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 centered 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. 


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.

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Group Members

Paolo Balsari

Paolo is the Director of the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Economics and Engineering (DEIAFA) at the University of Turin, Italy.

Clare Butler-Ellis

Clare is a research manager at Silsoe Spray Applications Unit Ltd.

Emilio Gil

Richard Glass

Richard is and Innovation Hub Lead at CHAP. He has over 30 years of experience working with R&D projects and field trials dealing with crop protection with a wide range of crops and climatic zones for both the private and public sector.

Richard 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. He is Fluent in Spanish, having worked with coffee leaf rust control in Colombia and extensively with intensive horticulture in Spain

Colin Mountford-Smith

Colin is a technical adviser at BASF

David Nuyttens

David works in the Agriculture Engineering Dept at ILVO, Ghent.

Jan Van De Zande

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

James Thomas

James is a digital Ag & new farming technologies lead at Syngenta.

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AAB Office:

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