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UK research effort to tackle pulse beetles

A collaborative research effort has been launched in the UK to fight beetle and weevil pests in pulse crops. The partners include UK pest management company Exosect, UK-based research centre Rothamsted Research, UK centre for applied research into temperate peas, beans, pulses and other grain legumes, the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO), the insect monitoring company, Oecos, and BASF. The focus of the project is to develop a “lure and kill” system using Exosect’s electrostatic micro-powder technology to enable the targeted delivery of a range of active ingredients including beetle-specific attractive semiochemicals, reduced quantities of registered insecticides and spores of entomopathogenic fungi, to the crop pests. “Following discussions with growers over recent years, it has become apparent that current control using spray applications have become less effective,” says Becky Ward, principal technical officer at the PGRO.

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