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Insectrac Easicount System:

New pattern improves the effectiveness of sticky traps

Sticky traps form the basis of pest management for many growers, but counting and registering the insects and pests is an intense job. The British company International Pheromone Systems (IPS) introduces the sticky trap Insectrac Easicount System. "It's actually just a sticky trap, only more effective and.....

UK: New EAMU ‘Luna Sensation’ generated for lettuce growers

A new Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU) ‘Luna Sensation’ has been issued to help lettuce growers with the control of diseases including Botrytis cinerea and powdery mildew.Luna Sensation was included in SCEPTRE a four-year plant protection research programme and showed promising results on a.....

USDA invests $17.7 million in plant health and production workforce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 54 grants totaling more than $17.7 million for plant research that helps optimize crop production, mitigate disease, and increase yield on May 25, 2017. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s.....

UK: Management and control of spotted wing drosophila

A new AHDB factsheet outlines the threat posed by the spotted wing drosophila to the soft and stone fruit industries in the UK and offers guidance to growers on how best to monitor, manage and control it. Hard copies are free to AHDB Horticulture levy payers and dependent on your Associate package may be.....

Aussie plant biosecurity gets $21M tech injection

Australia is on track to adopt some of the most sophisticated plant pest surveillance technologies in the world after Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) secured a Federal Government grant and co-investor funding to deliver a $21M plant biosecurity push. Announced by the Australian Government.....

UK: Integrated approach key to controlling spotted wing drosophila

A new research programme designed to develop an integrated control strategy to help the UK fruit industry manage spotted wing drosophila has been announced.The four-year project, which started last month, is being funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), and led by NIAB EMR.It.....

ChemChina: 92.2 of Syngenta shares have been tendered

China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) today announced the provisional end results for ChemChina’s offer to acquire Syngenta. Based on preliminary numbers, at the end of the Additional Acceptance Period on May 24, around 92.2 percent of shares have been tendered.Further, as soon as permitted by law.....

US House rolls back pesticide restrictions

he U.S. House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation to eliminate an ''unnecessary, duplicative, and costly regulatory process" under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the approved use of pesticides.According to the House Committee on Agriculture, H.R. 953, the Reducing.....

3 steps to successful aphid biocontrol in sweet peppers

Pepper growers are well aware that aphid control is key to achieve high yields and good quality. In organic crops, it is an even more crucial element of the biological control programme.Step one. Use parasitoid wasps such as Aphidius colemani, Aphidius ervi and Aphelinus abdominalis. They typically play a.....

Syngenta redesigns Pest Patrol website for optimal user experience

Syngenta launched the redesigned Pest Patrol website (www.syngentaus.com/PestPatrol), enabling growers to access pest alerts on-the-go via a mobile site, as well as through an easier-to-navigate desktop site. Visitors can also subscribe to receive text message alerts when new updates from leading experts.....

US: Should Scotts Miracle-Gro stop selling Roundup?

Scotts Miracle-Gro is the exclusive marketer of Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. While the biotech is in the process of being bought out by Bayer, an acquisition that could see the agreement with Scotts cancelled, maybe the lawn and garden company should take the proactive step and end the partnership on its.....

Additional mechanisms to reduce foliar symptoms in iceberg lettuce

Verticillium wilt caused by Verticillium dahliae Kleb. is an economically damaging disease of iceberg lettuce on the Central Coast of California. Foliar wilting symptoms that manifest near or at peak market maturity (MM) lead to collapse of the head, making it unmarketable.Complete resistance to race 1 of.....

Understanding biology and genetics of Phytophthora rubi and P. fragaria

Demand for raspberries worldwide is at an all time high, worth an estimated £2 bn (UK £160 M). In the Northern Hemisphere, the Oomycete Phytophthora rubi thrives in relatively cold damp conditions causing root rot on raspberry. P.rubi is currently a poorly understood and understudied pathogen which is.....

US: Louisiana greenhouse tomatoes under attack

Tomato russet mite and tomato yellow leaf curl are attacking greenhouse-grown tomatoes in Louisiana.Tomato russet mites have cigar-shaped bodies with two pairs of legs and cannot be seen without the aid of a microscope, said LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh.“These tiny mites have piercing-sucking.....

USDA releases annual plant protection report

The USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has released its 2016 Annual Report, outlining accomplishments from throughout the year.PPQ reports it achieved one of its top 10 goals: eliminating European grapevine moth from the United States. The agency also eradicated 10 fruit fly outbreaks in Texas,.....

American fruit smuggler sent home by NZ customs

An American traveller had her Easter visit to New Zealand cut short when she failed to declare a suitcase packed with fruit and vegetables to Christchurch biosecurity officers.Ministry for Primary Industries staff detected the goods during x-ray screening of the passenger’s bag after she arrived on a flight.....

A stepping stone to a career in biocontrol

Within the different BIOCOMES work packages, many young scientists are working on finding and improving biological control agents. Who are they, and what does the cooperation within BIOCOMES mean to them?Guendalina Barloggio (27) - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland‘At our institute I’m.....

Australia: Local residents help with tomato potato psyllid surveillance

Carnarvon and Geraldton residents have rallied to support their local horticulture industry by assisting surveillance efforts for the tomato potato psyllid.Department of Agriculture and Food Irrigated Agriculture regional director Mike Bowley said the psyllid was a destructive insect pest which fed on a.....

US: Oxamyl-based crop protection for fruit and vegetables

SipcamRotam announced the launch of ReTurn, a new broad-spectrum oxamyl-based crop protection product, formulated to control various sucking and chewing insects and nematodes in vegetables, fruits and other crops. The company expects to have the product ready to ship by early spring. ReTurn is labeled by the.....

MSU updates common insecticide recommendations

Some ornamental plant producers are venturing into growing vegetables in the greenhouse. Greenhouse vegetable crops are susceptible to similar pests as ornamental plants, such as aphids, fungus gnats, spider mites, whiteflies and thrips. Greenhouse vegetable or vegetable transplant growers should always.....

European Patent Office grants first patent to BVT

Bee Vectoring Technologies International announces the European Patent Office (EPO) has granted Patent Application No. 2693871 entitled: Apparatus for Treatment of Plants.With the grant by the EPO the Company can now validate the patent in the 38 countries that are Member States of the European Patent.....
Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Albania

KNE Certis signs distribution agreement with Nufarm

After reaching an important agreement earlier this year with Nufarm Europe, KNE Certis has taken over responsibility for the exclusive distribution of certain Nufarm products in Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Albania for a five year term.In August 2016 Certis Europe (a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd.,.....

A new answer to nematodes for Dutch carrot growers

The product NEMguard DE, based on garlic extract (Allium sativum) has now been approved for use on carrots in the Netherlands. It will give growers the opportunity to reduce crop damage by nematodes whilst also responding to the demands of their customers to use low-risk products for plant protection. The.....

Whitepaper: IPM in Eastern Europe and Caucasus

A new FAO book promotes Integrated Pest Management, to contribute to reduced reliance on pesticides and the avoidance of adverse impacts from pesticide use on the health and safety of farming communities, consumers and the environment.Through the IPM approach, technical advice is provided to help plan.....

US (WA): Grafting watermelon and using plastic mulch to control wilt

Verticillium wilt, caused by the soilborne fungus Verticillium dahliae, is a significant disease affecting watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) production in Washington State. This field study at three locations in Washington in 2015 compared verticillium wilt susceptibility, fruit yield and quality of nongrafted.....

Newly identified gene offers options for breeding nematode resistant crops

A team of researchers at the University of Bonn, in cooperation with scientists from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, has now identified a gene in thale cress that helps plants sense nematodes. "The NILR1 gene is the genetic code for a receptor protein that is localized to the surface of plant cells and.....

EFSA public consultation

Effects of pesticides on amphibians and reptiles

EFSA is inviting comments on its overview of scientific knowledge concerning the risks to amphibians and reptiles from pesticides.The Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues has investigated the coverage of the risk to amphibians and reptiles provided by risk assessments for other vertebrate.....

Belchim Crop Protection acquires Proagro

Belchim Crop Protection, based in Londerzeel, Belgium, extends its agrochemical business in Germany by purchasing a 100 % shareholding position in Proagro GmbH, located in Abenberg, Germany. Belchim will further enhance Proagro’s focus on solutions for plant protection with a focus on special crops, like.....

UK: Emergency authorisation for Cuprokylt to fight orchard canker

Emergency authorisation has been issued for Certis’ fungicide Cuprokylt, for use against Nectria canker in apples and pears.This has come as a welcome relief to growers and agronomists alike as the number of active ingredients for use against Nectria canker is limited, explains Hutchinson’s horticultural.....

Weed control methods for greenhouses

An Agricultural Research Service horticulturist is exploring an alternative method for controlling weeds in greenhouse propagation systems by using steam or hot water to kill weed seeds.Dr. James Altland and his colleagues at ARS in Wooster, Ohio, with funding in part from the Floriculture and Nursery.....

US: Washington state launches crowd sourcing pest detection initiative

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has launched a new crowd sourcing initiative to monitor two new pests that have recently been detected in the state.The Lily Leaf Beetle and the Southern Green Stink Bug are both new pests of concern for commercial growers and home gardeners and are the.....

US (MI): Protection plan for managed pollinators in draft release

Michigan has released its draft plan to protect managed pollinators from pesticide threats. This joint effort is designed to provide clear actions that can be taken to reduce pesticide exposure to bees.Image courtesy of Sarah Scott, MSU.The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD),.....

US (PA): Lanternfly could cause billions in crop damage if spread

A significant portion of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry is in the hands of scientists as they fight the westward spread of an invasive insect: the spotted lanternfly.The pest first arrived in Pennsylvania — and the United States — in September 2014 when it showed up in Berks County. It now is found in.....

Biological nematicide BioAct Prime DC registered in Greece

Bayer’s biological nematicide BioAct Prime DC has been granted regulatory approval in Greece. The market launch in Greece is scheduled for 2017, with other European countries to follow as a measure to further strengthen the company's crop protection portfolio in this important region.“To secure their.....

Australia: Growers urged to take measures after TPP outbreaks

Victorian growers are urged to implement best practice biosecurity measures following outbreaks of tomato potato psyllid (TPP) in Western Australia.Victoria’s chief plant health officer Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said there have been no confirmed reports of TPP in Victoria.‘‘Victoria has imposed restrictions on.....

"Western flower thrips can transmit tomato spotted wilt virus"

A new study demonstrates that western flower thrips (WFT, Frankliniella occidentalis) can acquire and transmit Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) from symptomatic tomato fruits.TSWV and other thrips-transmitted tospoviruses have long been known to spread via plant propagation material such as transplants......

Biobest's bumblebees buzzing 30 years

Time flies, like Biobest’s bumblebees that have flown around the world for thirty years now. As a pioneer in the production of bumblebees, Biobest has become a leader in pollination and biological crop protection with more than fourteen subsidiaries and distributors in over sixty countries.Biobest has come a.....

A vision for the future of biocontrol

A landmark paper on the future of biological control has just appeared in the journal “Biocontrol”.Biobest COO Karel Bolckmans is one of the co-authors, together with 4 other high-profile academic and private sector experts. Together, they make an inventory of the impressive achievements of biological.....

USDA:

"It only takes one person to spread harmful invasive pests"

Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of.....

Marrone & Evogene advance bioinsecticide partnership

Marrone Bio Innovations and Evogene announced that MBI will advance certain novel bacteria and Evogene-identified related proteins into MBI’s bioinsecticide product development pipeline under their previously announced multi-year collaboration for the discovery and development of novel insect control.....

Tailwind for biological control

The European Parliament unanimously accepted a proposal to speed up market registration of products for biological control of pests, that have a low environmental impact. Almost at the same time, the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations issued a statement, saying that it is very well possible to feed.....

Stockton and Jebagro in Registration Transfer Agreement

Stockton STK, specializing in the development and marketing of botanical-based pesticides, and Jebagro (a division of Jebsen and Jessen, Germany), announced that as part of the overall strategic direction of Stockton, these two companies have come to an agreement about the transfer of various.....

UK: ‘Shark’ to control weeds in strawberry crops

Brand new Extension of Authorisation of Minor Use (EAMU) for ‘Shark’ acts as an effective herbicide control against a variety of weeds that reside in the planting holes of strawberry crops. Controlling nuisance weeds that grow within the planting holes of strawberry crops has long presented a significant.....

Isabel Trillas Gay shortlisted for EU award for Asperello T34 Biocontrol

Biobest is pleased to congratulate Professor Isabel Trillas Gay, co-founder of Biocontrol Technologies, one of 12 outstanding women entrepreneurs shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators. She received the accolade in recognition of her work discovering and developing a biopesticide based on the.....

New biosecurity protocols could cost Australia's hort industry millions

Markets are being severely hurt after biosecurity changes in Victoria and New South Wales, put in place in order to stop the spread of the tomato potato psyllid. The new protocols now include a more broad range of WA-grown produce.Cut flowers, foliage including leafy vegetables and herbs, and fruit of plants.....

Canada: Premier Tech and AAFC to develop selective bioherbicide

Premier Tech will take the lead in the final steps to bring to full scale the manufacturing and commercialization of a selective bioherbicide. In January, the Horticulture and Agriculture Group signed a license agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to finalize the development and.....

OHP launches new biosolutions

OHP announces the introduction of “OHP biosolutions” to better serve the greenhouse and nursery market. OHP biosolutions including vegetables and herbs.This new line from OHP will feature products that are specifically designed to address the expanding segment of growers who utilize biological products.....

Multi-pronged approach to controlling two-spotted spider mite

Two-spotted spider mite has become one of the most challenging pests to control in cucumber crops not only in Europe but also in Central Asia. With a dwindling range of plant protection products, the problem is further exacerbated due to widespread issues of pesticide resistance. Failure to adequately.....

US: Emblem fungicide approved for vegetable greenhouse use

Through all stages of production, Emblem is a go-to product for foliar, stem and root diseases providing defense and control with low use rates and an easy-to-use liquid formulation. Now it's been approved for use in vegetable greenhouses. The new expanded label includes brassica leafy vegetables (such as.....

Propiconazole/Lambda Cyhalothrin combination for better insect control

Innvictis Crop Care announces Crossover Pro as a first of its kind formulation combining Propiconazole and Lambda Cyhalothrin for superior insect control while adding disease protection at an economical cost to the producer. This novel systems approach delivers one pass protection and time saving convenience.....

FMC to buy DuPont's pesticide business

DuPont has entered into a definitive agreement with FMC to divest a portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business, including certain research and development capabilities, and to acquire substantially all of FMC's Health & Nutrition business. The transaction includes consideration to DuPont of $1.6.....

Monitoring whitefly and thrips:

"Sticky traps plus scouting delivers best results"

VIDEO During the early phase in the cultivation of fruit and vegetable crops sticky traps make ideal scouting tools for whiteflies and/or thrips. Many growers routinely change the traps every two weeks to monitor pests year round. Those who count and register pests caught on traps on a weekly basis get the.....

US (NY): Input wanted on IPM practices and adoption

Darcy Telenko is coordinating the Vegetable Crop Pest Program in New York with the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) Project. As part of the program, a new set of tools is currently being developed to help you manage crop pests and increase your profitability.A survey.....

US: EPA won’t ban controversial pesticide

The EPA has reversed course in its effort to restrict a widely used, insect-controlling pesticide, backpedaling on one of the Obama administration’s key initiatives to lower pesticide exposure.The Environmental Protection Agency will deny a decade-old petition from environmental groups to revoke all uses,.....

Australia: More companies suspected of contaminated chemicals

Agrochemical companies Nufarm, Crop Care and Syngenta aren’t the only companies under investigation by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.The contaminated herbicides were recalled on December 8, 2016 and January 20 this year but Nufarm, Crop Care and Syngenta chose not to publicise.....

Neonicotinoid insecticides losing efficiency in potato psyllid control

The potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against psyllids, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.Dr. Ada Szczepaniec discusses her greenhouse study on potato psyllid resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)Dr. Ada.....

CAN (NS): Beekeepers alarmed over proposed import of Ontario bees

An application to ship bees from Ontario — a province known to have a widespread infection of small hive beetles — has been submitted to the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. The Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association says that if the import permit is approved, about 500 rented hives could cross Nova.....

US: New findings on exotic ambrosia beetle

Research funded in part by the Horticultural Research Institute sheds light on ambrosia beetle biology and ecology and management options for growers.Ambrosia beetles are not new insects to the US; many native species exist here that are considered minor pest problems. Many exotic species can be found here.....