Research and Development

R & D



In order to maintain our position as a leading manufacturer of biological control products, Russell IPM know that research and development is key to producing ground breaking technology that protects the food supply chain. By investing in research today, we can help protect the worlds’ food tomorrow, taking the critical steps from lab to field.

Russell IPM has been a commercial partner in the DEFRA Link project, the Innovate UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) projects, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and FP7 (EU) projects concerning the development of insect attractant release control technologies. These university-business links ensure our objectives are translated from research and company ambitions into real solutions for the agricultural sector.

Year on year our research and development generates new technology that fulfils 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.



  Smart Technologies Innovate UK Keele Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Pepper Weevil Traps KTN Smart Bedbug Monitor

The University of Buckingham is working in collaboration with Russell IPM to develop communication technologies and advanced SMART traps for the monitoring of agricultural pests. The technology will provide farmers with digitised and accurate pest population levels to assist in decision-making in a timely and precise manner.

Russell IPM is leading projects funded by Innovate UK in collaboration with prominent research institutes. Each collaboration takes place at different stages in the research and development process for the purpose of developing new technology for a smarter and more environmentally sensitive way of managing pests in key agricultural sector

Russell IPM and Keele University have being working together since 2004 and their partnership is currently centred on two economically important insect pests. The joint business-academia venture has been highly productive in the development of pheromone based mass-trapping systems due to the expertise of Dr Gordon Hamilton and Dr William Kirk from Keele University and Dr Nayem Hassan from Russell IPM Ltd.

Russell IPM collaborate with a number of universities within the Knowledge Transfer Partnership for the development of new technologies to support the farming sector in the UK and Europe. Currently the company is working with prominent entomologist Dr Clare Sampson of Keele University, to design and trial improved traps for control of the Western Flower Thrips and Whiteflies in protected crops.

For more information please look at our published papers below:

Reduced translucency and the addition of black patterns increase the catch of the greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum, on yellow sticky traps

Can Mass Trapping Reduce Thrips Damage and Is It Economically Viable? Management of the Western Flower Thrips in Strawberry

Russell IPM is leading a project to develop an improved pepper weevil lure and trap, with the support of funding from the Welsh Government Smart Cymru project, in collaboration with Prof David Hall of Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (NRI) and Dr Michelle Fountain, from East Malling Research (NIAB-EMR). Work is in progress to optimise the visual and pheromone attraction of the traps.

Russell IPM have developed innovative pest control technologies that reduce the need for conventional pesticides in soft fruit production in developing countries with support from KTN and funding from Innovate UK and DFID. Read the full article here or click on PDF attached

With the help of a European regional development fund, Russell IPM is developing a SmartTrap system for remote monitoring of bedbugs in houses and hotels. The SmartTrap will identify the presence of bedbugs in real time and transmit the data to a variety of mobile platforms as an aid to scheduling management treatments for the bedbugs.

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We are an international company with marketing subsidiaries in Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan and Bangladesh, plus distributors in many other countries.


Russell IPM has developed and worked with more than 150 insect pheromone lures and several biorational pesticides. With the in-house capacity of our R&D team to isolate and develop even more.

30 years in the business.