Association of Applied Biologists
AAB - President
Pesticide Application

The Pesticide Application group was established in 1980 and is concerned with the many aspects of biological, chemical and physical interactions of application technology. The group’s activities over the years have centred around regular one-day workshops that focus on a different aspect of pesticide application in turn. Such topics as spray drift, the use of air assistance in arable crops and reduced volume application rates have featured in the past. As industry has adopted electronic control, the group mirrored this with events concerning the advances that global information systems can offer the applied biologist. The production of food or fuel crops and the factors influencing production are equally global.

Since 2000 the group has catered for the many facets of pesticide application around the world by organising the bi annual “International Advances in Pesticide Application” conference where subjects as diverse as mosquito  and  vector control, robotic weed seekers, deposition of chemicals in crop canopies and contamination of operators are presented and debated.

As we move into an era where sustainability is demanded, where productivity of food and industrial crops compete for land and bio-pesticides increase in their significance; the group offers scientists working in the field of application technology the opportunity to meet discuss and transfer knowledge in an informal atmosphere. The group always welcomes new ideas and interests from AAB members. 

The Pesticide Application group was established in 1980 and is concerned with the many aspects of biological, chemical and physical interactions of application technology. The group’s activities over the years have centred around regular one-day workshops that focus on a different aspect of pesticide application in turn. Such topics as spray drift, the use of air assistance in arable crops and reduced volume application rates have featured in the past. As industry has adopted electronic control, the group mirrored this with events concerning the advances that global information systems can offer the applied biologist. The production of food or fuel crops and the factors influencing production are equally global.

Since 2000 the group has catered for the many facets of pesticide application around the world by organising the bi annual “International Advances in Pesticide Application” conference where subjects as diverse as mosquito  and  vector control, robotic weed seekers, deposition of chemicals in crop canopies and contamination of operators are presented and debated.

As we move into an era where sustainability is demanded, where productivity of food and industrial crops compete for land and bio-pesticides increase in their significance; the group offers scientists working in the field of application technology the opportunity to meet discuss and transfer knowledge in an informal atmosphere. The group always welcomes new ideas and interests from AAB members. 

 

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

 

October 2014.  Workshop - Developments in hand-held application techniques. Barcelona, Spain.   

 

January 2016, International Advances in Pesticide Application, Barcelona, Spain

Convenor
Paul Miller
Specialist adviser, spray applications Silsoe Spray Applications Unit (Part of The Arable Group) Building 42 Wrest Park Silsoe Bedford MK45 4HP

Tel: 01525 862995 x 100 Email: paul.miller@niab.com

Groups Members
Paolo Balsari

Paolo is the Director of the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Economics and Engineering (DEIAFA) at the Univeristy of Turin, Italy.  He was born in Milan (Italy), has a degree in Agriculture Sciences (University of Milan). He has been a Researcher since 1981, Associate Professor since 1987, Full Professor since 2000. His main areas of interest are: equipment for crop protection, management of animal wastes, precision agriculture, and forest machinery. In the ambit of the equipment for crop protection he’s involved in the following activities: certification ofnew sprayers, inspection and calibration of sprayers in use, assessment of the quality of pesticide spray applications in field crops, vineyards, orchards and greenhouses, innovation and development of new sprayer prototypes, study of drift incidence during pesticide application, and operator andenvironmental safety. He is a member of the Italian delegation in the ISO TC 6 and CEN TC 144, of the ASAE and of the AIIA (Italian Society of Agricultural Engineering) and he has authored more than 350 publications.

Philip Carpenter

 

Richard Glass
Richard Glass gained his first degree in Biology at Manchester University, with post graduate studies in Crop protection and Analytical Chemistry. Over 25 years experience with crop protection related research in Europe and Latin America. Specialist areas are pesticide application and safety, occupational and bystander/resident exposure, biopesticide delivery and sustainable production Fluent in Spanish, having worked with coffee leaf rust control in Colombia and extensively with intensive horticulture in Spain.
Ben Magri

Ben is Syngenta’s Field Tech Agronomist & Application Expert

Colin Mountford-Smith

Colin is a technical adviser at BASF

Colin Mountford-Smith works for BASF plc in Technical Services, with technical responsibility for Oilseed Rape products. His role involves project management of development products, writing the biological dossiers submitted to CRD and answering the BASF Technical Services Hotline. After graduating with an Applied Biology degree, Colin worked for seven years in BASF's Development Department, running field trials. In 2001 he moved to his current role where he has experience in cereal PGR, fungicides, insecticides and sugar beet herbicide projects.

 

Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson - Syngenta Fellow - New Farm Technology Lead Syngenta UK, Fulbourn, Cambridge. I develop mechanical methods to optimize the performance of Syngenta Products and Seeds. My background is in farming and engineering. In the past 10 years I have specialized in developing spray nozzles and precision farming techniques.
David Stock
Dr David Stock Syngenta Fellow, Head of Weed Control Biology Originally I qualified in Pure & Applied Biology at Oxford University in 1984, followed by a PhD at Bristol, sponsored by Shell, to investigate the impact of surfactant structure on pesticide delivery. I have worked within the Crop Protection industry since 1991. Throughout this time, the main focus of my work has been around enhanced biodelivery of pesticides and Adjuvant Technology. This has involved both fundamental research in-house, in addition to funding projects with Universities and Institutes both within the UK and on an international basis. Historically I have been involved in biodelivery research from within Formulation groups in the Crop Protection industry. However, since July 2012 I have returned to a Biology based role, leading the Weed Control Research Biology group in Syngenta. david.stock@syngenta.com
Bill Taylor
Bill is an independent consultant on pesticide application and was formerly co-ordinator of pesticide application research at Weed Research Organisation. He has also worked with Hardi International A/S and at Long Ashton Research Station.
Jan van de Zande

Jan is a researcher at Plant Research International, the Netherlands.  His research interests include:

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Systems
  • Environmental Engineering
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