Agricultural Pest Control

FarmForest Research specializes in the research and development of innovative solutions for agricultural crop pests including molluscs, insects, weeds and plant diseases.

Here at FarmForest we design and develop pest abatement strategies using biological control systems (biopesticides) as part of effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols. Recent projects have also included research into new chemistry pesticides. We develop techniques which work and are sustainable to the target region.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

IPM promotes prevention over remediation, involves detailed monitoring of the problem and advocates integration of various pest control techniques in order to achieve long-term solutions. Strategies used include biological pesticides, mechanical methods and physical barriers. Our expertise in this field enables us to develop, assess and implement pest control methods that are environmentally and socially responsible.

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Reduced Risk Pesticides

Pesticide use raises a number of ecological and social concerns. Pesticide residues can contaminate our food supply, affect non-target species, poison surface and groundwater and have a long-term negative impact on biodiversity. Increasingly, conventional, more hazardous pesticides are being phased out in favour of reduced risk pest management systems. Here at FarmForest, a core area of our expertise and interest lies in the development of effective alternative control strategies that minimise the environmental and social impact of crop protection.

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Biological Control Systems

Farmforest has extensive experience in surveying for potential biological control agents of molluscs, insects, weeds and plant diseases all over the world. We can rear these agents and assess their suitability, safety and efficacy for use in the target region.

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Invasive Species

Based in Canada, FarmForest has been active in projects in North America, Europe, China, South-East Asia, Oceania, Africa, Australia and South America to assess risks posed by invasive species to local ecosystems and agriculture.

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Achatina fulica - giant African land snail

Slugs, Snails & Slime Trails

He would pore by the hour, o'er a weed or a flower,
Or the slugs that come crawling out after a shower.

R. H. Barham, 1788-1845

"Slugs and snails are unlikely to make it onto the top of the pest priority list for most greenhouse growers, when they are competing alongside such heavyweights as thrips, whitefly, aphids and mites. However, they remain as one of those irritating, minor pests that most growers at some point have had reason to curse, not only for the damage they can cause, but also because they can be so difficult to get rid of..."

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Dr. James Coupland

FarmForest Research
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