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Sookar P.,Agricultural Services | Bhagwant S.,University of Mauritius | Khayrattee F.B.,Agricultural Services | Chooneea Y.,Agricultural Services
Journal of Applied Entomology | Year: 2014

Field cage tests were carried out to determine the mating compatibility of sterile and wild melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), males that were treated or not treated with entomopathogenic fungi. The melon flies were irradiated at 70 Gy, and the adults were treated with dry conidia of either Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) or Metarhizium anisopliae (Metchnikoff) Sorokin 1 day before the mating test. Our results demonstrate that sterile melon flies treated with either B. bassiana or M. anisopliae showed mating compatibility with the wild flies. Inoculation of the flies with the fungi did not significantly affect the mean time of copulation (323-567 min) as compared to mating involving only wild flies (407-518 min). Treatment of the flies with either B. bassiana or M. anisopliae did not significantly affect the propensity of mating. Wild females mated indiscriminately with sterile, sterile B. bassiana-treated or sterile M. anisopliae-treated males. Irrespective of the treatment combinations, mean percentage remating was significantly higher for sterile females with sterile males (7.72-27.12%) as compared to wild females with sterile males (0.76-14.90%). The possibility of using sterile melon flies as vectors of the entomopathogenic fungi to enhance an SIT programme is discussed. © 2013 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.


News Article | December 1, 2016
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HOKLAS Accreditation Puts SGS Lab First for GMO Testing in Hong Kong HOKLAS has awarded accreditation to SGS’s food testing lab in Hong Kong. This is the first existing commercial facility laboratory in the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China to get such recognition for its GMO testing services. Rutherford, NJ, December 01, 2016 --( The food testing services undertaken by SGS in Hong Kong involve the use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology to screen a wide variety of foods. These include tomato sauce, rice, seeds (such as soya seed), tofu, soya milk, and maize. Thanks to the accuracy of the technology, SGS is able to detect GMO levels as low as 0.1% weight/weight (w/w) – which is significantly below the European Union minimum figure of 0.9% (w/w). The Hong Kong Accreditation Service issues HOKLAS, which is based upon the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard and comprises technical and management system requirements. While HOKLAS is the most recent accreditation achieved by SGS in Hong Kong, it is by no means the first. The lab is already accredited for food and food container testing by Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS), and by Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) for food and drug testing. The HOKLAS accreditation for the SGS facility in Hong Kong adds yet another layer of capability to the lab. In turn, this helps to generate even deeper levels of trust among local manufacturers who are keen to trade in absolute confidence with countries specifying GMO-free products. Why GMO testing is so important Since Genetically Modified (GM) foods were introduced, there’s been heated debate about safety – without common consensus ever being achieved. The practical outcome is that no globally-agreed approach to regulation and labeling exists, leaving individual markets to establish their own rules and guidelines. For food manufacturers wanting to sell beyond their own borders, this complexity makes it advisable to use independent experts to test products in the relevant markets. Such an approach ensures third-party verification on a global scale, while avoiding non-compliance issues and the associated financial and reputational risks. Established by SGS in 1959, the 4,300 sq. ft. food testing lab in Hong Kong is just one of the company’s facilities capable of providing such a service. In addition to GMO screening, it also provides: food contaminant testing; norovirus identification; shelf-life studies; nutritional and vitamins testing; microbiological testing; food chemical analysis; and identification and quantification services. The lab’s complementary services include auditing, certification and training, as well as technical services. Hong Kong food companies needing GMO testing services, or help with other food testing, should contact SGS: Tony Chan Head, Food Department SGS Hong Kong Email: tony.chan@sgs.com Tel: + 852 2765 3635 About SGS SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. Rutherford, NJ, December 01, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) has awarded accreditation to SGS’s food testing. This is the first existing commercial facility laboratory in the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China to get such recognition for its Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) testing services.The food testing services undertaken by SGS in Hong Kong involve the use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology to screen a wide variety of foods. These include tomato sauce, rice, seeds (such as soya seed), tofu, soya milk, and maize.Thanks to the accuracy of the technology, SGS is able to detect GMO levels as low as 0.1% weight/weight (w/w) – which is significantly below the European Union minimum figure of 0.9% (w/w).The Hong Kong Accreditation Service issues HOKLAS, which is based upon the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard and comprises technical and management system requirements. While HOKLAS is the most recent accreditation achieved by SGS in Hong Kong, it is by no means the first. The lab is already accredited for food and food container testing by Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS), and by Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) for food and drug testing.The HOKLAS accreditation for the SGS facility in Hong Kong adds yet another layer of capability to the lab. In turn, this helps to generate even deeper levels of trust among local manufacturers who are keen to trade in absolute confidence with countries specifying GMO-free products.Why GMO testing is so importantSince Genetically Modified (GM) foods were introduced, there’s been heated debate about safety – without common consensus ever being achieved. The practical outcome is that no globally-agreed approach to regulation and labeling exists, leaving individual markets to establish their own rules and guidelines.For food manufacturers wanting to sell beyond their own borders, this complexity makes it advisable to use independent experts to test products in the relevant markets. Such an approach ensures third-party verification on a global scale, while avoiding non-compliance issues and the associated financial and reputational risks.Established by SGS in 1959, the 4,300 sq. ft. food testing lab in Hong Kong is just one of the company’s facilities capable of providing such a service. In addition to GMO screening, it also provides: food contaminant testing; norovirus identification; shelf-life studies; nutritional and vitamins testing; microbiological testing; food chemical analysis; and identification and quantification services. The lab’s complementary services include auditing, certification and training, as well as technical services.Hong Kong food companies needing GMO testing services, or help with other food testing, should contact SGS:Tony ChanHead, Food DepartmentSGS Hong KongEmail: tony.chan@sgs.comTel: + 852 2765 3635About SGSSGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SGS Agricultural Services


News Article | February 22, 2017
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia and WHITE PLAINS, New York, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bahri Dry Bulk Company ("BDB"), a subsidiary of the Bahri Group, the national shipping arm of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Koninklijke Bunge B.V. ("Bunge"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), a global agribusiness and food company, announced today they have signed definitive agreements forming a joint venture ("JV") to establish a leading ocean freight supplier for dry bulk import and export flows in and out of the Middle East region. The JV, which will operate under the name Bunge Bahri Dry Bulk Ltd., will provide exclusive freight transportation services to regional and other international customers. The company plans to ship over 5 million metric tons in year one, ramping up volume over time to double-digit figures. BDB and Bunge will own 60/40% of the JV respectively, and it will be registered and based in Dubai. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. "Bunge is excited to partner with BDB to strengthen our presence in the Middle East," said Brian Thomsen, Managing Director, Bunge Global Agribusiness and CEO, Bunge Product Lines. "We expect the JV to become a carrier of choice for customers importing grains and other agricultural commodities in the Middle East, as well as for dry bulk exports outside of the region. The JV combines Bunge's expertise in providing freight services and risk management with BDB's unique knowledge of Middle Eastern customers and their needs to address growing demand in the region." "This JV is one of BDB's strategic initiatives to reduce complexity for our customers along the value chain. Working with a leading global player in commodity trading brings the necessary commercial and market intelligence to dry bulk supply and demand fundamentals, and Bunge brings crucial expertise and scale to the table," said Ibrahim Al-Omar, Chief Executive Officer, Bahri. "Their global presence in commodity flows and knowledge of the freight market, coupled with our maritime expertise and strategic position in the region, creates a powerful alliance to meet growing demand for freight services within the Middle East." The JV, which will be financed pro rata by BDB and Bunge, will charter and commercially operate SUPRAMAX and/or PANAMAX (and/or other suitably sized dry bulk vessels) initially from the fleet currently owned or managed by BDB and subsequently from third parties. About Bahri Dry Bulk Company Bahri Dry Bulk, a 60/40 joint venture between Bahri and Arabian Agricultural Services Company (ARASCO), is the leading bulk carrier in Saudi Arabia specializing in the transportation of grain, coal, barley and other dry bulk cargoes. Bahri Dry Bulk is one of six business units within Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation, headquartered in Saudi Arabia. Bahri Dry Bulk has a diversified regional customer portfolio with well-established, long-term shipping partnerships with key regional cargo owners. Having registered a growth of over 300% of cargo volumes during 2016, BDB aims to capture about 14 Mtons by 2020, with the support of its JV partner and expand into global markets. About Bahri Established in 1978, Bahri is one of the world's foremost logistics and transportation companies, playing a leading role in the transformation and growth of the global shipping industry through innovation and delivering value-added onshore and offshore services. As a global leader in the logistics and transportation industry, Bahri has six business units that include Oil, Chemicals, Logistics, Dry Bulk, Ship Management, and Data. Bahri is the second largest owner of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) in the world, and the largest owner of chemical tankers in the Middle East. Presently, the company owns 84 vessels, including 37 VLCCs, 36 chemical/product tankers, 6 multipurpose vessels, and 5 dry-bulk carriers with additional 9 VLCCs on order. Bahri is committed to playing an integral and leading role in realizing Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 by continuously enhancing and expanding its services and presence across the world, enabling the opening of new trade routes, and positioning Saudi Arabia as a unique regional logistics gateway to three continents. Bahri has around 2,400 dedicated employees across its global network of offices in Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA and India. For more information, please visit: www.bahri.sa www.facebook.com/OneBahri/ www.twitter.com/onebahri www.linkedin.com/company/bahri www.youtube.com/user/bahriupdate/feed About Bunge Limited Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 32,000 employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat, corn and rice to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather reflect our current expectations and projections about our future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. We have tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words including "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "continue" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, could affect our business and financial performance: industry conditions, including fluctuations in supply, demand and prices for agricultural commodities and other raw materials and products used in our business; fluctuations in energy and freight costs and competitive developments in our industries; the effects of weather conditions and the outbreak of crop and animal disease on our business; global and regional agricultural, economic, financial and commodities market, political, social and health conditions; the outcome of pending regulatory and legal proceedings; our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; our ability to achieve the efficiencies, savings and other benefits anticipated from our cost reduction, margin improvement and other business optimization initiatives; changes in government policies, laws and regulations affecting our business, including agricultural and trade policies, tax regulations and biofuels legislation; and other factors affecting our business generally. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and except as otherwise required by federal securities law, we do not have any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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In Bogota, Colombia, SGS’s food testing and analysis lab is recognized for its competence to carry out tests, analyses and sampling. Rutherford, NJ, November 16, 2016 --( Awarded last month, ISO 17025 accreditation is independent verification of SGS in Colombia’s competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling on food, food products and raw ingredients. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods. SGS’s Bogota laboratory serves the country’s growing food industry. Established in 2014 staff on site offer physical, chemical and microbiological testing and analyses alongside nutritional facts services, across a broad range of food categories: · Beverages · Dairy · Grains and cereals · Pastry · Meat, poultry and seafood · Fruit and vegetables · Herbs and spices · Tea and coffee · Processed, canned and frozen foods · Oil and fats · Bottled water · Confectionary and chocolate “We are proud to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation,” said Juan Salazar, Product Manager, SGS Colombia. “Building on the experience and expertise of our local scientists and technicians, this accreditation assures our clients of the best possible quality of service.” SGS Food Testing Services With a global network of ISO 17025 accredited food laboratories, SGS offers the widest range of food testing and analyses. SGS’s food testing and analysis services help clients to reduce risks, improve quality and comply with food safety regulatory standards. Visit www.sgs.com/food to learn more. Follow us on Linkedin (www.sgs.com/linkedinfood) For further information contact: Juan Sebastian Salazar Arias Product Manager, Agriculture, Food & Life SGS Colombia S.A. Telephone: +57 1 606 9292 Email: sgs.colombia@sgs.com About SGS SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. Rutherford, NJ, November 16, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Colombia’s national accreditation body, ONAC, a recognized member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has granted ISO 17025 accreditation to SGS’s food testing and analysis laboratory in Bogota. This accreditation reinforces to SGS’s clients that the company continues to maintain high levels of competence in its performance that they have come to expect from an industry leader.Awarded last month, ISO 17025 accreditation is independent verification of SGS in Colombia’s competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling on food, food products and raw ingredients. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.SGS’s Bogota laboratory serves the country’s growing food industry. Established in 2014 staff on site offer physical, chemical and microbiological testing and analyses alongside nutritional facts services, across a broad range of food categories:· Beverages· Dairy· Grains and cereals· Pastry· Meat, poultry and seafood· Fruit and vegetables· Herbs and spices· Tea and coffee· Processed, canned and frozen foods· Oil and fats· Bottled water· Confectionary and chocolate“We are proud to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation,” said Juan Salazar, Product Manager, SGS Colombia. “Building on the experience and expertise of our local scientists and technicians, this accreditation assures our clients of the best possible quality of service.”SGS Food Testing ServicesWith a global network of ISO 17025 accredited food laboratories, SGS offers the widest range of food testing and analyses. SGS’s food testing and analysis services help clients to reduce risks, improve quality and comply with food safety regulatory standards. Visit www.sgs.com/food to learn more.Follow us on Linkedin (www.sgs.com/linkedinfood)For further information contact:Juan Sebastian Salazar AriasProduct Manager, Agriculture, Food & LifeSGS Colombia S.A.Telephone: +57 1 606 9292Email: sgs.colombia@sgs.comAbout SGSSGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SGS Agricultural Services


SGS operates Central Asia’s only cotton yarn testing laboratory with ISO 17025 accreditation in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Rutherford, NJ, December 09, 2016 --( As the only ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory in Central Asia, the facility will assist Uzbekistan’s growing cotton export industry by independently demonstrating quality and consistency, thereby adding value to their finished products. This continued investment in Tashkent, reinforces SGS’s commitment to delivering high quality testing facilities to Uzbekistan’s yarn industry. Equipped with the Uster Tester 5 and integrated full High Volume Instrument Testing for raw cotton, the laboratory will be able to serve the whole cotton yarn industry. Yarn is the transitional point in the manufacture of fabric, following raw material. Importers of Uzbekistan’s cotton will want to be assured of its quality. In order to do this, SGS in Tashkent can conduct tests on: · Yarn twist · Linear density · Yarn strength · Yarn elongation · Yarn evenness · Yarn hairiness Uzbekistan currently produces around three million tons of raw cotton and 0.9 million tons of cotton fiber a year. It is the sixth largest producer of cotton in the world and the fourth largest exporter of cotton fiber. Maintaining this growth will require Uzbekistan’s cotton fiber producers to demonstrate the quality and consistency of their product to international importers – this will mean third party independent testing using globally recognized standards. As Central Asia’s only ISO 17025 accredited facility for cotton yarn testing, SGS in Tashkent is ideally positioned to support Uzbekistan’s cotton industry by providing integrated high-volume instrument testing for raw cotton to help both the export market and the domestic spinning mill industry. For further information contact: Olga Surovtseva Manager SGS Agriculture Food Life Email: olga.surovtseva@sgs.com About SGS SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. Rutherford, NJ, December 09, 2016 --( PR.com )-- SGS’s laboratory in Tashkent has achieved ISO 17025 accreditation, making it the only accredited cotton yarn testing facility in Central Asia. ISO 17025 is the benchmark standard for technical competency, demonstrating rigorous testing standards and a meticulous laboratory management system.As the only ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory in Central Asia, the facility will assist Uzbekistan’s growing cotton export industry by independently demonstrating quality and consistency, thereby adding value to their finished products. This continued investment in Tashkent, reinforces SGS’s commitment to delivering high quality testing facilities to Uzbekistan’s yarn industry.Equipped with the Uster Tester 5 and integrated full High Volume Instrument Testing for raw cotton, the laboratory will be able to serve the whole cotton yarn industry. Yarn is the transitional point in the manufacture of fabric, following raw material. Importers of Uzbekistan’s cotton will want to be assured of its quality. In order to do this, SGS in Tashkent can conduct tests on:· Yarn twist· Linear density· Yarn strength· Yarn elongation· Yarn evenness· Yarn hairinessUzbekistan currently produces around three million tons of raw cotton and 0.9 million tons of cotton fiber a year. It is the sixth largest producer of cotton in the world and the fourth largest exporter of cotton fiber. Maintaining this growth will require Uzbekistan’s cotton fiber producers to demonstrate the quality and consistency of their product to international importers – this will mean third party independent testing using globally recognized standards.As Central Asia’s only ISO 17025 accredited facility for cotton yarn testing, SGS in Tashkent is ideally positioned to support Uzbekistan’s cotton industry by providing integrated high-volume instrument testing for raw cotton to help both the export market and the domestic spinning mill industry.For further information contact:Olga SurovtsevaManagerSGS Agriculture Food LifeEmail: olga.surovtseva@sgs.comAbout SGSSGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SGS Agricultural Services


News Article | September 27, 2016
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ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Recent news from GroGenesis, Inc. (OTCQB:GROG), both of the share structure and the business development varieties, are cause for consideration by investors in the small cap arena where dilutive events wreak havoc on a share price. GroGenesis is positioned to be a potential beneficiary of the rapidly growing sub-sector of sustainable agriculture with its proprietary organic surfactant known as AgraBurst PRO™.  The company's recent news has all the hallmarks of a new management team completing the basic tasks of tightening up its share structure with a head-turning reduction of 25.5 million shares and a lock-up of an additional 12.5 million shares for a period of three years, thereby reducing its public float to just 8.8 million shares.  It is worth noting that the currently stated count of 91 million shares does not reflect the 25.5 million share reduction yet.  According to the company, the shares outstanding are expected to be updated in its fiscal Q-2 SEC filing. It is certainly a strong comment on a new management team that takes control of a company and begins with reducing the amount of shares outstanding.  We believe that the most recent news last month announcing the exclusive blender of AgraBurst PRO™, United Agricultural Services (UAS), is the first sign of actual fundamental news from the new management team. And this development could not be more timely with the interest in organic, sustainable agriculture spreading throughout the agriculture sector.  The company’s major target market is the organic and non-GMO food production sector - a sector that is growing as more conventional food growers convert, or transition, to the non-GMO and organic production model to take advantage of the rising consumer demand and premium produce pricing.  In 2014, there were almost 14,100 organic farms generating $5.5 billion in revenue from organic products (60% of these sales was from organic crop sales - an increase of 69% from 2008 to 2014).  According to a study by Clive James in 2015, the global hectare count in GMO production declined from 2014 to 2015, the first decline since 1996 (Source: http://bit.ly/2bikQcA).  The organic market is a huge opportunity for GroGenesis’s AgraBurst PRO™ - a specialized patented, premium organic agricultural input formulated of high quality food-grade ingredients which enhance the health of the soil while stimulating plant growth and increasing crop yields. Another large market that GroGenesis is pursuing is the turf grower and lawn maintenance market.  Groundskeepers for stadiums, parks, golf courses and residential lawns have been challenged for years to grow healthy green lawns, sports fields and gold courses, but unfortunately have become reliant upon the heavy use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides.  This environmentally unfriendly regimen can be replaced through the use of an organic input like AgraBurst PRO™.  The company believes this market is largely untapped by organic lawn care providers and represents a huge opportunity for revenue growth. GroGenesis’s new and improved share structure may be off the radar as is the company’s overall market opportunity.  With a little good news, the market may well take the time to note the fundamental progress in their business plan.  At the minimum, investors may be well rewarded to monitor the company for more corporate development news. Headquartered in the heart of the US Farm Belt, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based GroGenesis is an agricultural services enterprise offering food producers a revolutionary, proprietary, all-natural, non-GMO nano-surfactant that enhances soil and crop health and reduces potential harm the health of farm workers due to its non-toxic properties.  GroGenesis’s flagship product, AgraBurst PRO™, is an all-natural, organic, non-GMO agricultural input which optimizes the ability of the plant to more efficiently use the added nutrients incorporated in fertilizers resulting in less fertilizer being required.  The application of AgraBurst PRO™ can begin the process of improving the health of the soil while minimizing the use of conventional chemical agricultural inputs.  For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.GroGenesis.com. 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Sookar P.,Agricultural Services | Haq I.,International Atomic Energy Agency | Jessup A.,International Atomic Energy Agency | Mcinnis D.,U.S. Department of Agriculture | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Applied Entomology | Year: 2013

Distinct host ranges of the melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), have been reported among different island populations, suggesting significant genetic divergence. Thus, for the application of the sterile insect technique (SIT), it is important to ensure that released flies are sexually fully compatible with each other and with the laboratory strains. Mating tests among the following strains of the melon fly, B. cucurbitae: Mauritius laboratory-adapted (35 generations), Seychelles laboratory-adapted (24 generations), and Hawaii genetic sexing strain (90 generations), were conducted in field cages at the FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria during the months of August/September 2009. The genetic sexing strain, developed in Hawaii in 2001, allows separation of females and males on the basis of pupal colour. Two separate series of trials were run simultaneously. In the first, melon fly females from Mauritius were the target strain and the competing males were from Mauritius, Seychelles, and Hawaii (GSS). In the second trial, melon fly females from the Seychelles selected among competing males from the same three populations. Sexual activity was similar among the melon fly populations and no significant non-random, assortative mating was observed. Therefore, it is suggested that melon flies from Mauritius, Seychelles and the Hawaii are compatible, at least under semi-natural conditions. © 2010 Blackwell Verlag, GmbH.


News Article | December 20, 2016
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Sustainable Solutions Company Issues Update on Company's Progress and Business Plans for 2017 SIOUX FALLS, SD--(Marketwired - Dec 20, 2016) -  GroGenesis, Inc. ( : GROG) (the "Company"), a global sustainable solutions company and producer of AgraBurst PRO™, an organic, non-GMO nano-surfactant for growers, fertilizer manufacturers and commercial lawn and turf companies, released a letter to shareholders from Mr. Richard Kamolvathin, President and CEO of GroGenesis, Inc., to report on the Company's progress in 2016 and business plans for 2017. The open letter to shareholders is issued in its entirety below: As we approach the end of 2016, I feel an overview of our challenges, our achievements during 2016 and our business plans and goals for 2017 would be welcomed by our current and future shareholders. We have had a challenging year of reformulating and improving our organic flagship product, AgraBurst, now known as AgraBurst PRO™, executing our first phase of our business plan by developing a qualified distribution network and establishing a firm foundation for building revenue, achieving profitability and increasing shareholder value. The Board of Directors, the management team and I take our fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders very seriously. An integral part of providing a healthy investment return for our shareholders has been reducing the amount of common shares outstanding by over 20 million shares and obtaining a three-year lockup of shares held by a significant investor to minimize the amount of shares in the public float. In the past sixty days, your Company has announced distributorships for AgraBurst PRO™ in the Caribbean (including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Belize among others), Myanmar (also known as Burma) and Columbia. A quick review of a global map will reveal our plans to identify and sign sales and marketing agreements with regional agricultural distributors such as Central and South America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Shareholders should expect announcements of regional U.S. and Canadian distributors in the near future. As part of our development of our distributor network, we have field tested AgraBurst PRO™ on a number of crops and achieved better than expected results. It has been on the strength of these yield improvements that we have been able to attract distributors that we have a high degree of confidence in impacting their local agricultural markets. The management of GroGenesis is committed to building a company that is diversified by hemisphere to minimize seasonality issues and by sourcing advanced technology solutions that bring value to the sustainable agriculture sector as evidenced by our October 20th announcement of establishing a subsidiary for water remediation and sanitation technology. Again, this strategic move illustrates our commitment to diversify our revenue sources to include sustainable solutions for agriculture. As any farmer can attest, agricultural inputs are necessary, but good clean water is essential for the healthy production of food. To this end, GroGenesis has entered a rapidly growing marketplace of wastewater remediation and sanitation for agriculture by keeping true to our business model of minimizing general expenses by developing strategic partnerships with companies that share the GroGenesis vision of being a non-GMO and organic solutions partner for growers worldwide. GroGenesis is poised to begin recognizing revenue from initial sales of the aforementioned distributors and continuing the announcements of additional distributors. As we add to our network, shareholders should be advised that GroGenesis's business model is to grow rapidly with a strict adherence to minimizing fixed overhead costs and maximizing the benefits of cash flow management. All our distributors are independent and are compensated only after product is shipped and orders are paid in full. Our US-based exclusive organic blender, United Agricultural Services, Inc., provides us with product blending, shipping and logistical support services on an "as needed" basis. In addition, our water remediation technology strategic partner, Eco Squared Solutions and EcoWater Solutions, is responsible for technology implementation, system training and on site servicing. Our business structure and strategy is geared to arriving at overall profitability as quickly as possible. In closing, GroGenesis is committed to helping farmers improve the health of their farms' soil, increasing crop yields, reducing chemical input in addition to overall production costs, providing a mobile sustainable water remediation solution and increasing topline revenue while providing healthier food to consumers. I would like to thank all our shareholders for their patience and look forward to a 2017 marked by increasing revenue eventual profitability. Interested investors and shareholders are invited to be added to the corporate e-mail database for corporate press releases and periodic industry updates by sending an email to info@grogenesis.com. Headquartered in the heart of the US Farm Belt, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based GroGenesis is an agricultural services enterprise offering food producers a revolutionary, proprietary, all-natural, non-GMO nano-surfactant which enhances soil and crop health and reduces the health risk to farm workers due to its non-toxic properties. GroGenesis' flagship product, AgraBurst PRO™, is an all-natural, organic, non-GMO agricultural input which enhances the ability of the plant to more efficiently use the added nutrients incorporated in fertilizers, which results in less fertilizer required. The application of AgraBurst PRO™ can begin the process of improving the health of the soil while minimizing the use of conventional chemical agricultural inputs. Through a subsidiary, American Water Sanitation, the company offers sustainable, proprietary solutions to water remediation and wastewater treatment for toxic run-off in agriculture, fracking recovery ponds and algae blooms in lakes, reservoirs and ponds. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.GroGenesis.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial uncertainties and risks. These forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations, estimates and projections and reflect our beliefs and assumptions based upon information available to us at the date of this release. We caution readers that forward-looking statements are predictions based on our current expectations about future events. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including but not limited to, the development of our products, our limited financial resources, our ability to raise the working capital needed to fund the expansion of our current and future distribution commitments, our ability to retain key employees, our competitors' ability to develop better or less expensive alternatives to our products and the risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Item 1 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2016, and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement for any reason.


Sookar P.,Agricultural Services | Alleck M.,Agricultural Services | Ahseek N.,Agricultural Services | Bhagwant S.,University of Mauritius
African Entomology | Year: 2014

Tephritid fruit flies are serious pests in Mauritius, of which Bactrocera zonata (Saunders) (Diptera: Tephritidae) is one. One of the pathogens of fruit flies is Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin; the introduction of this entomopathogen into the wild fly population would be beneficial for suppression of fruit fly populations. Five releases were made to study the dispersal behaviour and survival of sterile B. zonata males either treated or untreated with dry conidia of B. bassiana, in vegetable plantations bordered with papaya and mango trees in northern Mauritius from April 2010 to December 2012. The flies used were reared for ≈172 generations in the laboratory. Results showed that the dispersal behaviour and post-release survival were different for the two types of sterile males. Recapture rates of B. bassiana-treated sterile males (2.0 ± 1.4 %) were significantly lower than those of untreated flies (6.2 ± 5.5 %). However, the recapture rates for both types of males were within acceptable limits for release-recapture studies with mass-reared and irradiated fruit flies. Up to day 4 after release the percentage recovery of sterile B. zonata males untreated and treated with B. bassiana was 76 % and 81 %, respectively; 90 % of the recovered sterile flies from both groups were recovered up to 100 m from the release point, and only 4 % at a distance between 150 m and 200 m from the release point. Our results suggest that sterile B. zonata males could potentially be used as vectors of B. bassiana to supplement suppression of this pest in a sterile insect release programme.


Sookar P.,Agricultural Services | Bhagwant S.,University of Mauritius | Allymamod M.N.,Agricultural Services
Journal of Insect Science | Year: 2014

In Mauritius, the peach fruit fly, Bactrocera zonata Saunders (Diptera: Tephritidae), and the melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), are the major pest of fruits and vegetables, respectively. Fruit growers make use of broad-spectrum insecticides to protect their crops from fruit fly attack. This method of fruit fly control is hazardous to the environment and is a threat to beneficial insects. The entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae (Metchnikoff) Sorokin (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae), which was isolated from the soils of Mauritius, was used to investigate whether fungus-treated adult fruit flies could transfer conidia to non-treated flies during mating, and whether fungal infection could have an effect on mating behavior, fecundity, and fertility of the two female fruit fly species. When treated male flies were maintained together with non-treated female flies, they were able to transmit infection to untreated females, resulting in high mortalities. Similarly, fungus-infected female flies mixed with untreated males also transmitted infections to males, also resulting in high mortalities. Infection by M. anisopliae also resulted in the reduction of the number of eggs produced by females of B. cucurbitae. The results suggest that M. anisopliae may have potential for use in integrated control programs of B. zonata and B. cucurbitae using the sterile insect technique in Mauritius. © 2014, Library of the University of Arizona. All rights reserved.

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