African swine fever spreads in Europe and Asia

African swine fever (ASF) crossed a new border last week as it entered Western Europe for the first time.

It’s been a tough year for ASF. An outbreak of the disease, which affects only pigs, began in Inner Mongolia during early August. Since then, 29 outbreaks have rocked China, which has culled nearly 40,000 pigs […]

A unique approach to pest control: Mechanical monsters

Is this the latest in pest control?

A farmer in a rural town in Kyushu, one of the main islands of Japan, has resorted to his own special way to drive pests away from his fields: a robotic “monster wolf” that literally scares them away.

The machine, smaller than a real wolf, has long gray […]