Tag Archives: integrated pest management

Revealed: the chemical blitz bees face in fields

Dave Goulson at The Conversation tells us about insecticides on British crops. Last year on oilseed rape (rapeseed, canola, Brassica napus) Prof Goulson found the neonicotinoid called thiamethoxam (which, by now, is temporarily banned), the pyrethroids called beta-cyfluthrin and alpha-cypermethrin, … Continue reading

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New strategy required for delaying insect resistance to Bt crops

Originally posted on The Plantwise Blog:
Kenyan farmer Mary Ngare in her maize field damaged by stem borers © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA) Transgenic Bt crops have been grown around the world since the 1990s and have contributed to increased yields…

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Golden Rice is ‘no solution’ to malnutrition

GRAIN says that Golden Rice is no solution to malnutrition. Golden Rice is a variety of rice (Oryza sativa) which has been genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered or GE) to make beta-carotene in its grains. After you eat … Continue reading

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Weeds and insects fight back. More market for sprays, then.

Tom Philpott at Mother Jones isn’t impressed by GM crops. That’s genetically modified crops, also called genetically engineered (GE) crops or biotech crops. Mr Philpott says that GM crops are failing. GM crops were supposed to reduce the need for … Continue reading

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Pest management can increase agro-production

Originally posted on Agriculture Information Bank:
Friday, July-12-2013 Agricultural production can be increased manifold with the adoption of the latest pest management practices that will reduce agricultural losses worth million of rupees. This was stated by speakers at 2nd Post…

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It’s not just pests: Pesticides damage biodiversity

Yesterday Sharon Oosthoek at Nature told us about some new science, showing that pesticides spark broad biodiversity loss. It’s easy to spray pesticides within legal limits. But many pesticides accumulate in soil and water. Many organisms can be affected, going … Continue reading

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2013 National Pollinator Week June 17 to 23

Originally posted on Natural History Wanderings:
Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. Six years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step…

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