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Dr. Poonam Singh, (r), discusses how good bugs can fight bad bugs with (from left): Assiniboine 
student Gopin Patel, Shelmerdine employee Stephanie Walker and Assiniboine research intern 
Tiffany Nykolyshyn.

It’s a bug-eat-bug world, says Assiniboine faculty member

Researcher uses $25,000 NSERC grant to reduce pesticide use

Bugs that eat bugs fascinate Dr. Poonam Singh. The instructor and researcher at Assiniboine Community College is studying the effectiveness of using “good bugs” to control pests that injure and sometimes kill plants. Singh is the first instructor at Assiniboine to receive a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Flies swarm around these cattle as they are being moved.

Controlling cattle pests vital

Left untreated, pests can cause significant loss in production

Integrated pest management concepts that are commonplace for controlling crop pests also apply to controlling livestock pests, North Dakota State University Extension livestock and pest management specialists say. Those key concepts for controlling pests effectively are using the right type of control at the right time for the right duration. “Many livestock producers apply pest


Neonic replacement not popular with farmers or beekeepers

They’re too expensive, ineffective and still harmful to bees, to cite just some of the concerns expressed

A proposed replacement for a key neonicotinoid pesticide is proving unpopular with everyone — including farmers and beekeepers. Farmers adopted neonic pesticides because they were safer and didn’t damage the environment as older pesticides did. With one of the three used in Canada being phased out, the search for replacements is on. Mark Brock, chairman

What is that critter, and is it a good one or a bad one? An app being developed by AAFC and the U of M will be able to tell you.

App will identify bugs and outbreaks in real time

Farmers and agronomists sought for testing app that will allow reporting and tracking of insect outbreaks

Researchers at the University of Manitoba and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are developing a new app that will make it easier for farmers to practise integrated pest management (IPM). The free, user-friendly app, which should be available in 2018, incorporates three separate tools for pest identification, forecasting and crop management. The pest ID tool is

Replacing insecticides with sex in pest control

Genetically engineered male moths prevent females from reproducing

Cornell University researchers are combining two biotechnologies to control diamondback moths with sex instead of insecticide. The pesky feeders on crucifer crops, including canola, mustards and vegetables, have developed resistance to many insecticides as well as Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a soil bacteria that has been genetically engineered into corn and cotton to help control such


Brandon Researchers On The Hunt For Root Rot Pathogens

Studies at the Brandon Research Centre have not yet turned up fusarium graminearum in root rot pathogens affecting local peas and dry beans. Last year, researchers began looking at the possibility that the fungus responsible for fusarium head blight in wheat could infect those crops after a recent report from North Dakota discovered that the

Include European Pesticide Policy In Free Trade Talks

Officials negotiating a free trade deal with Europe must get EU officials to clarify the impact proposed pesticide registration rules will have on food imports from Canada, says Ron Bonnett, first vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “We plan to raise this issue with Canadian negotiators,” Bonnett said in an interview after a meeting

Control Action Against Gypsy Moth Considered

“A notorious defoliator of broad-leaved trees.” A new insect pest has arrived in Manitoba and the government is acting fast to eradicate it before it gains a foothold. Manitoba Conservation hopes this spring to conduct aerial spraying against the gypsy moth in two areas near Winnipeg where it has been found. The province wants swift