrated vector control in the global sustainable development framework

| July 15, 2016

The Aedes mosquito and other vectors of disease are currently receiving unprecedented global attention and scrutiny following recent outbreaks of infectious diseases including Zika and dengue fever and the world is looking for adequate response and a wide range of solutions to tackle these threats to global public health. Controlling these vectors successfully would not […]

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International news in brief – May/June 2016

International news in brief – May/June 2016

| June 21, 2016

USA: Billions in potential economic losses from uncontrolled weeds A team of experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) found that in the U.S. and Canada, about half of corn and soybean crops would be lost to uncontrolled weeds, costing growers about $43 billion annually. To develop their crop loss estimates, Dr. Anita […]

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Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the US

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the US

| February 5, 2016

With the recent revolution in molecular biology many desirable traits can now be engineered into in a wide range of organisms. Genetic engineering of plants and animals is becoming a standard and powerful tool to improve and protect crops and prevent diseases. Transgenic plants have driven the regulatory landscape so far, but other organisms are […]

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International news in brief – November/December 2015

International news in brief – November/December 2015

| December 9, 2015

UK: World’s largest production site for beneficial nematodes With the opening of its expanded Littlehampton, UK production site, BASF is strengthening its ability to meet the growing global demand for biological solutions for agriculture and horticulture. At this site, BASF increases its production volumes of beneficial nematodes and inoculants, moving ahead with its strategy to […]

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