18.09.2020

The implementation of integrated pest management strategies is improving livelihoods and bringing billions of dollars in economic benefits to developing nations. That’s according to findings of a review published recently by Virginia Tech researchers George Norton, Muni Muniappan, and Jeff Alwang and researcher Menale Kassie from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Kenya.

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16.09.2020

An interdisciplinary University of Nebraska (NU) team led by the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI), has received a three-year, US$1 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to advance access and education around smallholder farmer irrigation in Africa.

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15.09.2020

Singapore-based Temasek has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Israeli micro irrigation company Rivulis. The completion of the acquisition is subject to all government authorizations and is expected to occur during the fourth quarter of 2020.

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14.09.2020

Israeli soil sensing and data analytics startup CropX has acquired New Zealand-based Regen, a cloud-based, precision effluent and irrigation decision support tool company.

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11.09.2020

In 2018, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management initiated a biological control approach to combat fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), searching for natural enemies that could safely and economically prevent the pest from spreading further. The team found two natural enemies – parasitoid wasps in the genera Telenomus and Trichogramma – in East Africa, which showed up to 70 percent parasitism of fall armyworm eggs.

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09.09.2020

Researchers have identified a sub class of peptides in the nodules of the legume, Medicago truncatula, that proved effective in inhibiting growth of the fungus causing gray mould.

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07.09.2020

Robert Morris, CEO of TerrAvion, said Terravion was ceasing operations with immediate effect in an email, 4 September 2020.

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07.09.2020

Lida Plant Research has brought the first low-risk plant vaccine registered as a plant protection product and authorized for use in organic production on the market.

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03.09.2020

Elemental Enzymes, a St. Louis (U.S.) biotechnology firm, has obtained the first patent for a natural peptide solution that is field-proven to treat citrus greening disease. Capable of killing healthy citrus trees in less than five years, this bacterial disease has impacted fruit yields by more than 40 percent on citrus crops such as oranges, causing more than US$400 million in grower losses annually with the financial impact reaching from grove to grocer.

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02.09.2020

Biopesticide, biostimulant and fertilizer supplier Seipasa and the Technical University of Valencia (UPV), through the Mediterranean Agroforestry Institute (IAM), are working on the development of a new bioherbicide.

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