• Suntec City’s interactive Christmas Tree based on the Galton game measuring 9.5 m-high in 2014

  • Christmas at 112 Katong 2015 saw CJ the Bubble Girl enclosed 15 volunteers inside a giant soap bubble.

  • The Longest Handbell Performance went on for 24 hours in Dec 2013 at the airport played by Ministry of Bellz

  • 718 people wore antler headbands and red noses for a 3.5km walk at the Sports Hub, 2014

  • 4.8m Teddy Bear Christmas Tree at Conrad Centennial, 2008

  • 3m tall Christmas tree made of recycled glass bottles at Sentosa, 2011

  • Clarke Quay’s 5.5m Christmas Tree made of 48 TV screens, 2011

  • A bottle-capped greeting!

  • 89.5m-long Swiss roll cut up into 50 log cakes, at Eunos CC 2012

  • 5.5m-high Christmas tree made up of 5,000 pieces of wishing stars at Kampong Ubi-Kembangan GRC, 2010

  • 10m-tall cardboard Christmas tree at Millenia Walk, 2015 

  • 3m-tall Christmas tree made of live bottled plants in Chong Pang, 2015

  • 40 Santa Clauses and 35 Santa Rinas at Boon Lay CC, 2014

  • Ministry of Bellz’s 24-hr Christmas performance at Changi Airport, 2013

  • 555 people wore Santa hats at Bugis+ Christmas celebration, 2009

Biological pesticides in agriculture

Biological pesticides in agriculture

Many companies, from startups to the world’s agrochemical giants, are trying to bring pesticides derived from natural materials, or biopesticides, to the market. Biological pesticides, from bacterial toxins to bee-borne fungi, are a new trend in agriculture. Pests and pathogens have grown resistant to many pesticides, and governments have phased out some old chemicals owing to environmental and health concerns, leading to interest in biopesticides. In Toronto, Bee Vectoring Technologies is conducting a trial to prove that bumble bees can protect the plants from gray mold by delivering a dose of a new biopesticide to the flowers. The possibilities are nearly endless: millions of species of microbes, insects, and other overlooked organisms live in our soils, fields, and streams, waiting to be tapped. These critters already infect and eat one another and manufacture chemicals that they use to protect themselves. Finding the right organism to counter a specific pest or blight is no easy task. And biopesticides are often specific to one type of pest or disease. That’s a plus from an environmental perspective, as it means they won’t wipe out beneficial organisms along with pathogens.

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