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"Fruit Fly Attractant the best luring substance to combat Drosophila suzukii"

Koppert's Fruit Fly Attractant, for use in the Koppert Drososan trap, is the most effective luring substance for combating this harmful fruit fly. This was the finding of a study by pcfruit, the Belgian centre of excellence in fruit research.The centre examined five different products including Fruit Fly.....

Developments in copper fungicides

First used on cereal seeds in the 18th century, copper sulphate became a standard routine treatment to prevent bunt on wheat through the 19th century. It was discovered by chance later that century that a mixture of copper sulphate and lime applied to vines, to discourage theft of the grapes, also prevented.....

Germany: Plant protection for herbs in the winter

What does plant protection look like in herb production in the winter? Are there any gaps in the use of pesticides, where the industry / legislator could offer improvements? Editor Therese Backhaus-Cysyk asked herb producers.Organic business works with small, preventive measures“As an organic business, we.....

Ghana: Tomatoes plagued by mysterious disease

The livelihood of young farmers at the Bandem Irrigation project is under threat as a strange disease has made it impossible for them to cultivate tomatoes for the past three years.The strange disease, according to the farmers, started attacking their farms in 2015 and though they have reported it to the.....

Hungarian university discovers copper-resistant biopesticide

Certis USA entered into a global Licensing Agreement with the University of Szeged in Hungary for a novel, patented biopesticide strain, Bacillus mojavensis strain R3B. Certis USA will develop, manufacture and market the novel strain as a biopesticide product for agricultural and horticultural uses.....

UGA Extension faculty present on pesticide safety in Vietnam

In the U.S., the most toxic pesticides can only be purchased and used by those who’ve undergone rigorous training. In some other countries, that’s not the case.Mickey Taylor, who coordinates Georgia’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, recently.....

"Prevention is the best way to manage greenhouse weeds"

Weeds can be especially troublesome in greenhouses. They starve plants of nutrients, water and light. They also protect insects, mites, rodents and other pests.“Not only are weeds a problem in and of themselves ... (but) many greenhouse weeds harbor other pests, including white fly, and may be an alternate.....

US: Hal Blackmore joins Marrone Bio Innovations as Territory Sales Manager

Hal Blackmore is joining the Marrone Bio Innovations sales team as Territory Sales Manager in northern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, effective January 11, 2018.Hal comes to MBI with over 38 years of experience selling both conventional pesticides and biopesticides across a wide range of.....

Biobest acquires equity stake in IVOG

Biobest Group NV has acquired a majority stake in IVOG biotechnical systems GmbH. IVOG is among the world’s largest manufacturers of sticky traps and rolls, a key tool for growers to put in place a successful biological control strategy. In 1983, IVOG was the first commercial producer of sticky traps......

Spain: Progress in research on plant protection hormone

Ángel M Zamarreño and Jose M Garcia-Mina, researchers of the Bach group of the Department of Environmental Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Navarre, have collaborated in a research led by the CSIC (Superior Council of Scientific Research) thanks to which a new pathway for jasmonic acid.....

Health Canada proposes some neonic restrictions

Health Canada is proposing some restrictions on the use of three neonic pesticides for horticultural production but they would still be registered for use on field crops such as corn and soybeans.Meanwhile the department will continue working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of.....

Jolanda Wijsmuller:

"Biological products won’t replace conventional crop protection"

According to Jolanda Wijsmuller, Bayer Food Chain Manager in the Netherlands, biological products won’t replace conventional crop protection. "They’re rather a complement to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. Farmers need a lot of knowledge on how to apply and implement biological products in their.....

EUR 45 million investment

Germany: Bayer inaugurates new greenhouse for insecticide research

Bayer has invested roughly EUR 45 million in the construction of an approximately 11,000 m2 greenhouse at its Monheim site with an adjoining laboratory and office building for insecticide research. Yesterday, it was opened officially. ModernizationThe construction of the new greenhouse is Bayer's largest.....

Guam: Funding secured to protect tomato plants

A University of Guam plant pathologist has secured funds to further investigate "Guam's favorite" tomato variety after a fellow UOG researcher discovered a mysterious yellow discoloration and deformity in its plants.Jesse Bamba, of UOG's Cooperative Extension and Outreach, brought the observation of.....