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Liddor helps STK in advancing its production of biopesticides

STK (Stockton), a company working in the development and marketing of botanical based solutions for food protection and Lidorr Chemicals, has built a new biological manufacturing unit at Liad Agro facility at Jerusalem area in Israel for the production of STK’s new products.This manufacturing unit was.....

Italy: Essential oils extracted from weeds used as a natural herbicide

A natural herbicide against weeds made with essential oils extracted from weeds themselves. It was developed by a group of Agricultural Science and Pharmacy researchers from the University of Pisa. Their study was published on the Weed Research journal.Photo 1. Distribution of the essential oils on weeds.....

New tool predicts risk of plant disease

A newly developed technique can predict the risk of plant disease or infestation across the globe. Described in open-access journal Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the technique considers pest-host interactions and the geographical distribution of vulnerable plants to provide maps of.....

Syngenta sells assets to Nufarm in relation to the ChemChina acquisition

Adama and Syngenta have entered into binding agreement with Nufarm to sell a portfolio of crop protection products for an agreed transaction value of USD 490 million. The combined portfolio of products being divested includes off-patent crop protection formulations in the herbicides, fungicides, insecticides.....

How is the marriage between biologicals and chemicals really going?

The pressures on conventional crop protection products have been increasing over many years now. They come both from within the industry, in terms of regulatory issues, and from outside the industry, in the form of demands for chemical residue-free foods from the supermarkets and consumers. In response, a.....

Building a database of plant protecting agents for aquaponic systems

The vast majority of the commercially available chemical pesticides cannot be used in aquaponic systems because of their toxicity and environmental persistence. A recent paper reports on work in progress to build up a database of toxicity and ecotoxicity data for all registered pesticides.Access the full.....

Thousands of dollars saved

Dutch laser technology used successfully against troublesome birds

A blueberry grower in the United States has, for the first time, successfully used an automated laser-controlled scarecrow against troublesome birds. The technology was developed by Bird Control Group, which was founded by former TU Delft students.Until recently, birds caused considerable damage at Meduri.....
December 5, Overton

US (TX): Texas A&M offers pesticide applicator training

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a pesticide applicators training from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in Overton.The program will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053. Cost is $35 per person if preregistered by Dec. 1 and $50.....

Niger: Root-knot nematode found in sweet pepper

Sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum) is one of the most valuable export commodities in Niger. In 2013, during disease surveillance activities on sweet pepper crops, a severe infestation of root-knot nematodes was found in the main growing area, the district of Diffa (Latitude: 13° 18' 55.30" N: Longitude 12° 36'.....

UK: Bees' Needs Champions awards celebrate pollinator heroes

A ‘Bee City’ and a successful reintroduction scheme for the short-haired bumblebee are among the innovative projects highlighted by Defra Minister Lord Gardiner as inspirational examples of action to protect pollinators.The annual Bees’ Needs Champions awards, hosted at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,.....

"Wild tomatoes can help in making commercial varieties disease-free"

From soup and salads, tomato serves as a primary ingredient in Indian food. It is nutritious, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. But keeping tomatoes free from ‘early blight’ disease is a challenge for farmers.Now a group of Indian scientists has found a way to develop tomatoes resistant to the most.....

STK's Timorex Gold biofungicide wins Provider of Choice Award

STK was recognized by AgroPages, receiving its 1st Place BEST-IN-CLASS: Provider of Choice Award for its biofungicide, Timorex Gold.Timorex Gold is a botanical broad-spectrum fungicide with preventative and curative activity based on a plant extract. The biofungicide controls a wide range of fungal diseases.....

Australia: Tomato potato psyllid surveillance ramps up for spring

Agriculture Victoria and industry are gearing up for another round of surveillance for tomato potato psyllid (TPP).Whilst there have been no confirmed reports of TPP in Victoria to date, it remains a significant production pest that attacks a range of plants (including potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant,.....

US: Syngenta receives California registration for Minecto Pro insecticide

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved Minecto Pro insecticide for use in specialty and vegetable crops to control difficult-to-manage pests like thrips, mites, worms, psyllids and whiteflies.“Minecto Pro is a new foliar product that answers the industry's request for a broad-spectrum.....

CAN (BC): Research explores lavender as natural pesticide source

While lavender has long been known for its strong scent and soothing oils, a UBC researcher is exploring the plant’s ability to create natural pesticides.Soheil Mahmoud, an associate professor of biology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, conducts research on organic compounds found in plants—specifically lavender......

'Electric' nozzles have potential to improve accuracy of spray treatment

Spraying can become expensive, especially if you do not target the crop precisely. For this reason, a research group consisting of the Joint Lectureship Water Technology of NHL University and Van Hall Larenstein, Nairobi University (Kenya), Wetsus and Centre of Expertise Water Technology (CEW), has managed.....

US (CT): Quarantine in Fairfield after Mediterranean fruit flies found

The Solano County Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working together to create an extensive survey and treatment program in response to the finding of four Mediterranean fruit flies.County Agriculture.....

"Vietnam spends heavily on fertilizer, pesticide imports"

Fertilizer and pesticide imports, especially from China, have amounted to nearly US$1.7 billion in the year to September, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam said in a report.The ministry’s data shows that Vietnam purchased 3.57 million tons of fertilizers valued at US$955 million in.....

Vegetable Leafminer (Liriomyza sativae) arrives in Australia

Since 2008, it has been island hopping in a southerly direction down the Torres Strait Island group. The Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and Biosecurity Queensland has been tracking the movement of this pest since its detection in the Strait. In 2015, Vegetable Leafminer was detected on the.....

UK: STK’s Regev finalist at Agrow Awards 2017

STK (Stockton) was selected as one of the three finalists of the prestigious Agrow Awards in the category of Best Application Technology Innovation for its product, Regev.Regev is the first product of its kind in the market, a hybrid solution that delivers effective and sustainable disease control in a.....

AU transitions to management plan to deal with tomato potato psyllid

The National Management Group (NMG) for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) – comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia – has agreed to a transition to management phase to manage the ongoing impacts of TPP and risks of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) in.....

“The IPM Toolbox” webinar recordings are available

The Northeastern IPM Center recently hosted two webinars in its “IPM Toolbox” series. Watch the recordings online, and be sure to check out the next webinar about the brown marmorated stink bug on Monday, September 25, 2017.New Director Talks about the Latest on Vector Borne Diseases and Answers Your.....

Scientists decode genome of Fall Armyworm

As part of an international consortium, INRA researchers, in partnership with the CEA and INRIA, have sequenced one of the first genomes of a moth from the superfamily Noctuoidea: Spodoptera frugiperda, or armyworm. This crop pest – until now only known on the American continent – has become invasive in.....

Indonesia: Potential for pesticides based out of palm olein

Experts of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) carried out the study on the formulation of insecticides using active ingredient of profenofos using diananolamide (DEA) Surfactant from Olein Palm Oil. The experts are Handuweni Surtining Dewi, Mulyorini Rahayuningsih, and Erliza Hambali from the Department of.....

FMC receives antitrust clearances to acquire DuPont crop protection assets

FMC has received approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the proposed acquisition of a significant portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business. The CCI is the final jurisdiction to grant antitrust clearance needed to satisfy regulatory conditions for closing."FMC is pleased to have.....

Syngenta and CURES produce pollinator stewardship film

The Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES), with support from Syngenta, released an educational film showcasing best-management practices (BMPs) for protecting pollinators on farms and urban landscapes.“Because farmland treated for pests is often shared by pollinators, it is important to.....

US (NY): Call for nominations for Excellence in IPM Awards

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program seeks nominations for its annual “Excellence in IPM Awards” for the Year 2017.CriteriaCandidates for Excellence in IPM Awards should be individuals or organizations whose work in New York State in IPM deserves special recognition. They can be.....

Bee health: nominations open for EFSA stakeholder group

EFSA is inviting nominations for its new stakeholder discussion group on bees. The group has been set up to establish the terms of reference for the EU Bee Partnership, which is expected to be up and running in 2018.The proposed partnership was one of the outcomes of the scientific symposium co-organised by.....

BioSafe Systems adds to Food Safety and QA/QC Teams

BioSafe announces the strategic hires of Destinee Anderson as Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager and Justin Nguyen as Food Safety Sales Representative. Both will be covering all BioSafe segments with a strong focus on Post-Harvest/Food Safety and Meat & Poultry industries.Justin Nguyen will be.....

Tanzania: Bio-rational program successfully manages fall armyworm

Russell IPM's bio-rational program proved to manage Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Tanzania successfully — reducing damage in winter maize to less than 5% while traditional pesticides managed to limit the damage to 25-30% only. This will provide a glimmer of hope for African farmers in the fight.....

Marrone partners with Éléphant Vert

Marrone Bio Innovations and Éléphant Vert announce their partnership to distribute two novel biopesticides for sustainable farming in North Africa: Reysana Biofungicide and Majestene Bionematicide.Together, these two players of the biological crop protection market have the products and knowledge to bring.....