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Vestaron announces new VP Business Development

Vestaron Corporation announces that technology acquisition and business development expert Dr. Andy Renz joins Vestaron’s Executive Team. Andy has more than a decade of experience in international deal making for agricultural solutions companies – both from a multi-national corporation and a start-up company.....

US: FAQ regarding new Worker Protection Standards changes

Under the new Worker Protection Standards, pesticide applicators and handlers will be required to have and document their medical evaluations and fit testing in order to use pesticides that require respirators. The following are frequently asked questions regarding these new changes.What are the changes to.....

January 25

US: Webinar on controlling Spotted Wing Drosophila

Members of the Sustainable SWD Project will present a webinar online on January 25th at 12-1pm eastern time, highlighting information about control of the invasive insect pest, spotted wing Drosophila. The webinar titled “Making the Most of Your Insecticide Toolbox to Manage SWD” will cover research.....

'Electronic bloodhound' detects pathogens by smell

A new electronic bloodhound capable of sniffing out plant disease will shortly be available for use across the agricultural industry.Dubbed an E-Nose, the equipment has been developed by engineers and scientists to detect crop pathogens by smell weeks before any infection becomes outwardly apparent or.....

More pesticides than iron in Indian spinach

Spinach, well known for its rich iron content, comes laced with insecticides in Hyderabad as found by a study published recently by researchers from the Department of Entomology at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University.To carry out the study, researchers G Geetha and C Sreenivas,.....

"Future of automation in weed control is very promising”

Growers of specialty crops like vegetables, flowers and herbs have traditionally had limited options for herbicide-based weed control. Instead they have relied on costly and time-consuming hand weeding to protect crop yields. Experts writing in the most recent issue of the journal Weed Technology, though,.....

Spain: New laboratory to research plant bioinsecticide activity

Idai Nature, a company that manufactures unique natural solutions for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, without chemical residues, has inaugurated a new laboratory that will allow it to expand its capacity for innovation. During his speech, the company's CEO, Carlos Ledó, explained that the company is.....

Chinese growers attend Biobest IPM and Pollination seminar

Towards the end of last year Biobest held an innovative IPM and pollination seminar in China organised by Biobest’s Chinese distributor Jahe Yaso Eco-Technology. Attended by more than 60 growers, distributors and local government officials, the event was held at the Beijing offices and greenhouses of Golden.....

Neonicotinoid ban cost European oilseed rape farmers €900 million per year

The results of an ex-post assessment of the economic and environmental costs of the neonicotinoid ban in Europe were presented at a cross-industry event at the European Parliament in Brussels. The report found that the neonicotinoid ban has cost the European Oilseed Rape farming industry €900 million a year,.....

Albaugh launches biological seed treatment platform

Albaugh, a provider of crop protection products and seed treatment technology, announced they are launching a new biological seed treatment platform that includes a broad portfolio of biological seed treatments.The new BIOST biological seed treatment platform will deliver a broad portfolio of biological seed.....

Japanese company buys Monsanto seed coating rights

Japanese trader Mitsui & Co. has announced plans to purchase agrichemical business assets from Monsanto in a deal worth around $86.5 million, a move prompted by the dramatic realignment of the global crop industry.Mitsui will acquire intellectual property rights associated with Latitude, the seed coating.....

Hort NZ warns against stink bug and fruit fly

At this time of year, our top biosecurity threats are the brown marmorated stink bug and fruit fly; this is when they are most likely to arrive in New Zealand and attempt to take up residence."We can eradicate fruit flies if we get them early enough, although this is very expensive. We are not sure whether.....

U.S. lists Rusty Patched Bumblebee as endangered species

The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.One of several species facing sharp declines, the bumble bee.....

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US: BVT starts with large-scale trial in Florida berries

Bee Vectoring Technologies announced that it has entered into formal agreements with several leading US strawberry growers to conduct large-scale commercial demonstrations of its proprietary growing system. The demonstrations will begin this month in Florida.BVT has developed and owns patent-pending bee.....