Eighteen more investment funds are now available on CAF’s Investment Account, with CAF also now having placed £100m of its own investments on the platform since its November 2016 launch.CAF has added investment firms Cazenove and Kames Capital to the platform, joining a growing list of fund managers including FP CAF, CAF UK Equitrack, Sarasin & Partners LLP, M&G Investments, Edentree Investments and Troy Asset Management.The CAF Investment Account lets charities research, manage and trade investments in one place, with no minimum investment amount. According to CAF, among the new funds are several exclusively available to charities, and some that are available at lower cost than funds usually available to small and medium-sized charities.John Low, Chief Executive of CAF, said:“It is encouraging to see that, in the short time since the CAF Investment Account was launched, there has been demand from further fund managers to make their funds available to charities through the account. CAF has now put a significant share of our own investments into a CAF Investment Account. This will vastly reduce paperwork and make our investments processes much more efficient.”Information on the platform and how to open an account is available on the CAF website. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 8 February 2017 | News 76 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 18 more funds available on CAF Investment Account 75 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Finance investment About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
“If the lantana in your landscape didn’t bloom this year, you probably had lantana lace bugs,” Braman said. “They’re normally on the plants, but this year they were there in much higher levels.” Lantana lace bugs are among the other landscape pests that survived and thrived during the drought. They feed on lantana and other landscape plants, causing the leaves to turn white. The drought reduced the population of another turfgrass pest, too: the two-lined spittlebug. “Young Japanese beetle larvae need moisture to tunnel and search for food,” Braman said. “If they survived in the drought to adulthood, then they needed wet areas to lay their eggs in, and there weren’t many wet areas to be found this summer.”Some need moisture, some don’t The tiny destroyers’ numbers are down this year because their life cycle relies on moisture. If it’s too dry, the larvae can’t complete their development. In the United States alone, controlling the beetles’ larval (grub) and adult stages cost more than $460 million a year. “They like it hot, but they need moisture, too,” Braman said. “So there aren’t as many around this year to harm centipede and zoysia grasses and holly bushes.” Not all landscape pests suffered from the drought. Some actually thrived. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s drought conditions may have the state’s farmers depressed, but it’s put a smile on the faces of crape myrtle and rose growers. While the drought withered many crops, it also drastically reduced the number of Japanese beetles munching on these and other landscape plants. “I consider Japanese beetles super bugs,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But their numbers were really reduced this summer, because they just can’t take it when it’s dry.”Costly to controlGardeners and landscapers view Japanese beetles as pests, so no one complained when the drought knocked back their numbers. Japanese beetles destroy plants by feeding on their leaves. As grubs, they burrow underground and feed on plants’ roots. They especially like turfgrass roots. Chinch bug populations in Georgia exploded this year as a result of the drought. “They like it hot and dry, and it definitely was,” she said. The bugs suck the sap from turfgrass, their favorite being St. Augustine, and cause the grass to wither, turn yellow and become stunted.Bugs prevent lantanta blooms