The University of Buckingham is working in collaboration with Russell IPM to develop communication technologies and advanced SMART traps for the monitoring of agricultural pests. The technology will provide farmers with digitised and accurate pest population levels to assist in decision-making in a timely and precise manner.
Russell IPM is leading projects funded by Innovate UK in collaboration with prominent research institutes. Each collaboration takes place at different stages in the research and development process for the purpose of developing new technology for a smarter and more environmentally sensitive way of managing pests in key agricultural sectors.
Russell IPM and Keele University have being working together since 2004 and their partnership is currently centred on two economically important insect pests. The joint business-academia venture has been highly productive in the development of pheromone based mass-trapping systems due to the expertise of Dr Gordon Hamilton and Dr William Kirk from Keele University and Dr Nayem Hassan from Russell IPM Ltd.
Russell IPM collaborate with a number of universities within the Knowledge Transfer Partnership for the development of new technologies to support the farming sector in the UK and Europe. Currently the company is working with prominent entomologist Dr Clare Sampson of Keele University, to design and trial improved traps for control of the Western Flower Thrips and Whiteflies in protected crops.
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Russell IPM is leading a project to develop an improved pepper weevil lure and trap, with the support of funding from the Welsh Government Smart Cymru project, in collaboration with Prof David Hall of Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (NRI) and Dr Michelle Fountain, from East Malling Research (NIAB-EMR). Work is in progress to optimise the visual and pheromone attraction of the traps.
Russell IPM have developed innovative pest control technologies that reduce the need for conventional pesticides in soft fruit production in developing countries with support from KTN and funding from Innovate UK and DFID. Read the full article here
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With the help of a European regional development fund, Russell IPM is developing a SmartTrap system for remote monitoring of bedbugs in houses and hotels. The SmartTrap will identify the presence of bedbugs in real time and transmit the data to a variety of mobile platforms as an aid to scheduling management treatments for the bedbugs.