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  • Vestaron Corporation Announces Filling of Insect Control Patents

    Vestaron Corporation announces today it has filed worldwide patent applications claiming a broad genus of insecticidal triazines and pyrimidines. Vestaron is developing environmentally friendly products for insect control markets. The patent discloses a novel template that was uncovered during a search for synthetic molecules that mimic the action of peptides isolated from spiders. "We are ...


    By Marketwire

  • Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job

    As interest in organic agricultural and horticultural practices continues to grow, so does the need to identify alternative weed control practices. Mulching, a common practice used to control weeds and reduce the need for tillage, can also reduce insect pollinators' exposure to harmful pesticides; however, finding the right mulch materials that allow pollinators to flourish can be challenging. ...

  • Farmers Urged to Consider Impact Of Pesticides on Insect Numbers

    Farmers are continually urged to store pesticides safely and securely in order to minimise their impact on the environment and to reduce leakage into water supplies and systems. A study by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), with support from Natural England, examined 40 year’s worth of data collected on farmland on the Susses Downs.  Examining the effect of climate and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Biosafety meeting `must address GM insects`

    International rules drawn up for genetically modified (GM) crops must be altered as soon as possible to deal with GM insects that will start emerging from labs soon, according to a researcher. While the 2003 Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety — an international agreement to protect biodiversity from the risks of GM organisms (GMOs) — also applies to GM mosquitoes, it was formulated with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • For Soybean Insect-Pest Management, There’s No Substitute for Scouting a Field, Says Researcher

    The weather in the Mid-South region causes intense pest pressure for row-crop farmers. To maintain yields, farmers in this area must treat numerous insect pests, more so than farmers in other areas of the country, according to Mississippi Extension entomologist Angus Catchot, Ph.D. In a new Focus on Soybean webcast, Catchot outlines  ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Neonicotinoids: may reduce crop yields by poisoning insects that eat slug pests

    Beetles that are helpful to farmers can be poisoned if they feed on slugs that have eaten crops treated with neonicotinoids, a new study reports. The slugs themselves are not harmed by neonicotinoids. In American field trials, researchers found that plots planted with neonicotinoid-treated soybeans contained more slugs, fewer beetle predators and had 5% lower yields. The insecticide may be ...

  • Conservation efforts may be paying off for wild plants and insect pollinators

    Since the 1990s, rates of biodiversity loss of wild plants and their insect pollinators have slowed down in north-west Europe, according to a recent study. It is likely that conservation activities, such as agri-environmental schemes, have contributed to this improving situation. The loss of wild species and habitats as a result of agricultural intensification and habitat destruction has ...

  • AgriSolar Solutions, Inc. Completes Additional Testing of Solar Insect Killing Technology

    DENVER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 08/05/10 -- AgriSolar Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AGSO) announced today that it has recently received formal written test results from two separate studies conducted by independent organizations in late 2009. Each of the studies were designed to test the effectiveness of the Company's solar insect killing technology in a particular environment. The first test, which ...


    By Marketwire

  • Conservation efforts may be paying off for wild plants and insect pollinators

    Since the 1990s, rates of biodiversity loss of wild plants and their insect pollinators have slowed down in north-west Europe, according to a recent study. It is likely that conservation activities, such as agri-environmental schemes, have contributed to this improving situation. The loss of wild species and habitats as a result of agricultural intensification and habitat destruction has ...

  • Combating pest insects in the soil with root-colonizing insecticidal fungi

    The biological control of pest insects in the soil has come one step closer. Wageningen UR has isolated five promising fungi that kill 90 to 100 per cent of the grubs and crane fly larvae, and which also survive well in the soil when there are no pest insects present. It is expected that these insecticidal fungi will also be effective against other pest insects in the soil. Surviving ...

  • Insect-eating bats save global maize farmers €0.91 billion a year from crop damage

    Insect-eating bats are estimated to be worth US$ 1 billion (€0.91 billion) a year to maize farmers around the world, a new study has revealed. Not only do bats reduce crop damage by eating adult corn earworm crop pests, they also suppress fungal infections in maize ears. Bats and their habitats need to be better protected for their ecological and economic contributions, say the study’s ...

  • Plankton beats insecticides at mosquito control

    Improving the biodiversity of ponds and lakes in malaria-endemic regions could offer a powerful and sustainable way to control malaria. A common mosquito-controlling strategy is to apply biological insecticides, such as Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) — a bacterium ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Overseas Lab Seeks U.S. Weed Control `Recruits`

    The search is on for insects, mites, microbes or nematodes that could be used in a biologically based approach to controlling silverleaf nightshade, an invasive weed from the Americas that has spread to southern Europe, Africa, India, Australia and elsewhere. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist Walker Jones, the perennial weed, Solanum elaeagnifolium, is being targeted ...

  • Biological control of weeds via their own aromas

    Plant experts in the Netherlands can still become enthusiastic about a special variety of broomrape. Farmers in southern countries, however, are less impressed because broomrape and its ‘sister’ striga are considered a harmful weed in these regions. Research in the Laboratory of Plant Physiology of Wageningen University shows how useful insects that can control this weed may lend a ...

  • IRRI calls for stricter controls on use of pesticides

    Governments across Asia need to improve their regulation of way that pesticides are marketed, and should ban certain pesticides from use in rice production completely, according to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which is based in Manila, the Philippines. IRRI released an action plan listing potential strategies for scaling back pesticide use and adopting ecological ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Boreal forests may benefit from controlled fires, depending on forest management

    Controlled fires could help the regeneration capacity of some insects in regions of intensively managed forests, according to a recent study of Finnish forests that are part of an EU LIFE restoration project. Results indicated that fire can be an effective conservation measure but its impact depends on the region’s history and context. Natural forests and the species that inhabit them are ...

  • As Madagascar food crisis looms, locust control campaign launched

    A locust control campaign is starting in Madagascar against a plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, which threatens the food security and livelihoods of 13 million people or nearly 60 percent of the island's population. Aerial survey operations to identify and map out the areas requiring treatment by pesticides are expected to get underway this week. In the meantime, ground surveys, conducted ...

  • EPA approves two insecticides for control of invasive stink bug

    On June 24, 2011 EPA approved, for emergency use, the insecticide dinotefuran (trade names Venom and Scorpion) on tree fruit to help manage populations of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive insect that has caused extensive yield losses in tree fruit production in the mid-Atlantic region. The approval, known as an emergency exemption, applies to Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, ...

  • Semios Receives US EPA and California State Approval for Aerosol Pheromone to Control the Navel Orangeworm

    Semios, a leading provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has received US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval and California Department of Pest Regulation (DPR) approval for aerosol pheromone biopesticide products that disrupt the mating of the Navel Orangeworm (NOW).   Michael Gilbert, ...


    By Semios

  • Genetic pesticide for termites developed in Florida

    A pesticide that attacks termites through their genes has been developed in a lab at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Termites are wood-destroying insects most commonly found in the South but increasingly found in every region in the nation. Pest control industry estimates peg the damage termites cause at more than $5 billion each year, despite the many ...

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