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US (OK): $175K EPA grant to support pesticide safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $174,814 to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts. The department has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal.....

Mini Sprayer updated for smaller sized greenhouses

IDM Agrometal has updated its offerings of spraying equipment with a new mini sprayer. The sprayer is very suitable for smaller farms or greenhouse operations with narrow plant rows.The sprayer comes available in the 200 version with a width of 55 cm and a 300 version in a width of 65 cm.The Mini Sprayer.....

UK: Plater Bio introduces chitosan made from fungi

Following a year of successful trials Plater Bio is now manufacturing a natural ingredient called chitosan, extracted from specially cultured fungi. This makes Plater Bio the only manufacturer of fungal chitosan outside of China.Chitosan is suitable for organic usage, allowing organic farmers access to an.....

Holland: Tomato russet mite requires vigilance

Aculops or tomato russet mite is a difficult pest to get rid of for many tomato growers. Last year, the reduced effectiveness of Oberon resulted in infestations that surprised a lot of Dutch growers.Growers with supplemental lighting in many cases already have the pest in their current cultivation, and also.....

Risk and spread of plant viruses

Plant viruses can cause many diseases in our crops. The effects of viruses can range from discolorations and deformities – which make products less valuable or worthless – to loss of the plant.But virus infection can also be symptom-free; in that case the host plant appears to be healthy. However, undetected.....

US (CA): Do's and don'ts of cannabis and crop protection

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) regulates the sale and use of pesticides in California, including use on cannabis. The Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2016 and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act further require DPR to provide guidelines for the use of pesticides in the cultivation of.....

US: Stockton and Seipasa enter long-term partnership

Stockton STK and Seipasa have entered a long-term partnership in the United States for exclusive distribution and co-development on the patented strain of Bacillus subtilis, a rhizosphere bacterium that quickly establishes beneficial colonies on the plant’s roots and leaves.The unique strain of Bacillus.....

"Integrated Pest Management may take a mind shift"

‘In traditional, synthetic pest management, farmers and product specialists are used to thinking in efficacy rates of 95% or more. In biological products, however, efficacies of around 50% are not uncommon’, says Samuel Stüssi, department manager and consultant at Andermatt Biocontrol, Switzerland. ‘So, when.....

US (ID): Researchers test sterile litchi tomato as nematode ‘trap crop’

Researchers are conducting field trials with a new, sterile version of litchi tomato — a “trap crop” that stimulates hatching of destructive pale cyst nematodes in the absence of a viable host.PCN, a microscopic worm that can survive in soil for decades without a host and dramatically reduces potato yields,.....

US: Fourth report of CDM on cucumber in New Jersey

Cucurbit downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in northern New Jersey (Hunterdon County) in the cucurbit downy mildew sentinel plot at the Snyder Research and Extension Farm in Pittstown. This is the fourth report of CDM on cucumber in New Jersey this growing season. No other cucurbit crops were.....

Biobest makes side effects easier to find

Growers can now consult the rich Biobest database even more easily through an updated webpage and smartphone app. The list is available in seven languages and can be consulted at: www.biobestgroup.com/en/side-effect-manual. You can download the new Biobest Side Effect Manual app for free in the AppStore and.....

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Biobest launches Bluestim in the USA

Biobest Group is launching Bluestim into the USA Market. Bluestim is a new plant anti-stress agent that will be featured at Biobest’s booth during the Cultivate’17 show, in Columbus, Ohio (July 15th-18th).“Developed by Lallemand Plant Care, Bluestim enhances crop performance under environmentally stressful.....

EFSA proposes new values for crop protection

EFSA has published new guidance on dermal absorption of plant protection products (PPPs). The guidance proposes default values to be used in the absence of experimental data for the risk assessment of active substances used in PPPs.The document, which updates the guidance published by EFSA in 2012, was.....

Ascomax and Acadian BioSwitch launched in China

Acadian Plant Health (APH), a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL), announces new partnerships, greater in-field support and the launch of its biostimulants and Acadian BioSwitch technology in the Chinese market. This launch furthers the company’s commitment to providing proven grower solutions within.....

Belgian universities to develop agricultural biologicals

VIB, Ghent University and KU Leuven have launched a new spin-off: Aphea.Bio. This new company will develop sustainable agricultural products based on natural microorganisms to increase crop yields and to protect them against specific fungal diseases. Thanks to a successful Series A financing round and an.....

Why does bee health matter?

A colony of healthy honey bees is like a superorganism—individual bees provide the cohesiveness and interplay among its cells and tissues by delivering pollen and nectar containing nutrients necessary for growth and survival. Better nutrition gives the colony a strong immune system and the means to stay.....

Monsanto and Atomwise collaborate on AI crop protection

Monsanto and Atomwise have formed a research collaboration to increase the speed and probability of discovering and developing new crop protection products using artificial intelligence.“Each growing season, farmers around the world are challenged with yield-robbing pests and diseases, yet the average crop.....

Effective pest control in tomato starts with effective monitoring

"Whitefly is the number one problem in glasshouse tomato production in Western Europe,” says Sam Gui, IPM and Pollination Specialist at Biobest. “Whitefly populations should therefore be accurately monitored from the very start of the crop cycle using traps. Our Bug-Scan yellow sticky traps in the tomato.....

Positive influence of biochar and chitin additives in strawberry and lettuce

The addition of biochar and chitin to the soil can control the bacterial community around plant roots, according to a doctorate research by ILVO-UGent researcher Caroline De Tender.Through genomics techniques, she examined the control capacity of these two soil additives to more micro-organisms that are.....

"Biodiversity is the basis for Integrated Pest Management"

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is now the norm in agriculture and horticulture. All stakeholders – national and European government agencies and public bodies, agriculture and horticulture organisations, businesses, universities and research institutes – agree with this statement. "More biodiversity and.....

Manage disease to help produce tomato fruit

Diseases like powdery mildew and black mold impact tomato crops by destroying leaf tissue and reducing energy that could otherwise be used in fruit development.In addition, the loss of foliage leaves fruit more susceptible to sun damage. Fungicide applications can help control disease and can be applied.....

Isagro USA to market Vestaron’s Spear-T

Isagro USA has signed an agreement to market Vestaron’s Spear-T biological insecticide for use on greenhouse vegetables in the United States.Under the terms of the agreement, Isagro will immediately begin marketing Spear-T in the USA for the control of the greenhouse vegetable industry’s toughest pests -.....

Huub Winters, Biopol

NL: "Higher production and better quality begins with balance"

Each grower is visited by a multitude of different advisors, each with their own advice in their field of expertise. Each advice on its own is a good advice, but Huub Winters of Biopol is of the opinion that growers must cultivate with the system concept in mind and the different advisors should aim for a.....

Videos: Flea beetles and swede midge in vegetables

The CCE Cornell Vegetable Program has created 2 new, short videos about common vegetable pests: flea beetles and swede midge.Flea beetles are a common vegetable pest affecting peppers, cucurbits, sweet potato, potato, peas, beans, beets, tomato, corn, turnip, pumpkin, melon, eggplant, and others. This short.....

Australia: Syngenta recalls 60,000 litres of Gesagard

A major herbicide recall is under way, sparking concerns Australia’s clean and green vegetable industry could be in jeopardy.The Weekly Times reports agrochemical giant Syngenta is recalling 60,000 litres of Gesagard, one of the most common herbicides sprayed on Australian vegetables — including carrots,.....

US (IA): How to tackle magnesium deficiency symptoms

Iowa is finally getting some nice warm, in some cases hot, sunny days. This reigns in the importance of irrigation and supply of nutrients to plants for rapid growth and development. Nutrient deficiencies often show up with rapid plant growth. One that's being observed now is magnesium deficiency.A typical.....

Spain: Way to prevent fungi from infecting plants discovered

A group of researchers from the University of Cordoba (UCO) has discovered the most effective way to manipulate the structure of a pheromone that makes it possible to prevent fungal infections in plants. The finding was made possible thanks to the work of postdoctoral researchers David Turrá and Stefania.....

Meet Stacy Morrison, Assistant Manager of IPM at Backyard Farms

Stacy started working at Backyard Farms in 2011 after graduating from Unity College in Unity Maine where she double majored in Wildlife and Sustainable Agriculture. Originally from Dekalb Junction in upstate New York, Stacy fell in love with Maine and small town life in Madison. Having grown up on a dairy.....

Bee buzzes help keep track of decreasing population

According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking.....

UK: Latest AHDB pest bulletin now available

The second generation of cabbage root fly is due to start laying eggs in the last week of June at the warmest sites. Egg-laying by first generation carrot fly will be decreasing in most locations.Several species of pest aphid are being captured by the Rothamsted suction trap network. Counts up to 4th June.....

UK: Scientists aim to stamp out new horticultural pest

Scientists will pursue cutting-edge microbiology and robotics research in a bid to stop a destructive and abundant pest which is now threatening fruit production around the world.Teams of researchers from the University of Lincoln, UK, will embark on two ambitious new studies with the aim of reducing and.....

Marrone ventures into marijuana biopesticides

Marrone Bio Innovations announced that three MBI active ingredients are now legal for use on cannabis crops in the California market.Inclusion of these ingredients of products developed and owned by MBI on California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s newest posting of “Legal Pest Management Practices for.....

Nutri-App makes mite application easier

Feeding predatory mites, to establish a large and reliable population ahead of the pest, has become a fundamental tool in integrated pest management.Biobest’s Nutrimite is a food supplement composed of specially selected pollen. While Nutrimite can be manually spread, for larger areas Biobest recommends.....

Earth Alive's Soil Activator registered in Ukraine

Earth Alive Clean Technologies has gained registration in Ukraine for the sale of its organic and patent-pending biofertilizer, Soil Activator.Miguel Monroy, Director of Business Affairs for Earth Alive, said, “The registration process was challenging, but Ukraine is a strategic starting point for Earth.....

BVT completes European strawberry, tomato trials

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces the completion of trials on strawberries and indoor tomatoes in Spain, Italy, and Greece. The trials were conducted using the BVT System consisting of a bumble bee hive with proprietary dispenser technology through which BVT’s proprietary plant beneficial microbe BVT-CR7.....

South Africa: Fruit industry signs charter to protect honey bees

At the Hortgro Science Technical Symposium 2017, fruit grower bodies falling under the Hortgro umbrella signed a Bee & Pollination Charter which aims to address the plight of bees in South Africa. This amid global concern about honey bee populations which have seen drastic declines with fears that the.....

Stockton transfers Eastern European product registrations to IQC

Stockton STK and IQC have reached an agreement to transfer 90 product registrations in Eastern Europe from Stockton to IQC. This announcement is part of the overall strategic direction of Stockton to focus on biological solutions.Stockton has agreed to sell part of its generic registrations and distribution.....

New Zealand: New study on use of Tamarixia in glasshouses

The TomatoesNZ board approved a funding contribution for a Lincoln University post-doctoral student to undertake some research on the use of Tamarixia, the new Tomato and Potato Psyllid (TPP) biocontrol agent, in glasshouses.There is a belief that Tamarixia may not be useful in a glasshouse situation because.....

US: Lettuce industry on track to reduce Fusarium wilt

When a joint public-private partnership launched the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) 2.5 years ago, collaborating growers and the University of Arizona (UA) decided it’s No. 1 priority was to identify more management techniques for Fusarium wilt disease of lettuce (FWOL).With more.....

US: Lower loss of bees reported

The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA), conducted the eleventh annual national survey of honey bee colony losses.For the 2016-2017 winter season, 4,963 beekeepers in the United States provided validated survey responses. Collectively, these beekeepers.....

US (FL): Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds

By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth.Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that farmers can place fumigants in specific zones, rather.....

What is the ideal monitoring strategy for flying thrips in cucumber?

To measure is to know, install blue sticky traps in your crops to detect thrips on time.During this time of year, Biobest advises cucumber and gherkin growers in Western Europe to install traps in their greenhouses. “In the beginning of a new cultivation period, growers should hang these above their plants,”.....

US: Valent awards Florida student scholarship for organic training

Valent announced that University of Florida Doctor of Plant Medicine student Morgan Byron has received a $1,500 research scholarship for the development of organic training materials for growers, Pest Control Advisors (PCAs), consultants and retailers.The training helps participants understand the benefits.....

This is Michigan's primary pest in cucurbits

Striped and spotted cucumber beetles attack a variety of cucurbit crops, including winter and summer squash, cucumber and watermelon. While cucumber beetle larvae feed on cucurbit roots, adult beetles cause more economically important damage. Striped cucumber beetles are specialists on cucurbits while.....

Biobest ready to help growers

Retailers commit to selling sustainably grown vegetables

Dutch retail chain Jumbo concluded an agreement with Greenpeace in 2016. This stipulates that as of 2020 all Dutch potatoes, vegetables and fruits and half of the flowers have to be qualified under the “Milieukeur” standards. Suppliers like the Greenery immediately started preparations. Another large.....

New battery backpack sprayer: a powerful and quiet alternative

Birchmeier has expanded its range of battery driven devices. The new, powerful REX 15 backpack sprayer features the Swiss manufacturer’s proven electronically pressure controlled rechargeable battery technology. With this quiet, environmentally friendly model, the company now offers an exhaust gas-free.....

Biologists find missing link for ‘safe’ signal in plants

The hormone jasmonic acid plays a major role in the plant immune system and in regulating growth. Scientists have already learned much about how jasmonic acid works, but one important link was missing: what makes the plant’s jasmonic acid level go down once the attack by a fungus or insect has been warded.....

Biobest acquires equity stake in Borregaard Bioplant:

Biobest spreads wings in Scandinavia

Borregaard Bioplant ApS and Biobest NV announced the closing of a transaction under which Biobest acquires an equity stake in Borregaard Bioplant and its Swedish subsidiary Biobasiq Sverige AB.Steen Borregaard, the company’s founder, remains at the helm of the company. Steen emphasizes that the agreement is.....

Smart software and portable device takes pest scouting to the next level

The most easiest way to decrease the amount of the pesticides you use, is by applying a more precise application. But before you can do so, you will need to have a precise analytic overview of current pest and disease pressure in your greenhouse.A smart electronic tool for quick data collecting system can.....

FAO issues alert over lethal tilapia virus

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish for human consumption.The outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk-management measures - intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing.....

June 1-August 31, Michigan:

MSU organizes Summer course on greenhouse biological control

Registration for the summer session of the Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers Course in Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge is now open. Growers or other interested professionals can sign up until May 31, 2017, and will have from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2017, to complete the.....

Its steaming time again for many European strawberry growers

PHOTO REPORT Many European growers are in a busy period in which their trays, containers and pots are being sanitized and steamed.Luc van Wylick of Wymo Venlo BVhas invested in new machinery to further specialize in this complicated task.Luc standing in front of one of his mobilehigh pressure steam boilers, which.....

Cornell trial

Can genetically engineered insects control diamondback moths?

Researchers in a New York cabbage patch are planning the first release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce.It’s a pesticide-free attempt to control invasive diamondback moths, a voracious consumer of cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous crops that’s.....

New Zealand: University of Canterbury joins Bio-Protection Research Centre

The University of Canterbury has officially become a partner in the Bio-Protection Research Centre.The Bio-Protection Research Centre (BPRC) is focused on novel research to develop sustainable solutions for controlling plant pests, weeds and diseases in New Zealand. UC will extend the BPRC’s capability in.....

Lettuce varieties Enza Zaden resistant to new Bremia race BI:33EU

The International Bremia Evaluation Board for the EU (IBEB-EU) recently announced a new race of Bremia, BI:33EU. Tests by Enza Zaden confirm that a large part of their lettuce portfolio is resistant to this new race and also resistant to the full range of Bremia races Bl:16-33EU. Enza created a leaflet with.....

Acadian Plant Health launches in India

Acadian Plant Health, a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited, announces new partnerships and the launch of its biostimulants and Acadian BioSwitch technology in the Indian market.APH will be launching a fruit and vegetable biostimulant, Stimplex and broad acre crop biostimulants, AscoMax and Toggle. These.....

successfully utilize biopesticides in managing key root pathogens:

Biopesticides: a critical tool for greenhouse growers

Plant treatments with biopesticides can prevent or mitigate root-borne diseases. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is investigating the integration of biopesticides into production systems to improve plant resilience, enhance biological control and increase plant productivity. Vineland.....

New disease report on TYLCV and Bemisia in French Polynesia

In 2014, severe symptoms of leaf curling and yellowing resembling those of tomato yellow leaf curl disease were observed for the first time on tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants with a 100% incidence in affected greenhouses in Tahiti (Fig. 1). Tomato samples with leaf curling and yellowing symptoms, and.....