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Emergency Chafers and Leatherjackets Summit

An emergency summit is to be held with the aim of finding industry-led solutions to the threat of Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets in the turf industry. The Summit will take place on 9th May 2019 (9am-5pm) at Burton Albion Football, Staffordshire. Attendance at this industry summit is vital to those in the industry that want to develop a long-term preventative strategy for Chafers and Leatherjackets.

Now that many of the chemicals which were routinely used to keep golf courses and sports pitches free of pests have been withdrawn, this Summit will explore the current challenges in sustaining turf quality in a chemical-free environment.

Without proper preparation and action prior to May this year, there is a high risk of increased attacks by Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets.  Many grounds personnel are unaware of a problem until they see evidence – such as birds picking grubs/larvae by uprooting the dead grass.  However, prevention is better than cure and scientifically-developed natural pest control solutions when applied in advance will help control the problem.

This event is supported by Bionema, Rigby Taylor, Maxstim, EcoSpray and E. Marker A/S and is in association with editors of BIGGA, IOG and HorticulturalWeek leading industry magazines.

Dr Minshad A Ansari, Founder and CEO of Bionema, said:

“This summit is the first step in working together as an industry – pooling our knowledge and using all the tools we have in an integrated way to achieve control of these devastating pests.”

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The event will establish the true extent of the problem faced by the turf and amenity sector, offer a better understanding of the pests and the current controls available. It will culminate in an interactive debate, chaired by BIGGA, IOG, HorticulturalWeek editors to help plan the next steps for the industry to take to combat the pest threat. The Summit will conclude with an insight into research and development into the control of Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets in turf and amenity sector by Dr Minshad Ansari from Bionema.

5 BASIS and 5 BIGGA CPD points are available.

Attendance is FREE, but spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please contact Matt Rogers – +44 (0) 7786991146

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