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Phytopharmaceutical products (phytosanitary)

Phytopharmaceutical products (phytosanitary)

There is a lot of talk about plant phytosanitary products and this is an opportunity to take a look at the use of these chemical or biological substances in agriculture and the protection measures associated with them. Definitions A phytopharmaceutical product is a preparation containing one or more active substances for: protect plants or plant…

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From BCN  to BCRNE

From BCN to BCRNE

Called the BCN threat – Bacteriological or Biological, Chemical, Nuclear, – during the Cold War, we now call it the BCRNE threat –  Biological, Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive. Beyond the change of acronym, it is also a paradigm shift that has been achieved: the state threats “mass destruction weapons” have been replaced by the terrorist threats…

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Field tests for the detection of biological and chemical agents in the BCRNe

Field tests for the detection of biological and chemical agents in the BCRNe

The detection  First-aid workers may need to quickly identify the contents of a chemical and/or biological product spread on a surface in order to take appropriate protective and decontamination measures. This is the case, for example, of a white powder contained in an envelope. There are a number of systems on the market that are…

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Salmonella

Salmonella

Recent events regarding the contamination of infant milk with a strain of Salmonella in France, lead us to ask ourselves the question of the use of such bacteria for malicious purposes in the field of BCRNe for example. The Facts On 1 December 2017 an outbreak of Salmonella Agona in children was identified.  By 11…

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North Korea and Anthrax

North Korea and Anthrax

  The Facts North Korean deserters who have fled their country undergo a thorough medical examination while in South Korea. These tests are representative of the health status of the population. So in 2015, one of these soldiers had a very important intestinal parasitosis. The presence of roundworms about 27 cm long can be interpreted…

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Ricin: War and Terrorism Toxin (BCRNe)

Ricin: War and Terrorism Toxin (BCRNe)

Several recent scientific articles mention ricin again. Perhaps it is useful to remember its main characteristics and its place in the field of the CBRNE threat.   Definitions Among CBRN weapons, it is classic to distinguish between chemical and biological weapons. Chemical agents are gaseous, liquid or solid substances that can be used for their…

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Disinfectants

Disinfectants

A glance at history The remarkable conservation of the Egyptian artificial mummies is due to the fact that they were prepared with natron and essential oils with antibacterial properties. By preventing bacteria from developing these products allowed a remarkable preservation of mummified bodies.  Ramses II mummie (1304 av. J.-C. – 1213 av. J.-C.) Some definitions…

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