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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.....

Secret new weapon of insect-transmitted viruses exposed

Findings by a team of scientists, including two from the University of California, Riverside, could provide critical knowledge to attack deadly viruses transmitted by arthropods such as mosquitoes and aphids.The scientists uncovered molecular mechanisms that the cucumber mosaic virus uses to manipulate.....

February and March

New Greenhouse & High Tunnel IPM webinars at Cornell

Cornell 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 2: Introduction to the projectFeb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility,.....

Crop manager Jos Bregman:

"Jet 5 is our greenhouse cleansing agent of choice"

Breeders and propagators have strict company hygiene protocols. Propagator Plantenkwekerij Van der Lugt in Bleiswijk is no exception. Crop manager Jos Bregman: "We owe this to our customers and to our strategic partners. So in autumn we clean the company from top to bottom with Jet 5."Jos Bregman:"Jet 5 is.....

Timorex Gold obtains registration in Brazil

Stockton, which specializes in the development and marketing of botanical based biopesticides, announced that its Timorex Gold biofungicide obtained registration from the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil for the control of diseases on Tomatoes, Grapes, Bananas, Broccoli and Lettuce."Timorex Gold brings to.....

Low tunnels reduce diseases on strawberries

The TunnelBerries research site at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul experienced a very wet summer which contributed to a high degree of infection by anthracnose and other diseases (see the image below). Graduate student Heidi Anderson observes that disease incidence appears to be lower in strawberries.....
Only Demeter and Bioland produce without residue

Germany: "Lamb's lettuce contains moderate amounts of crop protection"

Lamb's lettuce is healthy, tasty and perfectly suitable for a winter salad. However, according to a German study, the exquisite leaves contain more chemical residues than other vegetables.Lamb's lettuce is the superman of the lettuce varieties. It contains more potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and iron.....

Upgrades give Mirical macrolophus longer shelf life

In the past year, Koppert Biological Systems started an improvement process in order to raise the quality of its product Mirical to a higher level. This resulted in a doubling of the shelf life, as a consequence of which the predatory bug Macrolophus arrives at the client’s premises in an even fitter state......
January 26, Rapidan

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers tips on pest management

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a pest management workshop on updated techniques for controlling diseases and insects in greenhouse and nursery environments on Jan. 26, 2017.The workshop will take place at Battlefield Farms Inc. located at 23190 Clarks Mountain Road in Rapidan, Virginia from 8 a.m......

Forming a second line of plant defence

Scientists have developed a new improved method for capturing longer DNA fragments, doubling the size up to 7000 DNA bases that can be analysed for novel genes which provide plants with immunity to disease.RenSeq is the method to sequence Resistance (R) genes that confer disease resistance in plants. Each.....

Koppert introduces new functional labels and look

The growing global distribution and availability of Koppert Biological Systems products has made it important for this leading provider of biological solutions for horticulture and agriculture to have a stronger identity and recognizable look worldwide. Reason enough for Koppert to adapt the design and.....

China tightens agrochemical residue standard

China shored up its regulations on chemical residues in food with a new national standard, the Ministry of Agriculture said Wednesday. Compared with the 2014 version, the standard adds 490 limits for 433 kinds of agrochemicals, with tougher demands on banned and restricted chemicals such as the highly toxic.....

Australian veg industry worried about fire ants

With populations of the deadly red imported fire ant threatening to spread across Australia, vegetable industry body AUSVEG is warning Australians to make sure they don’t accidentally bring home some very unwelcome guests with them from holiday this year.An independent review of the National Red Imported.....
New Plant Health Regulation

EU: Stringent rules for better protection from plant pests

The new Plant Health Regulation is a major overhaul of the EU’s Plant Health legislation which has been in place since 1977. It will repeal and replace seven Council Directives on harmful organisms and will become fully applicable on 13 December 2019.Billions of plants and plant products move every year.....

Integrated pest management strategies for greenhouse berries

Berries by nature are an easy pick and ready to eat fruit without the necessity for peeling.Food safety and the limited number of chemical controls are the underlying motivation for primary producers to adopt Integrated Pest Management (IPM).Berries are also seasonal due to the chilling requirement or.....

Extra potential for the improvement of crop protection

Koppert is providing its clients with a new service: the analysis of samples of pests and beneficials. The results of the analysis will enable growers to refine and improve their crop protection methods.Koppert hired Anton van der Linden especially for this new service. Van der Linden is a highly experienced.....

Syngenta and DuPont announce joint herbicide patent

Syngenta and DuPont announced the publication of a joint patent, focused on the development of a new herbicide chemistry class. Collaboration on the project started in 2015 and has resulted in the joint patent entitled "Substituted cyclic amides and their use as herbicides." The new herbicide has entered.....

EPA prohibits 72 inert ingredients from use in pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products.Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will.....