Research and Development

Research & Development

Year on year our research and development generates new technology that fulfills our customer needs and enables us to develop the most promising products.

Russell IPM has been the commercial partner in DEFRA (UK), KTP (UK) and EU funded projects concerning the development of multi-species attractant and pheromone release control technology. To maintain the highest quality, our technical team ensures strict quality control checks on every product before manufacture.

Russell IPM’s dedicated research and development team work continuously to develop new solutions for crop protection in agriculture and horticulture. We work closely with academic institutes and research organisations to test and develop our products in both the lab and the field, creating the most promising products for the food supply chain.

As a company, Russell IPM has always invested heavily in R&D to support viability and sustainability in agriculture. The company possesses a great deal of specialised knowledge, which is used for both internal product development and collaborative projects. Russell IPM has been a commercial partner with DEFRA Link projects, Innovate UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) projects, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and FP7 (EU) projects. These university-business links ensure Russell IPM’s objectives are translated from research and company ambitions into real solutions for the agricultural sector.

Control of Western Flower Thrips in the UK

As part of the Defra Horticulture LINK project to identify the most successful control methods of Western Flower Thrips in commercial strawberry production, Russell IPM demonstrated that application of the Optiroll sticky roller traps resulted in reduced damage and thrips numbers as well as a significant increase in marketable fruits.

The work was undertaken in a collaborative Defra-funded research project between growers, industry and research institutes, to develop effective strategies to manage this economically important pest. Russell IPM’s Optiroll sticky roller traps were found to offer effective protection when used as part of an integrated control programme with predatory mites.

Furthermore, the addition of a Western Flower Thrips pheromone to the sticky traps offered even better protection, resulting in 70% less fruit damage and a significant reduction in thrips numbers. We would like to thank Defra, Keele University and East Malling Research for their input and guidance in this study.

Optiroll Research

Biorational Fruit Fly Management in Africa and Asia

Russell IPM led an Innovate UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) project along with 10 partners in Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal and Bangladesh to demonstrate the efficacy of Ceranock, a pheromone based attract and kill system for fruit fly.

Funding from the Innovate UK project board has helped Russell IPM to promote the technology in developing countries, working with local governments to reach, raise awareness and train local farmers.

Ceranock’s innovative attract and kill system results in 0% residues on fresh produce whilst effectively controlling fruit fly populations, helping impoverished growers avoid the need to blanket spray their crop with chemical pesticide and assist them in reaching lucrative export markets. Therefore, this collaboration has been instrumental in bringing cost-effective, environmentally-sensitive and innovative solutions for fruit fly to the developing world.

SMART Technology for Agriculture

Russell IPM is working in collaboration with the University of Buckingham to develop a new generation of communication technologies and advanced SMART traps for the monitoring of key agricultural insect pests. This KTP funded project will develop technology that aims to satisfy the new EU Sustainable Use Directive.

The precision monitoring tool will utilise insect pheromones to lure target pests into the device. Once trapped, insects will be photographed and automatically counted. Additionally, the project aims to develop software that will detect the insect species based on unique anatomical identifiers. The data collected will then be communicated over an IoT network to a host server where it will inform farmers of infestation risks. The project is ongoing and Russell IPM are extremely pleased to have the knowledge and experience of their partners at the University of Buckingham.