How to control slugs with integrated pest management
Slugs are a major pest within UK agriculture with species such as the common keeled slug (Tandonia budapestensis), the garden slug (Arion hortensis/Arion distinctus) and the grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatum) amongst those found on UK land.
In this, our latest hub, we consider slugs, integrated pest management, risk factors, slug trapping, chemical control, stewardship guidelines, applications and calibration as well as solutions such as Desidro Technology with Gusto.
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These Wasp-like Drones Lift Heavy Loads With their Bellies
Small drones, or “micro air vehicles,” are only able to lift the equivalent of their own weight. If we want flying robots that can move massive objects without requiring them to be the size of pterodactyls, engineers will need to come up with new ways of lifting stuff. So drone designers are looking to wasps for help, and developing creative ways to use the environment itself as a secret weapon in robotics.
Read Wired’s full article here.
New bee research funding announced
Defra secretary of state Michael Gove has launched a £60,000 fund to develop and test pollinator habitat mapping – identifying where new habitats will provide the greatest benefit for bees and other pollinators.
The project will involve partnering with organisations such as Natural England, Buglife, The Wildlife Trusts and other bodies working on habitat mapping and the conservation of pollinators and is part of the 25 Year Environment Plan.
Read the full article from Hortweek here.
Coral reefs, at risk from climate change, also imperiled by rats
Coral reefs, the delicate marine environments threatened by global warming, are also suffering huge damage from rats, a new scientific study has found.
By eating birds and their eggs, rats have ravaged seabird populations on 90 percent of the world’s island archipelagos, said Nick Graham, a marine ecologist at Lancaster University in England, who led a study comparing rat-infested islands with ones that are rat-free.
Read the full article here.