How to radically and consistently re-manage.
In retrospect, the transformation of the traditional company Reckhaus is hard to believe. Against all odds and doubters, Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus transformed his insecticide company into a company that saves insects. In „Fliegen lassen“. „How to radically and consistently re-manage.“ The founder describes the story of radical change as a commitment to an ecologically sustainable future – starting with the smallest fellow occupants on the planet. The publication encourages people by proving that a single company can transform its entire industry and that environmentally friendly business is possible. The book was published by Murmann Verlag in September 2020.
Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2019)
Nature in balance – is that possible? The book explains the compensation model of INSECT RESPECT® and shows the green areas created. INSECT RESPECT® is based on a scientific model that calculates the insect loss of biocides for the living area and compensates for it by creating insect-friendly outdoor habitats. With the aim of increasing local biodiversity, more and more INSECT RESPECT® areas are being created.
Together you can achieve more – and faster. That’s why INSECT RESPECT® continues to cooperate and promotes the insect lobby through its network. The ‚Biodiversity in Good Company‘ initiative is one such network in which companies pool their capacities to protect biodiversity. The initiative would jointly recognise and support the three objectives of the International Convention on Biological Diversity:
1) conservation of biodiversity;
2) sustainable use of its components and
3) fair sharing of the benefits of the use of genetic resources
The members of the ‚Biodiversity in Good Company‘ initiative publish a progress report every two years to show that biodiversity is still a high priority for their actions and economies.
Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2019)
5., completely revised edition
About the value and threat of insects. Gais, Bielefeld: INSECT RESPECT® self-published, ISBN 978-3-033-07049-3.
„Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus understood that insects are an essential part of our biosphere. If we sometimes have to protect ourselves against damage and plagues, we should be environmentally friendly. In this extraordinary and entertaining book you will find countless very exciting and scientifically based examples as well as good reasons to look for nature-friendly alternatives in our dealings with insects.“
Dr. Hans R. Herren, President Biovision Foundation (Zurich) and Millennium Institute (Washington)
„The iNSECT RESPECT®’s publications are unique: this is not just about individual aspects such as biotechnology or useful insects or pests, but rather about the role of this animal group in the overall balance of ecosystems. This kind of literature is a real gap in the market.“
Prof. Dr. Stanislav N. Gorb, Zoological Institute, Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, University of Kiel
„This is an important book in the age of unchecked bee and insect death. It uses illustrative, well-researched examples to tell how important insects are to life on this planet in its most diverse functions, which can also be unpleasant for humans. This book is not only an appeal to change our actions, but in a second volume INSECT RESPECT® shows ways in which this can be done.“
Dr. Angelika Hilbeck, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Institute of Integrative Biology IBZ, ETH Zurich
Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2019)
9., supplemented edition
The quality mark for a new way of dealing with insects. Gais, Bielefeld: Insect Respect self-published.
The documentary about INSECT RESPECT® presents the seal of approval and lets the reader immerse himself in the origin of the organization: Instigated by the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, the biocidal entrepreneur Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus asked himself in 2011 the question„How much value does a fly have?“ Their answer: Saving instead of killing. This led to the idea of a scientific model that calculates the insect loss of biocides for the living area and compensates for it by creating insect-friendly outdoor habitats. This book explains philosophy and model and makes visible the concrete activities of INSECT RESPECT®, through which the organization sensitizes to the value and benefits of insects.
The author Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus is managing partner of Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG in Bielefeld (D) and Reckhaus AG in Gais (CH). For more than 60 years, the company has specialized in the development and manufacture of insect control products. With INSECT RESPECT®, the company begins its transformation from a manufacturer of chemical products to a provider of ecological services.
Order the book free of charge by email: email@example.com. (also available in English)
Proceedings of the International Conference of DERMARKENTAG 2018
With its 12 contributions from scientists and practitioners, this collection reflects the course of the conference of DERMARKENTAG 2018. The conference creates a platform to express and give meaning to the approach of holistic and co-creative brand management and to deepen the exchange between science and practice, including in a friendly network. On September 27, 2018, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of INSECT RESPECT®, was also invited as a stimulus. In the chapter „Brands with a Conscience“, the conference volume describes how the fly Erika transformed the Reckhaus company.
Through his involvement with INSECT RESPECT®, Reckhaus became a member of the ‚Biodiversity in Good Company‚ initiative. The members are companies that continuously promote the protection and promotion of biodiversity, such as REWE, Ritter Sport and HeidelbergCement. The anniversary brochure of the initiative was published at the end of 2018. It shows milestones of the last decade as well as best practice examples of the members, among others from Reckhaus.
Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze congratulated on the 10th anniversary of the initiative: „I very much welcome the fact that the member companies are committed to an economy that respects the limits of the burden on nature and the environment. They live up to their social responsibility and use practical examples to show the opportunities companies have to protect biodiversity. This deserves respect and invites imitation!»
The conference „The value of insects. Contributions from companies and society to the preservation of biodiversity“ brought more than 130 representatives of business, science, politics and environmental organisations as well as media to Bielefeld on November 9, 2017. At the invitation of INSECT RESPECT® and the Bertelsmann Foundation, they discussed a wide range of ways and solutions for stopping insect death.
Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2017)
A Documentation about the Value and Endangerment of Insects. Springer Verlag, ISBN 978-3-319-58765-3.
The book „Warum jede Fliege zählt“ was published in English in summer 2017 by Springer-Verlag under the title „Why Every Fly Counts“.
„With this book, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus achieves an up-to-date overview of the relationship between humans and insects. The well-researched figures and contexts amaze the reader and respect these often misunderstood animals.“
Dr. Hans R. Herren, pioneer of biological pest control, president of the Millennium Foundation, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize
Insects like it native, colorful, varied and species-rich. Tips and measures for people who want to support six-legged friends.
Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2017)
In: Hildebrandt, Alexandra (eds.): CSR und Digitalisierung.
Digital change as an opportunity and challenge for the economy and society. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, p. 575-591.
INSECT RESPECT® has created an author’s contribution for the Springer publishing book „CSR und Digitalisation“ under the title „Little Giants – Of Insects, Art and Respect“. What does digitalization have to do with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and, above all, with insect death? In their text, the authors Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus and Tina Teucher ask about the connection between global networking and the value of seemingly small things — e.g. the value of an insect. To investigate this, they tell of the adventure journey of the Reckhaus company, which began when the doors were opened to art. It led from a supposedly absurd fly-rescue operation to a detailed scientific study of nature, biodiversity and sustainability to the transformation of the entire business model. A story about truth-seeking, rethinking and change. Numerous contributions and forewords by Wolfgang Schäuble, Fredmund Malik, Timotheus Höttges, Henning Kagermannm, Bert Rürup, Christian Seifert, Tim Leberecht, Dieter Gorny, Christoph Keese and Valerie Niehaus are gathered in the Springerbuch. They all show that a new way of thinking is needed to understand and shape the world of tomorrow. For social unrest, resource struggles, wars, an isolation of the elite and authoritarian systems of domination are programmed if a community operates for too long with an outdated operating system.
Antje Hintz has written a detailed review of the book.
Dr. Hans Dietrich Reckhaus (2017)
In: Dr. Lehmann, Ulrike (eds.): Wirtschaft trifft Kunst.
Why art does business well. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
In 2017, the book „Wirtschaft trifft Kunst“ was published. Why art does business well,“ edited by Dr. Ulrike Lehmann. More than 30 well-known authors have contributed to this. Under the title „Umdenken! Die von der Kunst angestossene, zeitgemässe Transformation eines traditionsreichen Biozidherstellers“, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus described the contemporary transformation of a traditional biocidal manufacturer initiated by art – from the manufacturer of insecticide chemical products to a service provider for insects.
Collected insect knowledge prepared in Plant-Profiles with descriptions and information on behaviours, damage potential and prevention.
Iris Dick, Stephan Josef Dick and Gertraud Wegst (2017): Wertschätzung
How flow and the numbers are right.
In their book „Wertschätzung – Wie Flow entsteht und die Zahlen stimmen“, the authors Gertraud Wegst, Iris Dick and Stephan Josef Dick present impulses and practices for shaping successful collaboration. A practical example in the publication is the history of INSECT RESPECT®. The book was published by Vahlen Verlag in 2017 and comprises 347 pages.
Sebastian Olma (2014): Chemieindustrie – über die Kunst zum nachhaltigen Geschäftsmodell.
In: CREATIVE. NRW (ed.): Innovationsökonomien.
Strategies for the renewal of entrepreneurial practice. Wuppertal: Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, S. 49-53.
How can business, culture and creativity be linked to profit? The publication „Innovationsökonomien“ of the Competence Center CREATIVE.NRW shows it with 14 company examples from Germany and Europe, including Reckhaus and INSECT RESPECT®.
In cooperation with the Westphalian Entomologists‘ Association and the Federal Research Institute for Forests, Snow and Landscape, INSECT RESPECT® prepared research reports for the two compensatory areas created in Bielefeld and Gais. One year after the area was created, scientists investigated the development and nature of the colonization of the two roofs.
When the World Biodiversity Council (Weltbiodiversitättsrat IPBES) announced in 2019 that up to a million species were threatened with extinction, this was not surprising for some, but a wake-up call for others: we cannot continue as before. The new INSECT RESPECT® activity report shows projects, actions and cooperations that contribute to insect diversity: In 2019, INSECT RESPECT® two major conferences with more than 300 participants each – the Day of Insects Germany and Switzerland. There are more and more products with quality seals on the market. With lectures, publications, collaborations and prevention tips, the Team of INSECT RESPECT® continued to live up to its philosophy in 2019: Insects are small giants to which we owe a lot.
INSECT RESPECT® starts! This is why the second activity report tells of exciting projects, conferences and publications from 2018. Among others:
- the new INSECT RESPECT® compensating areas in Bielefeld, with detailed overview plans of the site,
- the creation of partner areas at Herrmann Kräuter, RITTER SPORT and the ECO-PROFIT club OWL,
- the highlights of the Day of Insects in Germany and Switzerland,
- the introduction of the „Kill valuable insects“ warning,
- cooperation with new partners: ALUKON, Yuna Miray, BirdLife Switzerland …
- and gives an overview of various lectures and awards for INSECT RESPECT®.
What does INSECT RESPECT® specifically do for insects and against insect death? The new Activity Report 2016/17 shows what has happened in 2016 and 2017. The aim is to build a lobby for insects. The Team of INSECT RESPECT® works with passion: The events, publications, cooperations, lectures, exhibitions and product designs that stimulate rethinking bring the INSECT RESPECT® philosophy to the world.
50,000 customers and none there to talk about
About 50,000 people will visit the Nuremberg world’s leading trade fair BioFach on 12-15.02.20, but they will not meet anyone at the Reckhaus stand. The insect killer and insect rescuer does not want to stand around, but to act, according to the stand label.
In 2019, INSECT RESPECT® again encouraged the BioFach visitors to change their perspectives: in the mirror, everything makes sense again!
World’s first sign against insect death
INSECT RESPECT® introduced a sign against insect death at the BioFach 2018 trade fair with the art installation „Caring for Insects“.
The INSECT RESPECT® temporary exhibition basically conveys impressions and knowledge about the value of insects.
Science Festival GENIALE
The INSECT RESPECT® rethinking booth delighted visitors to GENIALE 2017.
Change of perspective
How does a fly feel on a richly covered kitchen table? From February 15 to 18, 2017, Reckhaus presented the world’s first series of control-neutral insect repellents at the BioFach trade fair in Nuremberg. The INSECT RESPECT® quality mark ensures their ecological compensation.
Vernissage at the Natural History Museum Bielefeld
On February 10, 2017, the new INSECT RESPECT® exhibition at the Natural History Museum Bielefeld (namu) was opened with a special vernissage. Visitors learned a lot about insects and discovered solution ideas for their protection with „Augmented Reality“. In particular, the lecture by the biologist Stephan Liersch on insect-friendly biotopes in the settlement area met with great interest: „The insects are doing badly, you can say that!“ underlined the biologist. 30% of the species in Germany are endangered in their population, 5% are already extinct. He explained how green flat roofs can be developed into new paradises for insects, how the company Reckhaus implements this scientific model with the seal of quality INSECT RESPECT® and gave the listeners useful tips for their own insect-friendly balcony or garden design: The flowers of tansy phacelia, yellow chamomille, white goosefoot and common yarrow are popular with 80% of the flying insects. During the subsequent guided tour of the multimedia exhibition, guests were able to discover the value of insects with elements of augmented reality.
Why Every Fly Counts: English translation for BioFach USA
Too many biocides are also used in the USA, and the insects are declining: more than 84,600 species are already considered endangered. At the same time, environmental awareness, the organic market and attention to the value of insects are also growing here. Reason enough for Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus to travel to the USA. He attended the Natural Products Expo in Baltimore in September 2016. The trade fair is also known in Germany as BioFach USA. On this occasion, the inventor of the INSECT RESPECT® quality mark also presented the English edition of his book „Why every fly counts“ as a preprint.
INSECT RESPECT® caused a stir at the BioFach trade fair, where the first biocides with the INSECT RESPECT® quality mark were exhibited on February 10 to 13, 2016.
After the first event in 2017 with more than 800 participants, the World Congress Building Green 2021 will take place again. Interested people from all over the world will be present from September 28-30, 2021 to hear the international expertise on roof, facade and interior greening with about 100 lectures in five parallel lecture series and to exchange ideas with other participants. At the invitation of the Federal Association of BuildingsGreen e.V. (BuGG), INSECT RESPECT® is designing a programme section on biodiversity (biological diversity, plant selection, species and insect protection).
As part of the course „Responsibility: Introduction to Business and Corporate Ethics“ by Prof. Dr Martin Booms, Executive Director of the Academy for Social Ethics and Public Culture, Dr Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was a guest at the University of St.Gallen on October 26, 2020. In his lecture „Practical insight: ‚Insect Respect'“, he shared with the students the role that business ethics plays in the creation and further development of Insect Respect.
Prof. Dr Harald Welzer, Futurzwei, invited Dr Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus to the online seminar on September 25, 2020 on the topic of „Imagineering: Why and how to develop and implement concrete utopias“ as part of a course at the University of Zurich. Dr Reckhaus spoke with Prof Welzer about the power of visions and presented Insect Respect as a concrete example for this.
The UPJ-Annual Conference took place digitally on September, 21. Dr Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was involved in two of the sessions:
In »Promoting Biodiversity: Corporate Commitment to Biodiversity«, Dr Reckhaus discussed with representatives from Nationale Naturlandschaften, Vonovia and the ‚Biodiversity in Good Company‘ Initiative:
- How can problem awareness be raised?
- How can companies reduce the negative impacts of their actions on biodiversity?
- What possibilities are there for responsibly acting companies and what opportunities do cooperations with actors from science, civil society and the arts offer?
The session »Business as usual or a change of direction: How can business models be made sustainable?« was dominated by the question of how companies can deal with major challenges such as the climate crisis and the Corona pandemic. Alongside Insect Respect, the discussion partners were KPMG, DENTTABS and the European Business School were also discussion partners.
- How can business models change radically?
- What role does CSR and sustainability management play in this?
On February 19, 2020, the Federal Government invited Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus and other stakeholders to an event to discuss the update of the German Sustainability Strategy. In Bonn, around 250 honorary and full-time actors from the field of sustainability came together for the fourth regional conference to contribute to the continuation of the German Sustainability Strategy. Reckhaus pointed out that sustainability in business should not be understood as cosmetics, but that business models must be fundamentally oriented as meaningful for people and nature. The Federal Government is continuing the German Sustainability Strategy (DNS). After the end of the regional conferences, the Federal Ministries and the Chancellery are now evaluating the collected contributions. The update of DNS is to be presented by the end of 2020.
At the fully booked business lunch of the IHK-St. Gallen spoke to Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus on Feburary 4, 2020 about the transformation of his business model from a biocidal manufacturer to a provider of ecological services. The present entrepreneurs were particularly interested in the reactions of the customers and business partners, as well as about the possibilities to green the company premises insect-friendly.
The loss of insects is discussed in the media, politics and the population. The Federal Government’s Insect Protection Action Programme follows the following measures: more money, more space, less chemistry, better light and more commitment. This motivates many people to commit to the preservation of biodiversity. At the meeting Insect repellent! Acting FOR Biodiversity in Rehburg (Evangelical Academy Loccum) was discussed how action can be directed in an effective direction. On November 26, 2019, INSECT RESPECT® initiator Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus,was one of the speakers in conversation with the journalist Joachim Budde: „Five years ago we were specialists in biocides, today we are specialists for insect-friendly habitats.“
The importance of insect-friendly green roofs was discussed in Baden near Vienna on November 13, 2019. At the invitation of the drugstore entrepreneur Dr. Christian Prokopp and the energy department of the municipality of Baden, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to discuss with more than 50 interested participants about the value of insects and the importance of roof greening in urban areas.
Deputy Mayor Helga Krismer, municipality of Baden, has kept her word and made her announcement of the event with Dr. Reckhaus and Dr. Prokopp in Baden on November 13, 2019: Baden will support green roofs and facades from 2020!
On November 11, 2019, a film team from Italian Television (RAI) spent a day of filming at Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG. For their report on the value of insects and solutions such as INSECT RESPECT® they also took pictures of the oversized cheeseburger, whose elements such as tomato, cucumber, cheese and bacon can be extracted to show that none of this would exist without insects. The programme is scheduled to air in January 2020.
The cheeseburger from INSECT RESPECT® can be borrowed as an installation with explanatory signage for exhibitions, museums and events.
The Association for Sustainable Economics in Switzerland (öbu) held its major conference „Forum ö“ on October 31, 2019 in Rüschlikon/Zurich.
An afternoon program section was about „4 business models for real corporate sustainability“. In addition to Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus from INSECT RESPECT® presented three inspiring personalities who have created an entrepreneurial solution to a social problem and successfully implement it. They also described what moved her personally and what the difficulties along the way are.
The audience asked Dr. Reckhaus, among other things, why the concept of INSECT RESPECT® patented – isn’t it just enough to save insects? „Many entrepreneurs want to make a lot of money and then add value to society with the profits. I think we have to think the economy the other way around: make money with meaningful things,“ says Reckhaus.
On September 26, 2019, the first economic summit took place in the Remstal in the Congress-Centrum Schwäbisch Gmünd. The motto was: „Global risks or huge opportunities on world markets? Success and sustainability for the Baden-Württemberg economy». There, Tina Teucher introduced INSECT RESPECT®.
The participants were very interested in INSECT RESPECT® and the opportunity to green their own company premises for biodiversity. For each ticket purchased, 25 euros went into new habitats for insects.
INNOSourcing GmbH invited Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus to its CXO event „Trends 2030“ in Glattfelden on September 11, 2019. The topic was the trends 2030: innovation cycles are getting shorter, entire industries are being turned upside down. Looking at tomorrow’s trends makes it possible to shape the future today. Reckhaus presented his vision of the future of the biocidal industry: „INSECT RESPECT® – Save the Flies“.
More than 300 participants from politics, environmental protection, horticulture, municipalities, economy, science and research came on June 3, 2019 at the invitation of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia to the conference Protect Insects – Preserving Biodiversity. The brochure of the same name provides background information on the current debate on insects. In addition to Prime Minister Armin Laschet and Ursula Heinen-Esser (Minister for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection in NRW), Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (INSECT RESPECT®), Dr. Martin Sorg (Entomological Association Krefeld) and Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel (Federal Office for Nature Conservation) spoke about their research and projects at the event in Düsseldorf.
Sustainability is the topic of the hour and was also the focus of the EcoOst St.Gallen Symposium. „Capital for Purpose“ was the title of the first event organized by the two Chambers of Commerce and Industry of St.Gallen-Appenzell and Thurgau as well as the St.Gallen Symposium. Part of the event was devoted in a panel discussion to the question of how companies succeed in overcoming short-term profit thinking. The guest was also INSECT RESPECT® initiator Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus to share his experiences with his fundamental entrepreneurial change. An event video reflects impressions of the event.
In April 2019, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of INSECT RESPECT®, was invited to an event of WWF Switzerland. Under the theme „The Companies of the Future – New Economic Models for Our Future“, three companies presented themselves at the „Kulturpark Zürich“, for which the common good is more important than profit maximization: Reckhaus AG, Dock Gruppe AG and Plant-for-the-Planet. For many companies, growth is the top priority and listed companies in particular are under pressure from their shareholders. Long-term concerns – such as environmental protection, social cohesion or the fair remuneration of suppliers – often fall by the wayside. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, Managing Partner of the Reckhaus Group, described how he is looking with INSECT RESPECT® for a new way to combat and conserve insects and how this affects his business. The video for viewing is available online (lecture Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus from 0:33:30 to 0:57:10; Panel discussion from 1:20:20 to 2:05:20).
The Monday Forum is supported by the non-profit association Education and Culture Forum Eastern Switzerland. This regular educational and cultural offer is a sustainable meeting place in the region. Recognised personalities and experts from Switzerland and the German-speaking countries are happy to accept the invitation to the Forum. The spring programme focuses on „responsible action between appearance and being“. On February 11, 2019, the biocidal entrepreneur Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to present the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval initiated by him. It gives retailers and manufacturers the chance to take responsibility for insect deaths.
Under the motto „Discover the Unknown“, the CONFERENCE TEDx Münster took place on November 2, 2018. In front of 800 guests, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of INSECT RESPECT®, spoke about his unusual story: In the past, he simply sold fly traps and ant bait. He is the boss of a family business with a 60-year tradition. But at some point he felt sorry for the animals. At TEDxMünster, he talked about how he became a champion of biodiversity, how he now saves insects – and thus created a new business model that turns the entire biocidal industry upside down. Click here for the video.
At the Congress values change contradictions – The new laws of innovation on December 6, 2018 discussed the principles of future economics in the „Alte Kämmerei Düsseldorf“.
The event shed light on what a new understanding of resources and values can look like and what strategies and potentials companies have that cultivate a creative approach to contradictions and detours. The topics discussed were attitudes and structures, the curious, open action in fields of tension and unusual forms of cooperation, as well as successful practice, which produces innovation and resilience in times of change.
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of INSECT RESPECT®, spoke about the transformation of his biocidal company from a manufacturer of chemical products to a provider of ecological services. The trigger for the company change and the globally unique balancing model was the dialogue with the Swiss concept artists Frank and Patrik Riklin. They initiated the counter-movement „saving instead of killing“ and in 2012 together with Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus implemented the action Saving Flies. Since then, the concept behind it has been continuously developed by experts and applied with numerous activities in research and practice.
How can we achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals together? On November 28 and 29, 2018, Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus participated for INSECT RESPECT® at the Think17 Summit in Bochum and, together with Jacob Kunzlmann of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, led a session on the topic of „Thinking forward partnerships: being successful, questioning business models“. The Congress raised the question of how the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved together.
On November 21, 2018, an impulse event on the topic of the unexpected took place in the monastery of Andechs: „From the lively handling of unexpected life events“. For Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, such an experience was the encounter with the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin. In his keynote speech, he spoke about„Every fly counts:How two artists unexpectedly questioned my business model and I turned my business around“.
In the workshop Biodiverse and pollinator-friendly landscapes Dr. Philipp Unterweger from INSECT RESPECT® discussed with other participants how the demands of the IPBES (World Biodiversity Council), the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Insect Protection Action Programme of the Ministry of the Environment can be integrated into German politics, which points are realistic from the experts‘ point of view and which are still missing. The event was organized by the knowledge transfer project INTERNAS of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Leipzig) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven). The event took place in the Leibniz Association in Berlin on November 12, 2018.
At the technical dialogue on the clarification of the facts on insect deaths, invited guests exchanged views on the question: „Is the thesis that insect occurrences in Germany have decreased by up to 80% in the last 30 years sufficiently substantiated? What is to be done?“. At the invitation of the IKU Dialogue Designers, Dr. Philipp Unterweger from the INSECT RESPECT® team, as well as representatives of agriculture, chemical industry, beekeepers, nature conservation took part in the event.
The 9th National Forum on Biodiversity on October 10, 2018 in Berlin was dedicated to the Insect Protection Action Program of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. Under the motto „Together effective against insect death“, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze discussed the Proposals for measures with representatives of municipalities and institutions such as the Nature Conservation Association (NABU), the German Nature Conservation Ring and the Council of Experts on environmental issues, German Federal Foundation for the Environment. Tina Teucher from the team of INSECT RESPECT® moderated the discussion on the proposal for action 9 „Promoting the commitment of society“. Subsequently, citizens were able to express their views on the BMU’s proposals through online dialogue.
What can entrepreneurs do about insect death? In order to learn more about opportunities for biodiversity on the company premises, the Ökoprofit Club Steinfurt invited Dr. Philipp Unterweger to Ochtrup on October 10 for an impulse. With his expertise in insect-friendly habitats, the biologist from INSECT RESPECT® proposed greening for the plain as well as roof surfaces.
On September 28, 2018, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus spoke as a keynote speaker at the Brand Day at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences (Conference on the Future of Brand Management). He talked about the development „From fly to INSECT RESPECT®“. In the subsequent panel discussion, the speakers discussed the questions: Do brands have a political responsibility? Or should they stand out when it comes to professing political color? Reckhaus sees political statements where the brand must have competence – for him it is the topic of „insect deaths“ and its causes. A Springer publication is to be created from the event.
Renowned speakers from business, politics, academia, associations and NGOs shared their current knowledge on September 11, 2018 at the IG FÜR (Community of Interests for Healthy Food) in Berlin. Under the title „Out of stock? What does biodiversity mean for our future as a society and for us in the food industry?“ representatives of EDEKA, WWF, WBGU, CSU, BUND and REWE, among others, illuminated various aspects and perspectives. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented „Economic Contributions against Insect Death using the example of INSECT RESPECT®“. An event video gives impressions of the conference – with a statement by Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus from Min. 2:30.
At the University of Hohenheim, experts spoke on September 10, 2018 about „Changes in biodiversity, monitoring and measures for the protection of insects“. The conference was the second insect conference of the DGaaE (German Society for General and Applied Entomology) and the DPG (German Phytomedical Society) as well as a satellite event of the 61st German Plant Protection Conference. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented INSECT RESPECT® as a way for a sustainable transformation of the biocide industry and the economy and discussed in the final round with experts from research and public authorities.
On July 2, 2018, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of INSECT RESPECT®, was a participant in a panel discussion with about 200 visitors at the Museum for Natural History Berlin. Under the moderation of Andreas Sentker (Head of Knowledge at TIME) he discussed with Prof. Dr. Josef Settele (Department of Biocenosis Research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)), Prof. Dr. Susanne Renner (Chair of Systematic Botany and Mycology at the LMU Munich) and Alois Gerig (MdB, Chairman of the Committee for Food and Agriculture).
Link to the event:
Panel discussion: How does nature get its voice back? (8.6.2018)
The building materials group HeidelbergCement organized an environmental forum in Leimen on June 7, 2018. There, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to talk about sustainability, the value of insects and change management using the example of INSECT RESPECT®. HeidelbergCement AG is committed to biodiversity, among other things, as sustainability manager Peter Lukas showed at the conference „The Value of Insects“ organized by INSECT RESPECT® and Bertelsmann Stiftung. His impulse „Insects in the Quarry – Biodiversity Management at HeidelbergCement“ can be viewed as text, presentation and video in the multimedia conference documentation.
On May 3, 2018, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented the idea of INSECT RESPECT® at Ökoprofit Bielefeld. In the merger of companies for sustainable management, the approach immediately met with appeal. Several company representatives announced that they would turn their brownfield areas into flowering areas – more than 35,000 square metres have already been promised.
WDR also reported:
OWL-Entrepreneur: Insect meadows instead of fallow areas (May 29, 2018)
This year, representatives of business, politics and environmental associations also met in Berlin on March 13 within the framework of the Dialogue Forum 2018 Companies For Biological Diversity. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, Managing Director of Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG and initiator of the label INSECT RESPECT ® gave an impulse lecture about the committed goal of INSECT RESPECT®. „We need a rethink, not only in the biocidal industry,“ says Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus. „Companies have a responsibility to do something about the loss of insects!“, Reckhaus is convinced. A special highlight for INSECT RESPECT® was the announcement of the membership of Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG in the Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative. Furthermore, the cooperation project Day of Insects was presented on March 22 in Bielefeld as a good example of the action platform „Company Biological Diversity“.
On March 22, 2018, after the fruitful conference „The Value of Insects“ in November last year, numerous committed people and interested parties gathered in Bielefeld again, discussed and networked. As initiator of INSECT RESPECT® and managing partner of Reckhaus, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented new cooperations and projects that stimulate changes in the way the six-legged friends are treated.
Reckhaus also invited the world’s leading organic trade fair BioFach in 2018 to discover the world from the point of view of insects (Hall 7-214). The stand „Care for insects“ was opened with a ceremonial opening. Over 1,000 visitors picked up a fly as a pin during the fair and carried the first sign against the insect extinction into the world. In his lecture entitled „How companies can stop insect deaths – a new way of dealing with insects and biodiversity“, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval, called for responsible entrepreneurial action. The development of new business models was specifically outlined. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus is the winner of the Swiss Ethics Prize and regularly lectures on topics of medium-sized corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Representatives from business, politics, environmental associations and civil society were represented at the conference „The Value of Insects“ on November 9. It was organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation and INSECT RESPECT® and stimulated discussions on the decline of insect numbers and biodiversity through various lectures. Social awareness of this issue was also a central issue. The conference documentation makes it possible to view the lectures afterwards and get an impression of the day.
On October 14, 2017, the NABU Nature Conservation Association held the 14th conference of the Federal Committee of Experts (BFA) Entomology in Berlin. In this context, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of INSECT RESPECT®, gave a lecture on the eve (13.10.) entitled „Our handling of insects – a rethink is necessary“. The following panel discussion was led by Prof. Dr. Josef Settele from the Department of Biocenosis Research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UfZ) in Halle.
At the INSECT RESPECT® Day of Insects on March 30, 2017, the most diverse actors on the topic of insects from the German-speaking region came to Bielefeld to present their projects and concerns and to network their research and public relations work. The hosts were INSECT RESPECT® and the Natural History Museum Bielefeld (namu). At the interdisciplinary event, science, business, civil society and laypersons entered into dialogue on the topic of „promoting insects“. A video about the Day of Insects gives impressions of the conference, a conference documentation makes the individual contributions visible in context.
In the series of events „Biological Diversity in Werther“, a wide range of speakers will examine the topics of biodiversity, genetic diversity, habitat diversity and ecological systems. On March 23, 2017, Stephan Liersch presented the INSECT RESPECT® project to an interested public at the citizens meeting place in Werther (Westf.), from its creation to the world’s first quality mark for insect protection with ecological compensation. The main focus of the presentation was the compensating areas specifically designed for insects and other arthropods, which make a high contribution to biodiversity, especially in the settlement and industrial areas.
From March 13 to 16, 2017, the Entomologists‘ Conference of the German Society for General and Applied Entomology (DGaaE) on the topic „Insects on Woods“ took place in Freising. Around 300 insect researchers from twelve different countries attended this high-profile international congress on insects and other arthropods. The 172 contributions also included Stephan Liersch’s lecture on INSECT RESPECT®, the world’s first quality mark for insect repellent with ecological compensation. The conference brought together scientists from all entomological disciplines and interested guests to discuss current research results, methodological innovations and strategies for meeting future challenges. The individual conference contributions are published in the „Mitteilungen der DGaaE“ (www.dgaae.de).
Under the title „Insect Diversity in the City – Properly Plan and Maintain Urban Green“ the 3rd Urban Plants Conference in Braunschweig took place on November 24 and 25, 2016. Based on numerous lectures, 65 participants discussed both biological, technical and planning aspects. The lecture „Insect-Friendly City Biotopes for the Compensation of Biocides“ by Stephan Liersch (biologist at INSECT RESPECT®) also found its way into the discussion. The focus was on balancing and building the compensation areas of INSECT RESPECT®. At the end of the conference, the participants prepared a joint recommendation for the ongoing White Book process „Green in the City“ of the German Federal Government, which also included the extensive greening of flat roofs with the installation of various structures in the style of the areas of INSECT RESPECT®.
On November 3 and 4, 2016, the 8th KulturInvest Congress took place in Berlin. More than 450 decision-makers from business, culture, politics and the media exchanged views at Europe’s most important forum for cultural providers and cultural investors. In the KulturLabor – Dialogue Forum for Economics and Culture, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus reported on the history of INSECT RESPECT® in his speech „Art as a impetus: How conceptual artists turned the business model of the Reckhaus Group upside down“. His cultural commitment was particularly emphasized during the eulogy of the 2015 Cultural Marks Award. This year’s forum was moderated by Bayer Head of Cultural Affairs Thomas Helfrich.
Under the motto „This is how the future works“ the business magazine brand eins invited to its annual conference on May 26, 2016 in Hamburg. The section on the world of companies dealt with changers, company turners, drop-outs and newcomers. Brand ein’s editor Jens Bergmann interviewed Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus about „swimming against the current: What do you gain if you question everything?“ In an interview with INSECT RESPECT® Bergmann learns, among other things, how the business model should work, how the market has reacted so far and whether the whole thing is more than a PR gag. The video of the interview can be viewed here.
The Green Summit on May 17, 2016 in Vaduz at the University of Liechtenstein was under the motto „Regional resilience: for a strong, resilient Lake Constance community“. The event connected companies from areas such as renewable energy, mobility, food, agriculture, the public economy – and other sustainable products and services with users, investors and media. In the theme „Sustainability makes you want more and less“, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus presented the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval with the lecture title „Love Your Pest“. Subsequently, the introduction of the Dr. Reckhaus Fly Disc in Liechtenstein took place in the pharmacy at the „Postplatz“ (Schaan). The Volksblatt Liechtenstein reported.
Culture and economy: Their relationship with each other has been repeatedly redefined and discussed in recent years. The number- and fact-dominated economy seems to be gaining influence. The Forum Culture and Economics asks for parallels between models for business companies and those from culture. Could they inspire each other or are they in competition with each other? On March 18, 2016, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus , initiator of INSECT RESPECT® – was able to give an example of good cooperation in front of 120 participants at the Forum Culture and Economics in Bern. In his speech about a „consequential art action“, he showed how the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin revolutionized the business model of his company and contributed to its sustainable transformation. The Forum was supported by, among others, Migros, UBS AG, Swiss Re and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.
With 12 top speakers from Germany and Switzerland as well as 50 exhibitors from the cultural and creative industries, come2016 impressed on 11. and 12 several hundred trade visitors in Coburg. „It takes courage for new things to emerge, ideas to grow and companies to succeed,“ said Karin Ellmer, head of the Design Workshop Coburg. „Courageous entrepreneurs“ was therefore the motto of come2016. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus from Bielefeld delivered the appropriate success story for this motto at his keynote speech. For the biocidal entrepreneur, art gave the impetus to fundamentally question his traditional business model and ultimately reorient it ecologically. He has also succeeded in this change of consciousness, as the story of the rescue of the fly Erika shows. In the meantime, Reckhaus is using INSECT RESPECT® to create compensating areas to compensate for the use of biocides and thus save flies at the same time.
At the congress „Opportunities for green economy“ on January 23, 2016 in Gelsenkirchen, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus spoke in his keynote speech about „INSECT RESPECT® – from insect killer to insect rescuer“. About 100 visitors took part in the event, which was hosted by BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN and LAG Wirtschaft NRW.
In the seventh Monday talk of the series Alliances between Culture and Economy of the „Platform Munich“ on November 23, 2015, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus and the Swiss conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin from the „Atelier für Sonderaufgaben“ presented their cooperation project Rescuing Flies in Deppendorf. In the course of the art action, Dr. Reckhaus underwent a 180° transformation from fly killer to fly rescuer, who will continue to work with his newly founded label INSECT RESPECT® for the ecological compensation of insects killed by biocides. Reckhaus received numerous awards for her commitment, including a nomination for the Kyocera Environmental Prize and the Industry Award Best of 2015.
On September 3, 2015, Saarland’s Minister for Economic Affairs Anke Rehlinger hosted the„Night of creative industries“ in Saarbrücken for the first time. The aim of the event is to promote dialogue and networking between creatives and actors from politics and business. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus from Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG opened the evening with the keynote title „Change of perspective in the company“. The business model and seal of quality INSECT RESPECT®, which emerged from the art action Rescuing Flies in Deppendorf, met with great interest from the more than 150 participants.
Does art have to be free and unusable in order to have a specific effect within society? What role models are there for artists and their supporters: Should artists be nice people? And should entrepreneurs, curators and collectors/patrons be altruists? This question was asked by the participants of a panel discussion on May 6, 2015 at the Rotonda Business Club Cologne, to which Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus belonged. The dialogue between art and business is now a matter of course. Nevertheless, on the other hand, numerous contradictions and misunderstandings remained, such as if Reckhaus himself, as an entrepreneur, was not taken seriously by his business customers when he pointed to an influence of artists advising his company.
Berliner Volksbühne (Green Salon), January 29, 2015: At the invitation of the brand strategy associations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was able to present the sustainable strategy of INSECT RESPECT® within the framework of the 1st International Strategy Slam . The econeutrale model was widely recognized by brand strategists in Berlin – as well as at the live stream events in Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich. In the competition for the Strategy Slam Award 2015, which was decided by applause, INSECT RESPECT® secured second place with only a decibel gap.
AT the annual conference of the Initiative For Cultural and Creative Industries of the German Federal Government, which took place on November 6, 2014 in Berlin, INSECT RESPECT® was one of the main topics. During a moderated panel discussion, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to explain his strategy of econeutrality to 450 personalities from politics, business and culture. In addition, a special good practice workshop was dedicated to the topic. Together with Frank and Patrik Riklin, Dr. Reckhaus showed how art led him to radical innovation and sustainable transformation.
The ESPRIX Forum is the leading network for business excellence in Switzerland. During the meeting for the presentation of the ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence 2014, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to present INSECT RESPECT® as a model example for „Sustainable Excellence“. The event took place on March 6 at the KKL Luzern in the presence of Swiss President Didier Burkhalter.
Is passion innate or a trait that needs to be awakened? Is it an individual or a collective phenomenon? As part of the panel discussion „The Diversity of Passion“ of the international think tank Forum d’Avignon Ruhr, INSECT RESPECT® was presented as a model case of lived entrepreneurial passion.
In November 2013, the Competence Center for Cultural & Creative Industries of the German Federal Government presented INSECT RESPECT® as a best practice example.
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus regularly gives lectures on the business model of INSECT RESPECT® at his alma mater, the University of St. Gallen (HSG). The audience includes international students, e.g. in the course series „Innovative SME Entrepreneurs“ or in the course series „Management in Europe“ on the topic of „entrepreneurial service management“.
INSECT RESPECT® & BirdLife Switzerland
With an urgent appeal to the adults, four young people from Wohlen AG showed their commitment against insect death at the 2nd Day of Insects Switzerland. The multimedia conference documentation with 22 videos, 13 presentations and 22 texts of the national and international speakers from research, politics, business and nature conservation can be found here. The event, organised by BirdLife Switzerland and INSECT RESPECT®, was attended by more than 300 people.
What are we doing to protect insects? The Museum of Natural History Berlin and INSECT RESPECT® have joined forces for this question. All visitors to the Research Museum were invited to immerse themselves in the world of insects on #TagderInsekten, and participants of the conference also received many impulses on the topics of insect repellent and insect deaths. For example, the director general of the museum, Prof. Johannes Vogel, confessed that the image from 5 to 12 for the protection of biodiversity was already a fine talk of the situation. Researchers and young entrepreneurs presented their results and projects and motivated the participants to network and stand up for the insects. Supporters of the event included the REWE Group, the hk group, AIM, Europarc Deutschland and HektarNektar.
The multimedia conference documentation summarizes the conference in pictures, quotations and short articles. In addition, the lecture videos and presentation slides are linked there.
INSECT RESPECT® & BirdLife Switzerland
INSECT RESPECT® and BirdLife Switzerland held the first Day of Insects in Switzerland on November 15, 2018.
Representatives from academia, business, civil society and the media were inspired by experts and the panel discussion in keynote speeches and exchanged views on insects and insect repellent in the World Café and the networking breaks. Together with other renowned insect connoisseurs, Dr. Betrand Piccard and Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren informed the participants about insect death, current developments and solutions. In addition to short summaries and impressions, the multimedia conference documentation also contains links to the event videos.
On March 21 and 22, 2018, INSECT RESPECT® organized the second Day of Insects in cooperation with the namu e.V. and the Global Nature Fund.
In action forums, a panel discussion and networking breaks, representatives from academia, business, civil society and the media exchanged views on insects and insect repellent. Short lectures by experts inspired the participants to new ideas and possible solutions. In addition to short summaries and impressions, the multimedia conference documentation also contains links to the event videos.
On March 3, 2017, INSECT RESPECT® organized the first Day of Insects in cooperation with namu e.V.
Experts from academia, business, civil society and the media came to Bielefeld for the interdisciplinary conference. Researchers on bioeconomics, committed people against light pollution, insect campaigners, conservationists, entrepreneurs and environmentalists exchanged views on the topic of „promoting insects“.
At the Hour of Insects on 2/11/2021, Dr Andreas Reinecke gave insights into the love life of cockchafers:
- Seductive: How these insects communicate with scents
- Destructive: How they discover host plants and use them for mating
- In practice: How (not all) research is applied
The Insect Hour on 11/18/2020 focused on:
- What we can learn from insects
- How our memory processes signals and patterns
- Why dancing helps you orientate without a navigator
The neurobiologist Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel has been head of the Neurobiological Institute of the Free University of Berlin since 1976. With his working group, he researches how honeybees learn.
Against the background of insect extinction, his studies aim to understand behavioural biological processes and to scientifically investigate the effects of industrial agriculture (with their use of pesticides) on insects. Among other things, he found out how the neonicotinoids (nerve toxins) used in agriculture promote a kind of Alzheimer’s disease in the six-legged animals.
The embossed professor has won numerous prizes for his work, e.g. the Leibniz Prize, the International Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience from the Fyssen Foundation in France and the European Science Prize of the Körber Foundation.
Online exchange format for all insect friends and enthusiasts
What can each individual do for insects? How can you get involved? The Day of Insects was originally created by INSECT RESPECT® to bring together people from all societies – science, nature conservation, politics, business, education, media, civil society and many more. In the joint exchange, each participant could develop, exchange or discuss ideas, as well as get to know or present projects.
As we were unable to host the 2020 Day of Insects live, we invited people to join in online. The six-legged animals need every two-legged person who stands up for them and their habitats. When, if not now?
Two hours, big impact: On 10/20/2020, the Hour of Insects was an interactive online format for all those who do not want to wait for „someday“.
- Getting to know concrete projects
- Exchange in groups
- Become an active part of INSECT RESPECT®, infect others and promote insects!
Participants presented their projects in small groups. The results, incl. a list of projects presented so up to now can be found here:
Download results as PDF
Frank & Patrik Riklin, Atelier für Sonderaufgaben (Studio for Special Tasks)
Gundi Diering, Deppendorf Dr Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, INSECT RESPECT® and Reckhaus
It has been eight years since the art campaign Rescuing Flies in Deppendorfcaused a stir – and to this day it is bringing about a change at the Reckhaus company. How things have progressed since then for the out-of-the-box thinking conceptual artists, the courageous villagers and the biocide entrepreneur, and what unusual dialogues can achieve (e.g. between art and business) – that’s what the Hour of Insects on 9/17/2020 was all about. Participation allowed!
- How art can change the way we think and act
- Why entrepreneur and villagers got involved in saving flies
- Where everyone can make a difference
On 8/20/2020, the focus was on these topics:
- Why there would be no ladybugs without greenflies
- What protects ecologically in the garden from / in case of infestation
- How environmental education helps insects
On, 7/15/2020, Dr Doreen Werner shed light on:
- Why midges are more valuable than we think
- How we can protect ourselves in harmony with nature
- What needs to happen in politics & society
On 6/18/2020, Dr Melanie von Orlow spoke about this:
- How to build insect nesting boxes sensibly
- When nest relocations are necessary
- Why we need more environmental education
- Exchange: your questions, ideas & projects
The Insect Concerto is a masterpiece with orchestra and original recordings of insects. Support the insects with your online purchase of the concert! All those involved, musicians, sound technicians, cameramen as well as the composer and conductor Gregor A. Mayrhofer did the production of the insect concert on a voluntary basis, so that the donations go entirely to the good cause:
The Value of Insects
Conference | Bertelsmann Foundation
November 9, 2017 | 11 am to 4.30 pm
Contributions from companies and society to the preservation of biodiversity.
More than 130 participants from business, academia, politics and environmental organisations took part in the event. A short summary can be found in the press release and in the conference video (3 min.).
More and more companies, organizations and politicians are recognizing the value of insects to society. But the decline in their numbers and biodiversity is dramatic. The meeting therefore discussed ways in which society and businesses can be made aware of the value of insects and how actors from business and civil society can engage with the six-legged friends and the topic of biodiversity.
The meeting brought together representatives from business, politics, environmental associations and civil society to learn from each other and to develop a common understanding of the role of insects in society and the economy. It stimulated discussions about who, in what role, can help to promote the number and diversity of insects or to address the current decline.
The event was organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation and INSECT RESPECT®. INSECT RESPECT® is an initiative of Reckhaus, which was awarded the „My Good Example“ award by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2017.
Lectures in original order on YouTube
Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
Federal Environment Minister a. D.
Dr Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus
Initiator INSECT RESPECT®, Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG
Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber
University of Münster
Dr. Heinrich Bottermann
State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection, NRW
Corinna Lampadius, Dr. Christian Schilcher, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, Karin Schrader
- Dr. Andreas Krüß (Federal Office for Nature Conservation): From Knowledge and Action
- Dr. Michael Ohl (Museum of Natural History Berlin): The Biodiversity Discovery Factory
- Werner Schulze (NABU, Association of Westphalian Entomologists): „Who takes the crap away?“
- Monika Hachtel (NABU, Partner in the REWE Project Pro Planet): Biodiversity Projects of the REWE GROUP within the framework of PRO PLANET
- Peter Lukas (HeidelbergCement AG): Insects in the Quarry – Biodiversity Management at HeidelbergCement
- Ludgera Decking (RSAG AÖR): Re-use of landfill land between ecological and economic interests
Moderation: Corinna Lampadius
Federal Environment Minister a. D.
University of Münster
Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen
Nature Conservation Association NABU, Partner in the REWE Project Pro Planet
Federal Office for Nature Conservation, BfN
Museum of Natural History Berlin
With Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer, sociologist
Insect death can be slowed down, enough knowledge is available, but there is a lack of culture! The cultural future of man and insect must be reshaped. That is why we are dedicating our next conference to a new cultural social approach to insects, biodiversity and nature. As a cooperation partner, we are pleased to have the Deutschen Kulturrat (German Cultural Council) and the Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft (Competence Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries) of the Federal Government on board.
Together with Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer (FUTURZWEI) we discussed on October 21 for the online start of the conference:
- How will we become nature lovers?
- Who will have shown us the way?
- What will have preserved biodiversity?
In order to get from knowledge to action, a different cultural understanding of nature and insects is needed. The sociologist Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer spoke about this in an online prelude to the Day of Insects with a focus on culture with Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (INSECT RESPECT®) and Tina Teucher (moderator).
Welzer mentioned many positive developments of civilization, which at the same time lead to a success trap. The Club of Rome had already shown the „limits of growth“ in the early 1970s – and almost half a century later it became clear that there had been no diversion, and that the individual’s brain answered the warnings with a „let the devil take the hindmost“ mentality: „When, if not now, can I fly to the Maldives again?“
It is therefore important to think out of Futur 2 („What will I have done beautiful and meaningful at the end of life?“) and to keep the good mood – especially when, like scientists and environmentalists, one deals with negative developments. For this, it can be curable to get to know the many good solutions that already exist – stories of good dealing with the world, as described by FUTURZWEI.
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In the following, INSECT RESPECT® has compiled the most important terms and keywords for you around insects and insect control. The glossary includes terms from the many years of experience of biologists and insect control.
The ability of organic chemicals to be broken down by microorganisms, removed from the environment and reintroduced into the mineral cycle; in the case of an active substance, an important part of the environmental impact and its related authorisation.
Population density or number of individuals of a species relative to their habitat.
Adult; life phase of an organism after reaching sexual maturity.
Everything caused, manufactured or influenced by man; e.g. man-made environmental problems.
In the (biological) classification, the lowest hierarchical stage that comes after the genus; within the genus Adalia, for example, the two-point ladybug (Adalia bipunctata) is a species.
measure of the diversity of animals and plants within a habitat or area; Part for the characterisation of the biodiversity of a habitat or area.
Animals belonging to the phylum of the arthropods, such as insects, crustaceans (e.g. duck mussels or crabs), centipedes and spider-animals (e.g. spiders, mites or scorpions).
Self-pollination; Transfer of one’s own pollen to one’s own stigma.
Transmission of pollen to the stigma.
Biodiversity; includes three areas: diversity of all species, e.g. plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms, diversity of all ecosystems (i.e. habitats and the interaction of species with their environment) and genetic diversity within species, e.g. different apple varieties.
Large, manageable geographical landscape unit (large habitat) with characteristic cohabitation of animals and plants.
Habitat of a cohabitation.
Chemically or biologically (non-physical) active substances and products outside the agricultural sector for the killing or deterrence of pests, lice, algae, fungi or bacteria; these include wood preservatives, antifouling products, preservatives, disinfectants, insect repellents and rat poisons.
2002 Act transposing Directive 98/8EG (EU Biocides Directive) of 1998; regulates, among other things, the authorisation procedure, labelling, packaging and advertising of biocides.
Regulation on the placing on the market and use of biocidal products; replaces Directive 98/8EG; includes nanomaterials and products treated with biocidal products; formulates new, among other things, exclusion criteria for the approval of active substances; introduces the instrument of substitution (exchange of hazardous substances with less dangerous substances) and the associated comparative evaluation of biocidal products; provides for simplified authorisation and Union authorisation.
In zoology, a defensive act to defend an insect reinforced with a venomous spike, mostly used by skin-flyers such as bees, wasps and ants; with the help of a sting on the abdomen, a toxic secretion is injected under the skin of the potential enemy; within the blood-sucking insects, mosquitoes, flies and bedbugs are also referred to as a sting, although here the skin of a potential host is pierced with aproboscis (mouth tool); in fleas, lice and ticks, on the other hand, it is usually referred to as a bite.
In entomology, the term for two completed generations per year.
General name for different infectious diseases caused by Borrelia bacteria in humans and other mammals; bacterial transmission is mainly carried out by ticks.
Salts and esters of carbamide acids; often used as insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.
An infectious disease caused by the chikungunya virus in the tropics, which causes fever and joint discomfort, among other things; transmitted by mosquitoes.
Chemical compound, insecticide and veterinary medicinal products from the group of pyrethroids; acts as a contact or nerve poison and repellent.
Infectious disease caused by the dengue virus in tropical and subtropical areas, which causes fever, rash, head, muscle and limb pain, among others; transmitted by mosquitoes.
Insecticide (contact, frass poison) banned in Western industrialized countries since the 1970s or restricted in its manufacture and use.
The appearance of plants and animals, which usually occur worldwide only in a small, specific and clearly defined range. In the case of diseases: increased occurrence in a limited region or population.
Non-profit, scientific association with the purpose of nurturing and promoting entomology as well as research in this field; often also publishers of corresponding magazines.
According to the Biocides Act and Regulation, biocidal products must be disposed of in accordance with the applicable waste legislation of the Union and the Member States; such information must be noted primarily on the safety data sheet, but also on the packaging, the label and the instructions for use.
Nutrient input into a (partial) ecosystem, often also related to nutrient enrichment and overfertilization.
In the biological classification, a hierarchical stage that stands between order and genus; within the order of beetles (Coleoptera) are, for example, ladybird (Coccinellidae), weevil (Curculionidae) or running beetle (Carabidae) individual families.
Harmful effects in waters on local fish, caused by certain chemical active substances or their conversion products; on safety data sheets and labels with the corresponding hazard symbol (dangerous to the environment).
Covering of the natural soil by buildings (e.g. asphalted roads, concrete disused places) so that precipitation can no longer penetrate and soil processes can no longer drain.
Unwanted settlement of organisms on technical surfaces.
In the botany, the name for the part of the stamp bearing the seed plants; also referred to as ovary.
Chemical or biological agent against fungi and their spores, which kills them or prevents their growth for the time of its effectiveness.
In the (biological) classification, a hierarchical stage that stands between family and species; adalia is a genus in the ladybird family (Coccinellidae).
Pure substances or mixtures of substances with a chemical hazard potential.
A total of efforts to protect all waters from any kind of damage.
Animal species, which includes animals such as insects, centipedes, crustaceans and spiders.
In botany, the term for the thread- or column-shaped connection between the stigma and the fruit node.
Developmental form in insects with imperfect metamorphosis and thus larval stages, which are already very similar to the adult animal; Absence of a pupal stage; e.g. in locusts, bedbugs, cockroaches.
Feeding on plants or plant substances; synonymous with the term phytophag.
Chemical agents that selectively or totally kill disruptive plants; also referred to as a weedkiller.
Form of development in insects with complete metamorphosis and thus different larval, pupal and adult stages; e.g. for beetles, butterflies, hymenoptera.
The body’s own, biochemical, low-molecular compound produced and delivered by special cells, which is usually transported via the blood to the cells of the target organ, which produces specific effects or regulation functions; also referred to as a messenger substance.
Association based in Frankfurt, which represents the interests of the agrochemical industry; member companies‘ business areas include plant protection, plant nutrition, pest control and biotechnology; the focus is on providing information on industry issues, in particular the importance of research and innovation for modern and sustainable agriculture.
Launched in 2012, the world’s first seal of approval for control-neutral insect repellent, which guarantees compensation for indoor biocides. On the basis of a scientific model, the damage to the intradomal fauna, mainly insects, is calculated and compensated by means of insect-friendly balancing surfaces, mainly extensive flat roof greenery with various structures. The seal of approval is an initiative of the internationally active biocidal company Reckhaus.
Insects are the most species-rich class of the animals and belong to the tribe of the arthropods. The tribe of the arthropods also includes crabs, spiders, assel spiders, centipedes as well as lesser known other classes. With just under one million species described, insects represent 60 percent of all described animal species in total. In German, they are also called „Kerbtiere“ (notch animals), because of their different parts of the body: head, chest with three pairs of legs, abdomen, chitin carapasse. They are thus different from the class of spider animals, which always carry four pairs of legs on the front. Among the most well-known insect regulations are hymenoptera (e.g. ants, bees, wasps), locusts, beetles, dragonflies, reticulated winged, earworms, plant lice, cockroaches, butterflies, bugs, cicadas and two-winged (e.g. house fly). Most insects are one to 20 millimeters in size. Because of their diversity, they now occupy almost every ecological niche.
Identification and naming of an insect by means of identification literature, photographs or comparative collection; requires special knowledge of the physique and biology of insects; can often only be carried out by specialists.
Decrease in the quantity and total number of insects; global phenomenon; Causes and extent are the subject of current research; among other things, poisoning and consequential damage caused by pesticides, overfertilization, land consumption, land use change and climate change; has far-reaching consequences, including the number of species and population sizes of insect-eating animals, food production and world nutrition.
Fatal collision of insects on solid surfaces; usually caused by fast-moving vehicles or fast-moving objects (e.g. wind turbines).
Deals with means and measures that serve to expel or kill insects deemed harmful or annoying to humans.
Means and measures to prevent, expel or kill insects deemed harmful or annoying to humans; range from physical (e.g. fly screens, protective clothing, fly clapping, vacuum cleaners, adhesive traps, UV lamps), to repellent (e.g. essential oils), to insecticide products (e.g. sprays, fracas lures, spraying agents).
Artificial reproduction of insects; usually related to feed animals, pollination, biological pest control, silk fibres and human nutrition.
Pesticide for the killing, displacement or inhibition of insects and their stages of development; also referred to as insecticides; often used in agriculture, forestry, stock and material protection as well as hygiene.
Collective term for all animals that can live permanently in buildings.
In the (biological) classification, a hierarchical stage that stands between stigma and order; within the stigma of the arthropoda are e.g. insects (Insecta) or crustaceans individual classes.
Over the last three decades, there has been an increased influx of heat-loving insects; often these immigrants come from the western and eastern Mediterranean; in other heat-loving species, which previously could have been found isolated or temporary in an area, has been an increase in finds and an expansion of the area. Many insect species also appear earlier in the year. Experts suspect that these phenomena are related to climate change. This development is particularly problematic for specialized and less mobile insect species, if, for example, their habitats change significantly due to warming or their distribution areas and forage plants no longer overlap. Mild winters can contribute to the mass occurrence of certain pests; disease-carrying insects from the tropics are also likely to spread further north; finally, the disappearance of certain insect species has consequences for the pollination of plants and the food of many other animal species.
A container made of threaded glandular secretions, with which certain insects and spiders envelop their eggs or spin themselves for pupation.
In zoology, the term for the early stage of development of an animal between egg and adult stage; differs in terms of shape and way of life from the adult (adult) animal; the most famous animal group with a larval stage are insects (e.g. butterfly caterpillar) and amphibians (e.g. tadpoles).
Name for an animal which is not a pest in the true sense of the word, but whose presence is perceived as disturbing, frightening or disgusting.
In toxicology, the dose of a particular active substance or radiation that is fatal (lethal) for a particular living being; LD50 is the drug dose at which 50% of the experimental organisms die within a given period of time.
Inclusion of authorised active substances in the Union list of authorised active substances; Annex I to Directive 98/8EG.
Common name for the larval stage of certain insects; e.g. for fly larvae.
The most common tropical disease caused by single-celled parasites of the genus Plasmodium; mainly transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles; also referred to as swamp or alternating fever.
Organism that feeds on materials of plant or animal origin, thereby damaging or destroying them (e.g. clothes moth, bacon beetle, fur beetle).
In zoology, the conversion of the larval form to adult (adult), sexually mature animal; in insects distinction between imperfect (hemimetabolic) and perfect (holometabolic) metamorphosis.
Developmental characteristics of the human head, which is coined with a comparatively smaller head size and a mental disability as a result; triggered by infection during pregnancy with rubella or the Zika virus, by chromosomes or alcohol consumption of the pregnant mother.
Chemical agent that kills molluscs such as snails; e.g. snail grain.
Product for the determination of a pest on a physical-mechanical basis; therefore does not belong to the biocides according to the Biocides Ordinance, although the product can also kill the harmful organism; e.g. yellow-coloured adhesive traps.
Preservation and long-term impact of an ecological, economic or social system; with regard to the well-being of future generations, this should not be used beyond its production capacity or exploited.
Insects feed on plant and animal substances; the food spectrum is so broad that there is hardly any organic substance that is not used by insects as a food source. Herbivorous (phytophagen) insects include, for example, butterflies such as the little fox, wood-eating (xylophage) beetles such as the deer beetle or dung-eating (coprophage) flies and mosquitoes; the carnivorous (zoophagen) insects include predatory species such as dragonflies, parasites such as the bed bug or aas-eating (necrophage) insects such as the family of bacon beetles. Many insect species are very flexible in their diet and have a different food source than the adult animals as larva; the latter often no longer eat food at all.
Sequence of individual living beings that are dependent on each other in terms of their diet: e.g. cabbage leaves are eaten by the caterpillar of the great cabbage white; this is eaten by a blue tit, which is then eaten again by a cat; however, a food chain is usually a complex network of different food relationships involving different animals and plants; then one speaks of a food web.
In botany, the name for the upper part of the stamp of a flowering plant is used to absorb the pollen.
Necrophage insects are those that feed on dead meat.
Free sensory nerve ending, which converts tissue damage (e.g. injury) into an electrical signal and can thus be passed on to the central nervous system.
Due to their evolutionary history, their close relationship with plants and other animals, their biodiversity and their adaptability, insects have become indispensable for life on Earth; they are central elements of the food webs, ensuring the survival of plants and thus the nutrition of humans and animals through their enormous pollination performance; they also decompose organic substances such as manure or foliage, thus contributing to the formation of humus and soil fertility; they also produce important products for humans, such as silk or shellac, and are used for medical purposes.
The name of organisms which, as natural opponents, counteract pests by decimating them or preventing their further propagation; play a central role in horticultural, agricultural, forestry and wine-growing crops; are an integral part of integrated plant protection, are specifically bred and released; e.g. ladybugs, florflies, wasps.
In the (biological) classification, a hierarchical stage that stands between class and family; within the class of insects are, for example, beetles (Coleoptera), locusts (Orthoptera) or cockroaches (Blattodea) individual orders.
Animal or plant organism that lives permanently or temporarily on or in another organism and thereby damages it.
Chemical compound, insect and acaricide from the group of pyrethroids; acts as a contact, food poison and repellent.
Chemical agents that kill, expel or inhibit germination, growth or reproduction of annoying or harmful organisms; also referred to as a pesticide.
The plant protection market (worldwide), which in 2015 stood at USD 51.2 billion; Shares for the USA, Canada and Mexico amounted to 18.3%, Latin America 27.4%, Europe 22.7%, Asia 27.4% and 4.2% for the other regions; the German crop protection market recorded a herbicide turnover of 636 million euros in 2015, a fungicide turnover of 711 million euros and an insecticide turnover of 134 million euros; for other plant protection products such as growth regulators, rodenticides or molluskizides, the turnover was EUR 111 million; in the case of plant protection products for homes and gardens, sales in Germany in 2015 amounted to EUR 65.7 million.
Chemical or biological agents and their mixtures, intended to protect plants and plant products from harmful organisms or to prevent their exposure; are also used to destroy unwanted plants or parts of plants, to inhibit the undesirable growth of plants or to prevent such growth.
Biological processes influenced by regular, periodic and natural developmental phenomena; e.g. sequence of the seasons.
Science of interaction between organisms and substances; also referred to as the teaching of medicines.
Chemical messenger for communication between individuals of the same species; e.g. sexual pheromones for attracting sexual partners.
Compounds with the chemical element phosphorus (P); for the structure and function of all organisms in central areas; important insecticides and pesticides.
Feeding on plants or plant substances; synonymous with the term herbivor.
Chemical active ingredient, which as a so-called synergist enhances the insecticide effect of pyrethroids without having an insecticide effect itself.
Often used in connection with a pest infestation or an epidemic; Old and New Testament motif (e.g. Ten Plagues).
Dust-like grains containing the male sex cells of a flower; also referred to as pollen.
In biology, it is the name of a group of animals or plants of the same species that live in the same place at the same time and can reproduce among themselves.
Living beings that regularly kill other living beings in order to feed on them; most of the time the predator is larger than its prey, but its population is smaller.
Measure to prevent adverse events or conditions.
In entomology, the term for the usually almost or completely motionless transition stage between larva and adult insect.
Integrated, environmentally friendly, sustainable and biological pest control in plant cultivation, where other plants are grown between crops that, due to their special properties (e.g. odour), distribute pests (push); plants are grown around the field which, due to their special properties, attract pests from the crops (pull) and may even decimate them; at the same time, these plants improve soil fertility and moisture, decimate weeds, contribute to erosion protection and serve as additional feed for livestock; the method was developed at the International Insect Research Institute icipe in Nairobi.
Synthetic insecticides with a similar chemical structure as (natural) pyrethrum and named after it.
Natural insecticide produced from the flowers of the plant genus of usury flowers (Tanacetum; Asteraceae); The main active ingredients are pyrethrines, cinerins and jasmoline.
In the (biological) classification, a hierarchical stage, which includes plants, animals and fungi, for example.
Name for an artificial or natural active substance which, by its odour, deters specific organisms without killing them.
Resilience of a system to malfunctions or changes.
Genetically justified or acquired resistance of an organism to harmful environmental influences (e.g. diseases, parasites, climate); pests, also against pesticides, bacteria and viruses also against drugs.
Directive on the placing on the market of biocidal products (EU Biocides Directive); concerns, among other things, the evaluation, authorisation, placing on the market, recognition of authorisations and the positive list of active substances.
Chemical agents in feeding baits or gases for the control of rodents.
Within nature conservation, a tool for documenting the danger and extinction of animal and plant species, species communities and habitats related to a particular territory or area.
Due to their special way of life, insects cause damage to plants, plant or animal material and affect other organisms with corresponding consequential damage (e.g. disease transmission, reduced milk yield in livestock); usually related to the food intake of the larva, less often also than adult animals.
Organism that harms human beings as a result of their way of life (e.g. impairment and destruction of plants, objects, materials, food); mostly used in connection with insects.
Profession or training in which pests are identified, their infestation analysed and appropriate measures taken to fight them; often also associated with advisory function; in Germany, three years of training; colloquially referred to as Exterminator.
Chemical, physical, mechanical, biological or biotechnical measures to control plants, animals and microorganisms considered harmful by humans.
Targeted release of organisms or viruses to decimate animals or plants deemed harmful to humans; often predators, parasites or pathogens are used for this purpose; e.g. cats, ladybugs, wasps, nematodes, Bacillus thuringiensis.
Targeted use of biotechnical methods to decimate animals, plants or micro-organisms deemed harmful to humans; the reaction of harmful organisms to key physical or chemical stimuli is exploited; these include e.g. UV light traps, pheromones (e.g. sex lures), hormones (e.g. growth, skinning hormones), modification of the genetic material (e.g. by breeding, irradiation).
Targeted use of chemical, toxic agents to decimate animals, plants or micro-organisms deemed harmful to humans; Pesticides, insecticides, rodenticides, molluscizides, fungicides or herbicides are usually used.
Holistic approach to pest control with the combination of various measures to anticipate, prevent and adequately combat a pest infestation and to combat appropriately only where it is absolutely necessary, targeted and limited to a certain extent.
Targeted use of mechanical methods to decimate animals and plants deemed harmful to humans; these include interception (e.g. collection, glue traps), defences (e.g. fly screens, fences) and deterrence (e.g. scarecrow).
Targeted implementation of measures to compensate for the intervention in the pester population; these include, for example, the creation of (replacement) habitats, targeted breeding and the release of animals.
targeted use of physical methods to decimate animals, plants or microorganisms deemed harmful to humans; these include, for example, cold, heat, radiation, vapours or acoustic signals.
Since insects do not have nociceptors, it is assumed that no pain can be felt; in Drosophila melanogaster, however, it is suspected that it has a gene associated with pain perception; Insects dodge certain stimuli (e.g. heat, electric shocks, chemical agents) which could harm them; Topic is controversially discussed.
Accumulation or association of living beings moving together at the same time; usually related to insects, fish or birds.
Animal fibre obtained from the cocoon of the silk spinner (Bombyx mori).
Chemical messengers or fragrances (pheromones) for attracting or sexualalycation of a sexual partner.
Instrument for providing safety-related information on a chemical active substance and its mixtures; summarizes all information and measures related to health, environmental protection and safety at work.
Animals that live individually or alone; as opposed to sociable creatures (gregary).
In the (biological) classification, a hierarchical stage that stands between empire and class; within the realm of (multicellular) animals, for example, arthropoda are a phylum; also called strain.
In botany, the name for the stigma, the handle and the fruit knot-bearing part of a flower.
In zoology, a defensive act to defend an insect reinforced with a venomous spike, mostly used by skin-flyers such as bees, wasps and ants; with the help of a sting on the abdomen, a toxic secretion is injected under the skin of the potential enemy; within the blood-sucking insects, mosquitoes, flies and bedbugs are also referred to as a sting, although here the skin of a potential host is pierced with aproboscis (mouth tool); in fleas, lice and ticks, on the other hand, it is usually referred to as a bite.
In zoology, an organism that cooperates with another in its life functions, both of which benefit each other; in pharmacology also a term for active substances that mutually reinforce each other in their effect.
The field of biology, which deals with the classification (taxonomy), the designation (nomenclature) and the determination of living beings; also includes the reconstruction of the tribal history of organisms (phylogeny) and the study of the processes that lead to the diversity of organisms (evolutionary biology).
Chemical compound and insecticide from the group of pyrethroids; acts as a contact or nerve poison.
Mosquito species, which is originally found in the South and Southeast Asian tropics and subtropics, but has been spread worldwide in recent decades; Chikungunya and dengue fever and the Zika virus.
Chemical compound and insecticide from the group of pyrethroids with a wide range of effects; acts as a contact or nerve poison and repellent.
In entomology, the name for three completed generations per year.
Position of a living being in the food chain or in the food web.
With regard to nutrition and food
An infectious disease in humans and animals caused by viruses, which causes almost always fatal brain inflammation; usually transmitted by dogs or bats.
Teaching of toxins, poisoning caused by them and their treatment; sub-area of pharmacology.
Overduration of seasonal low temperatures of animals and plants by appropriate adaptation mechanisms, usually in the form of special physiological conditions; numerous animals escape unfavourable climatic conditions also by hiking.
Chemical substances, mixtures or radiations which themselves or their conversion products affect the natural balance to such an extent that they pose risks to the environment (including water, soil, air, climate, animals, plants, micro-organisms); must be marked on products and material with appropriate information (e.g. with symbols).
Unwanted smaller animals that are perceived by humans as harmful, annoying or disgusting; often used in connection with arthropods, rodents, pests, lice or disease carriers.
List of active substances approved by the European Commission that may be used in biocidal products and treated products.
Legally required procedure before placing a biocidal product on the market throughout the EU and in just one step, i.e. without the need for national authorisation.
In entomology, the term for a completed generation per year.
In biology and medicine, a vector is a disease carrier. It transports a pathogen from the host to another organism without contracting it itself. The diseases („borne“) caused by such vectors include dengue, chikungunja, West Nile and yellow fevers transmitted by various tiger mosquitoes.
In biology and medicine, a carrier of pathogens that cause infections, e.g. mosquito, tick, flea.
Development phase within the holometabolic metamorphosis, during which an insect larva turns into a pupa after its last skinning.
Small, infectious particle that relies on cells from other organisms to reproduce.
An organism that parasites, pollutes, contaminates and makes it insoluble or completely destroyed; e.g. rats, mice, food moths, cereal flat beetles.
Substance which causes a specific effect with a specific reaction in an organism; active component of e.g. biocides, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and repellents.
In biology, an organism that is infested by a parasite and provides it with its own resources.
Foreign pollination; Transmission of pollen from one flower to the stigma of another flower; can be carried out by water, wind, animals and humans.
The virus, which is part of the genus Flavivirus, which is endemic to Africa and Southeast Asia, was first isolated and named after it in 1947 at a research station in the Zika Forest (Uganda); causes Zika fever and severe malformations in the embryo (microcephaly); Transmission by mosquitoes, through sexual contact and from mother to her own child.
Infectious diseases transmitted from animal to human or from person to animal; e.g. Lyme disease, rabies, dengue fever.
A statutory two-stage procedure before placing any biocidal product on the market; first stage: active substance approval with examination of all active substances contained (listing within the Union list of all authorised active substances); second stage: different alternative authorisation procedures, depending on the product concerned and also depending on the number of countries in which the product is to be marketed; Distinction between national authorisation, Union authorisation, simplified authorisation, each with the possibility of renewal and mutual recognition within the participating countries.
A statutory procedure before placing a biocidal product on the market in a single EU Member State; if the product is to be placed on the market in several countries, an undertaking may apply for mutual recognition of the authorisation.
A legally required pre-market procedure for a biocidal product that meets certain criteria laid down in the Biocides Regulation; products which do not contain active substances of concern for both the environment and human and animal health.
Obligation under the Biocides Ordinance, where biocide products may only be placed on the market, commercially or professionally, if they are authorised, communicated or recognised.