CEPA, GMO, Varroa Mite Study, Bayer Sells Home & Garden Pesticide Business
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Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
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2016 South Florida and Caribbean Bee College
The UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab is combining the 4th annual South Florida Bee College
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM – Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar
UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center – 3205 College Ave, Davie, FL 33314 Cost $196.17
Biocontrol in the Landscape, Does it really work?
June 30, 2016 from 8 am to 2 pm cost $15
Miami Dade County Extension Service Homestead Florida
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Second Thursday of every month July 14, 2016
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Pest Control News
National Pollinator Week
June 20-26, EPA encourages you to celebrate Pollinator Protection Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of bees, bats, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Bayer sells home and garden product lines
SBN Development a French crop protection group buys it for $268 million
Bayer claims it will focus on its professional clients. https://www.backedbybayer.com/~/media/BackedByBayer/Resource%20Library/Press%20Releases/2016-05-19-Bayer-and-SBM-Developpement-Sign-Agreement.ashx
Combination Products Selling as New
BASF Has New Mode Of Action For Deeper Disease Control called Orkestra part of its Intrinsic line which contains two classes of chemistry: pyraclostrobin and Xemium for the Nursary grower market.
Reformulation or combination products are the trend, you get no new products get used to it.
One Word “GMO” Why bayer wants to aquire Monsanto.
On average, GM technology adoption has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22%, and increased farmer profits by 68%. Yield gains and pesticide reductions are larger for insect-resistant crops than for herbicide-tolerant crops. Yield and profit gains are higher in developing countries than in developed countries.
A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops
Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. — the first sixteen years
GMOs and Pesticides: Helpful or Harmful?
The Professionalization of the industry
“Henry Mott, managing director of Conquer Pest Control, explained how achieving certification to EN 16636 is allowing his company to compete with much bigger pest management businesses. “There are a lot of client companies looking for uniform service across all their sites,” he explained. “Before this standard came about there were only a few pest control companies that these clients could look to but now with CEPA certified you can approach these potential clients and because you are working to the same European standard as the big companies there is no reason why they shouldn’t appoint you to look after specific sites. It opens up a huge potential market for smaller pest control businesses.”
Final Draft EN 16636
The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA)
CEPA Self Evaluation
Comapre to NPMA QualiPro
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Entemology Today Parasitoid Wasp Makes Rediscovered after 100 years
A species of wasp that is a natural enemy of a wood-boring beetle that kills black locust trees has been rediscovered. More than 100 years after the last wasp of this species was found.
The only previous known specimens of the wasp (Oobius depressus) date back to 1914 and were found in Morristown, Illinois. Because females visit black locust trees to lay eggs, the scientists placed an insect trap designed to collect beetles and other arboreal insects in the canopy of a black locust tree at Rose Lake State Wildlife Area in Bath Charter Township, Mich., from August to October 2015.
Entomology Today Edward Sterilizing Insect Techniques can be rewarding
Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique
Dr. Edward F. Knipling and Dr. Raymond C. Bushland are being cited for research that led to the “sterile insect technique,” in which lab-raised and sterilized male insects are used to overwhelm and eventually eradicate native pest populations.
The technique has been heralded as “the only truly original innovation in insect control in [the 20th] century,” and continues to inform ongoing fights against other agricultural pests and insects carrying infectious pathogens, including the tsetse fly and the Aedes aegypti mosquito — the primary culprit in transmission of the Zika virus.
Population growth of Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) in honey bee colonies is affected by the number of foragers with mites
The frequency of capturing foragers with mites on their bodies while entering or leaving hives also increased in the fall.
Mites could attach to foragers when they rob weak colonies collapsing from high mite infestations.
Most migration of varroa mite into colonies occurs in the late summer and fall.
This was determined by measuring mite dropings on sticky glue boards in colonies established with few or no mites.
The mites on the sticky glue boards were assumed to have entered the hive on foragers from other colonies.
When mites attach to foragers, they interfere with the bees’ homing ability and this could cause foragers to drift to other colonies and spread varroa.
So bees could be going to poorly managed hives with no mite control strategy picking them up and introducing them to their hive.
The rapid growth of mite populations particularly in the fall being a product of mite migration rather than mite reproduction only is discussed.