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Nigeria: Tray-and-lamp tech to end 'tomato ebola'?

Scientists at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan have invented a technology to reduce the impact of tuta absoluta, known as tomato ebola.The pest caused huge losses in tomato crop and scarcity in 2015, but technology using tray and rechargeable lamps may help farmers overcome.....

Australian seed industry defends CGMMV testing standards

The Australian seed industry has defended the testing measures used for importing vegetable seeds in the wake of the recent cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) outbreaks in Queensland.While Biosecurity Queensland has not released the results of the tracing investigation, industry speculation was high.....

New video series

Planting flowering habitat for bees

Many specialty crop growers are looking to incorporate pollinator habitat plantings on their farms to support bees, crop pollination, and yields. A new video series produced by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project will guide farmers through the process of establishing new flowering habitat for bees, from.....

UK: Russell IPM featured in BBC Interview

Pesticide resistance is a growing concern for the consumer, along with the uncertainty of the safety and quality of fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, the global need for food security and food safety is also contributing to a heightened interest in all-natural, pesticide-free or biorational products.....
April 4, Newark

US (NY): Worker Protection Standard & DEC Special Permit training

Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling.....

US: Greenhouse-raised wasps to fight Virginia creeper leafhopper

On-going efforts to arm wine grape growers in Lake and Mendocino counties with a biological weapon to defend their vines and fruit from the invasive Virginia creeper leafhopper will resume again in April when University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists begin releasing more tiny.....
April 5 & 13

NIFA hosts crop protection and pest management webinars

NIFA is hosting two webinars for interested applicants concerning the fiscal year 2017 Request for Applications for the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. More information on this funding opportunity is on NIFA’s website.The first webinar will address the program requirements and application.....

Australia: Melon growers told to stay clean to avoid crop diseases

Australian melon growers have been reminded that vigilance is the best insurance when it comes to protecting their properties from viruses.Attendees at the Bayer Melon and Watermelon Field Day at Griffith earlier this month heard a strong biosecurity message aimed at informing and equipping the industry to.....

Marrone Bio Innovations enters biostimulant market

Marrone Bio Innovations is expanding beyond biopesticides and crop protection and into the biostimulant market by commercially launching Haven Anti-transpirant for use in a broad range of fruit, nut and vegetable crops, in addition to corn, wheat and turf.Anti-transpirants are compounds applied to the leaves.....

More awareness for environmentally friendly production practices in Southeast Asia

The Cameron Highlands are home to a large concentration of greenhouse companies which have a big impact on the local environment. Think about runoff of irrigation water, discharge of nitrogen and spoilage of other chemicals and fertilisers which end up in the surface water. In order to reduce the use of.....

CAN (AB): Blue Book available for 2017

One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), the Crop Protection book, also known as the “Blue Book” in industry circles, is now available for 2017.“Revised annually, the Blue Book includes the most up-to-date information around crop protection,” says Mark Cutts,.....

Global IPM know-how benefiting Baltic growers

Biobest already has a strong foothold in the IPM market in Latvian and Estonian protected crops. As in other parts of the world, the trend to minimise pesticide usage is being driven by increasing pest resistance to conventional chemical actives, as well as rising consumer awareness of residues and demand.....

OSU teams up with Sokoine University to speed up IPM practices in Tanzania

On a normal day, Joseph Mbuji’s business is managing the production, harvest, and delivery components of his diversified Bagamoyo vegetable farm. But recently, he found himself delivering a lecture about his farm to an international audience at a Seedling Health Workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture.....

India: ICAR institute releases 465 biological pesticides

Farmers depending on chemical spray for protecting their horticultural crops can now heave a sigh of relief as a premier agricultural research institute has developed varieties of bio-pesticides which are sourced from natural resources such as animals, plants, bacteria and certain minerals. Bengaluru-based.....

Andermatt Biocontrol goes USA

With the establishment of their subsidiary Andermatt USA, Andermatt Biocontrol is taking an important step forward in the US market.The foundation of the Andermatt USA subsidiary helps to increase market penetration and to secure long-term success in a fast-changing market. With the approval and successful.....

US: Syngenta offers insecticide for specialty and vegetable crops

Syngenta announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered and approved Minecto Pro insecticide for use in specialty and vegetable crops to control lepidopteran pests as well as sucking/rasping/chewing pests like mites, whiteflies, psyllids, thrips and Colorado potato beetles.“Minecto.....

Netherlands & Myanmar partner on pesticide registration

A partnership programme between the Governments of Myanmar and the Netherlands was initiated. This programme focuses on crop protection approaches and the reduction of pesticide risks. Under the umbrella of this programme, a two year project on pesticide registration started in April 2016. In the project the.....

Reducing crop protection with Nokia

EIT Digital has launched work to develop a new Smart IOT Application Development (SIOTAD) framework primarily aimed at the agricultural industry. Pilot studies are about to get under way for the framework, which is designed to reduce the use of phytosanitary products through IoT, Big Data and 5G innovations......

Hazera launches new crop disease apps

Hazera is sharing its extensive crop knowledge through innovative crop disease applications for smartphones, starting with apps on onion and brassicas (cabbage). These renewed apps contain extensive information on diseases and disorders, and are a valuable tool for each grower holding a smartphone, at home,.....

Integrated organic pest management more on the radar than ever before

Fight fire with fire. This is also the case for pest and diseases in horticulture. And especially now that the range with conventional solutions declines at rapid pace due to stricter regulations, organic integrated pest management is more on the radar then ever before. This was also a reason for UK.....

US (NJ): Planning for Pepper Weevil

There have been almost no infested pepper fields since 2014 in southern New Jersey. However, pepper weevil remains a potential threat to pepper crop. Despite new chemistries, insecticidal control of the weevil is not possible once an infestation is established.Vegetable processing plants and repackers that.....

New UF/IFAS scientist uses tech against invasive species

Carey Minteer, a research professor with expertise in the use of biological controls to manage invasive plants, has joined the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida has the most invasive species in the country, with 28 ports of entry, including seaports, airports and.....

30-minute DNA test for Clavibacter detection in tomato

Agdia has developed a rapid and user-friendly DNA test kit, based on their AmplifyRP XRT platform, an isothermal amplification method, for detection of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm) in tomato.Cmm, the causal agent of bacterial canker of tomato, is a devastating disease that can result.....

Environmentally-friendly pest control strategies potentially conflicting

If used in the wrong combination, environmentally and health-friendly pest control strategies might actually increase crop pest populations. A new European research project, led by UvA researcher Merijn Kant, will put this counter-intuitive idea to the test.Pests on agricultural crops can be a serious.....

UK growers better equipped for diamondback moth outbreaks

Growers are better equipped than before to deal with outbreaks of diamondback moth (DBM), as baselines for their susceptibility to chemical control have now been identified.But the UK industry is warned to expect large numbers of the pests in future, delegates at an AHDB Horticulture workshop.....

Bayer, Syngenta clash with EU over bees

Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, two of the agrichemical giants trying to win the European Commission’s blessing for deals reshaping the global industry, clashed with the EU over bans on insecticides that regulators blame for killing honeybees.The EU action not only damages farmers, the agricultural industry and.....

CAN (ON): Enhancing naturally-occurring microbes to aid greenhouse growers

Healthy growing conditions are critical to the success of any crop, and chemicals designed to help plants grow and resist disease are common, useful tools for farmers – whether growing conventional, organic, indoor, or outdoor crops.Metagenom Bio Inc., however, is one company trying to help growers reduce.....

UK: AHDB EAMU programme generates 12 new notifications

The following Extensions of Minor Use (EAMUs) were issued in January 2017 with the involvement of AHDB Horticulture in order to support UK horticulture production:Field vegetables'Eribea' (M17270) for the control of flea beetle and caterpillar on choi sum, collard, kohlrabi & oriental cabbage - EAMU.....

Ontario producers help dispose of 125,981 kg in pesticides

Farmers in Ontario helped dispose of more than 125,981 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides through CleanFARMS’ 2016 collection campaign.In 2013, the last time the program came to the province, farmers disposed of more than 128,000 kg of product with livestock medication included.“Ontario farmers.....

UF/IFAS Extension adds invasive insect specialist

Garima Kakkar is joining the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to help the state fight invasive pests. Kakkar, an expert in invasive insects, is a UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Multicounty Agent.Kakkar has a diverse range of experience in managing pest insects, and will.....

Alien species on the rise worldwide

The increase in numbers of alien species does not show any sign of saturation at a global level, an international team of 45 researchers led by scientists from Senckenberg, Germany, and University of Vienna, Austria, has discovered. They found that during the last centuries the number of new introductions.....

University of Guelph honeybee, soil research projects get $1.4 million

Protecting dwindling honeybee populations and improving soil health are the goals of two University of Guelph initiatives that received more than $1.4 million in federal support.The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded Strategic Partnership Grants to Prof. Rod Merrill, Department.....

Ferdi van Elswijk joins Koppert North America:

US: Koppert adds hydroponic veg crop team manager

As Koppert celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it looks to the next 50 years of growth. With the recent addition of Ferdi van Elswijk, Koppert continues to strengthen its technical support to clients. Ferdi brings with him over a decade of experience inside greenhouses, to an already existing team of.....

Biorationals deliver nematode control in carrots and parsnips

As industry calls for more alternative nematode control options in carrot and parsnip crops, results of a recent grower survey suggest that good nematode control can be achieved through the use of biorational products.The survey conducted on behalf of Certis UK indicated that the lack of options available to.....

Australia: Biosecurity advice for tomato potato psyllid

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia is undertaking surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens in the Perth area, following the suspect detection of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli).This psyllid is an insect that attacks a range of plants in the Solanaceae family.....

US (NY): Rat czar Robert Corrigan earns IPM award

For Robert Corrigan the moment was pivotal. Enchanted from childhood by the story of iconic oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Corrigan enrolled at the State University of New York at Farmingdale with one dream: to be the next Cousteau. That changed the day biology professor Austin Frishman was a.....

DuPont settles for $670.7 million over water contamination

Douglas & London, P.C. has announced a $670.7 million settlement in principle to address approximately 3,500 claims against DuPont and Chemours for injuries sustained by the chemical giant's contamination of the water supply near their Parkersburg, West Virginia plant with perfluorooctanoic acid, also.....
Michigan Farm Bureau:

"EPA risk assessment threatens important pesticides"

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued draft ecological risk assessments for 27 pesticides that is raising alarm among farmers nationwide. The list includes a large number of chemicals known as pyrethroids and are made available by AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, FMC, Syngenta and Valent.“EPA’s assessment.....

Tomato potato psyllid pest has arrived in Australia

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) reported that it is conducting surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens following the detection of the tomato potato psyllid vegetable pest in the Perth area.Department acting chief plant protection officer, Sonya Broughton, said.....
February 23

Marrone Bio Innovations to hold bioinsecticides webinar

Marrone Bio Innovations, in conjunction with Western Farm Press, is conducting a webinar on bioinsecticides on February 23, 2017, 11am PT/1pm CT/2pm ET.As biopesticides have been used and studied over time, scientists and growers better understand how to deploy and use these effective microorganism-based.....
Regev

Stockton introduces its first hybrid fungicide

Stockton STK, specializing in the development and marketing of botanical based biopesticides, has announced Regev, its first ever Hybrid fungicide, obtained registration from the Ministry of Agriculture in Israel for the control of fungal plant diseases.Botanical-based biopesticides are known to offer a.....

Italy: Biofactory produces beneficial insects in Ramacca

Cultivating produce using biological cultivation methods is increasingly popular, especially in central and northern Europe. Italian consumers seem to have become more aware about issues such as biodiversity, nutraceutics and, more generally, a more ethical and eco-sustainable lifestyle.Biologica l or.....

Cornell hosts Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM webinars

Cornell University will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March. The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:Feb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility, media as they relate to.....

US: NC State researchers look into crop-insect interaction

A group of biology researchers want "citizen scientists" to participate in a study of which insects and microbes visit specific crops in different geographical areas. Called the "Great Pumpkin Project," the study, which includes NC State researchers, will help document geographic variation in the insects and.....

DuPont may sell off crop protection business

Dow and DuPont have offered to sell assets to ease EU competition concerns that their planned $130 billion merger may lead to farmers facing higher prices and fewer new herbicides and pesticides in the future.The companies submitted concessions to the European Commission on Feb. 7."The remedies include.....

These crops are insect magnets in the greenhouse

Some crops are notorious insect magnets for certain insects, like Mandevilla is for spider mites. Every year, the pest pressure in greenhouses fluctuates with many factors. West Michigan IPM, who provides scouting services to clients in west Michigan, has put together a list of common greenhouse insects and.....

Canada starts random testing of MMJ for pesticides

Recently, two licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes undertook voluntary recalls of cannabis products that contained low levels of prohibited pest control products (myclobutanil/bifenazate/pyrethrins). Under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), licensed producers are.....

Biobest to introduce PMV-01 in new markets:

Approval to treat Pepino Mosaic Virus in Austria, Hungary and Poland

Good news for tomato growers in Austria, Hungary and Poland. The authorities in these three countries have now approved the use of PMV-01 against Pepino Mosaic Virus in tomato under regulation (EC) N°1107/2009. Biobest, in collaboration with its local distribution partners, will commercialize the first and.....

BioClay - a game changer in crop protection?

A University of Queensland team has made a discovery that could help conquer the greatest threat to global food security – pests and diseases in plants.Research leader Professor Neena Mitter said BioClay – an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemicals and pesticides – could be a game-changer for.....

"Hydroponic berry industry needs to consider IPM"

With soaring demand for berry fruit around the globe, Nuffield Scholar Wade Mann is urging growers to consider integrated pest management strategies (IPM).The 2015 Nuffield Australia Scholarship winner explored and assessed IPM strategies globally to identify emerging and innovative technologies available.....

Seminar video:

Creating a scouting app for greenhouse insect pest management

In case you missed Monday’s seminar of Cornell's Horticulture Section, Creating a scouting app for greenhouse insect pest management with Elizabeth Lamb, NYS IPM Program, it is now available online.Source: Cornell University

Nigerian farmers find solution for tomato pest

According to tomato farmers in Dantankari, Katsina State, they have found a solution for the dreaded tomato disease known as tuta absoluta, locally known as ‘tomato ebola’ that ravaged farms in the state.Daily Trust had, in June 2015, reported how tomato production in the country was severely hit by an.....

Australia: More than $1.2 million in chemical grants

An estimated 7000 produce and nursery growers across Australia stand to benefit from increased access to chemicals after Horticulture Innovation Australia today secured more than $1.2 million in agriculture research grants.Horticulture Innovation Australia Chief Executive John Lloyd said the organisation was.....

New study shows how plants fight off disease

A University of Queensland-led study has highlighted the minute details of how the plant’s immune system leads to its ability to resist disease.UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre researcher Professor Bostjan Kobe said the finding was.....

Certis Europe acquires Latitude from Monsanto

Mitsui & Co., Ltd has now finalised the agreement to acquire all the assets related to Monsanto’s Latitude business, including trademarks, registrations and manufacturing knowledge. Latitude products are specialised fungicide seed treatments, used mainly for wheat and barley, which allow growers and seed.....

US (CA): Judge rules glyphosate is possible cancer threat

California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the.....

Sweden: Biological control and the food production of the future

Mariann Wikström from the Agro Plantarum was invited by the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences to talk about the BIOCOMES project during their theme day: biological control and the food production of the future.In her presentation Wikström described the different research projects she works on for.....
The goal is to maintain the low prevalence status

Mexico: Tamaulipas releases 40 million sterile flies per year

The citrus industry in the downtown area of Tamaulipas was put at risk by the presence of pests such as the fruit fly, exotic flies, the tristeza virus, and the red spider. As a result, producers work hard to keep them at bay and to prevent the Yellow Dragon disease."Every year, as part of the campaign.....

How do you develop biological pesticides?

Working with partners from the EU BIOCOMES project, Wageningen University & Research has organised a workshop from 17 to 19 January about successfully developing biological pesticides using micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, nematodes). The workshop will be held at the German biological crop protection.....

What will happen to Plant Health and Plant Protection Product regulations after Brexit?

What the future may hold for Plant Protection Products (PPPs) in the UK is explored in the latest edition of AHDB’s Horizon reports. The new AHDB report published today looks at the various pieces of legislation impacting the use of PPPs in the UK and puts forward four broad options for post-Brexit.....

Marrone and Nufarm join forces in bioinsecticide creation

Marrone Bio Innovations and Nufarm Australia announced the signing of a commercial agreement to develop Grandevo Bioinsecticide, with Nufarm to be the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).Grandevo is a new generation product that helps growers effectively protect their crops against.....