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  • If you put all humans living on the planet into an imaginary tin like sardines, the tin would be 2km long, wide and high. Amazingly, all the ants in the world would fill a similar-sized tin. Yet, despite their huge numbers, insects such as ants manage to thrive without overwhelming the natural world.Insects are true inventors of technology.

  • Climate change is behind the increase in insect pests, which are expected to cause more damage to crops worldwide. This was said in Rome by various experts in the field of plant protection.

  • The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

  • Something's bugging me about today's reporting of the imminent extinction of insects.

  • The dreaded crop-eating fall armyworm continues to spread across Africa like wildfire. This invasive insect pest, first reported in Africa in early 2016, is in more than 20 African countries including South Sudanand South Africa. Again in 2017 and in 2019. 

  • JAPANESE GIANT HORNETS, known in their native land as suzumebachi, are behemoths of their kind, some nearly two inches long and reportedly capable of stinging through leather. They often build their nests underground, in forests of cypress and cedar, and there, in autumn, hunters rouse the grown hornets, swatting them into jars of shochu, where they flail and drown.

  • Insects could be a game changer in the race to combat food insecurity and achieve zero hunger – the theme of this year’s World Food Day.

  • Increasingly, scientists are arguing that insects will have an essential role to play in the long-term prosperity and security of the world’s food supply.

  • significant, multi-year study published Monday provides new evidence that commodity crop production can be detrimental to honey bees, putting colonies at risk by depleting their access to food.

  • Feed businesses are scrambling to make the most of an as-yet untapped protein source for livestock: insects.

  • Kenyan food production and grazing land is under threat from a huge desert locust invasion.

  • The “fates of humans and insects are intertwined”, scientists have said, with the huge declines reported in some places only the “tip of the iceberg”.

  • The natural world is full of colour, and few groups of animals are as colourful as insects. From the dramatic black and yellow stripes of wasps and striking spots of ladybirds to the dazzling metallic sheen of jewel beetles, insects show a kaleidoscopic array of hues, patterns and optical effects.

  • The new Arc farm intelligence platform uses predictive modeling based on real-time data.
     
    FMC Corporation announced its new Arc farm intelligence platform. The mobile platform delivers real-time data that predicts insects pressure one week in advance to help growers protect yields.

    The platform is to help ensure the right crop protection products are applied precisely where and when they are needed to improve sustainability, optimise crop yield and enhance grower return on investment (ROI). Arc utilises aggregated historical data, entomological models, hyper-local weather data, and real-time regional pest mapping.

    The offers customised alerts through a mobile app to indicate when action is needed in a field, two-way communication with FMC agronomists, reliable data and high-quality graphics, including graphs and heat maps. - Photo: FMC Corporation
    Customised alerts
    According to FMC Corporation, the platform offers a full suite of features, including customised alerts through a mobile app to indicate when action is needed in a field, two-way communication with FMC agronomists, reliable data and high-quality graphics, including graphs and heat maps. Arc farm intelligence has been engineered with open APIs and can easily be plugged into growers’ existing digital ecosystems.

    Arc farm intelligence app launched in Greece
    The platform will be launched commercially this week in Greece for cotton, and it is being piloted in other countries, including Brazil, Spain and the United States, on a broad range of crops from brassicas to corn to lettuce. The Arc farm intelligence app will be available for growers in Greece for free from the Android and iOS app stores.

    Insect pressure predicted one week in advance
    According to Sara Sterling, director of Precision Agriculture at FMC, the tool predicts insect pressure one week in advance with more than 90 percent confidence for key insects in select crops. “Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive in Brazil and Greece, where it has been used on cotton, and we look forward to introducing Arc farm intelligence in additional countries and crops.”

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