Crop Protection

Canadian Plant Health Council launched

Collaboration between Canadian governments, industry, academia and other partners in plant health is essential to protect our resources from new and emerging risks, drive innovation and ensure that Canadian industry remains competitive and sustainable. Plant health partners in Canada are pleased to announce the establishment…

Serenade ASO granted registration for the first time

French growers get new option for biological crop protection

Serenade ASO fungicide/bactericide is a biological crop protection product designed to protect against the effects of soil and foliar bacterial and fungal diseases. In soil uses, it is applied at planting or through chemigation. Serenade ASO builds a disease-protection zone around the roots of the seed…

Tomatoes NZ agroecology projects hoping to reduce the need for pest-reducing chemicals

A small New Zealand produce farm, is making some exciting progress with an agroecology project that will reduce the need for chemicals on tomato farms. The Curious Croppers mainly produce tomatoes on a small scale but are working on a project that they have dubbed the NZ Agroecology Initiative. Anthony Tringham and his wife Angela have been allowing…

New Zealand: Tomato grower goes on bug scouting expedition

Tomato grower and TomatoesNZ board member, Anthony Tringham, along with his wife Angela from Curious Croppers in Clevedon, recently hosted Professor Steve Wratten and PhD student Morgan Shields from Lincoln University at their greenhouses. Together with Chris Thompson from Bioforce, they conducted a bug scouting expedition…

UK: Phytophthora infestans identified early in season

Late blight is caused by the pathogen Phytophthora infestans; it is one of more than 170 species of this genus causing serious diseases on thousands of plant species worldwide. It is in the same group of pathogens as Pythium and downy mildews. Phytophthora are related to aerial downy mildew pathogens such as Peronospora…

UK: Defra approves sale of Sequoia for use only in greenhouses

Defra has approved a request from Dow AgroSciences Ltd to sell the pest control product Sequoia in the UK for use only in greenhouses. Sequoia contains the active ingredient Sulfoxaflor which was approved by the EU in 2015 following assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The Government’s decision follows…

Koppert collaborates with Valto to control harmful tomato virus

Koppert Biological Solutions is cooperating with Valto to ensure that this Dutch producer of beneficial crop viruses has access to tomato growers around the world. The two biological solutions producers…

US (CA): Researchers get $5 million to combat downy mildew in lettuce

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes losses in the $3 billion industry each year. The Foundation of Food and Agriculture Research, or FFAR, awarded Richard Michelmore, professor and director of the UC Davis Genome Center, the first research…

Russell IPM goes to China

Russell IPM signed a collaboration agreement with Zhunghe Group - China during an official ceremony attended by Managing Director Dr Al-Zaidi for the development of smart farm technology and the introduction of biorational solutions to the Chinese company's farms. This event marks a new era for Russell IPM and its business in China, as this new…

CAN (BC): Hand in your unwanted crop protection products free of charge

Farmers living in or near 10 BC Interior communities will be able to dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and outdated livestock medications that have accumulated at their farms at special collection events that are being held at designated locations beginning Monday, October 15. The events have been organized…

Koppert and CABI collaborate on making more biological controls available

Following earlier collaboration in Kenya in March this year in which CABI and the Koppert Foundation stepped up their efforts to combat pests which threaten the food security and livelihoods of thousands of farmers and their families, the two companies signed a new agreement. Under the agreement, more…

Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

Two wins for Plant & Food Research at the Kudos Awards - Dr Philip Elmer, a senior scientist in plant pathology and biological control, has been presented with this year’s…

Australia: Enhancing future preparedness for vegetable leafminer

Project MT16004 – RD&E Program for control, eradication and preparedness for Vegetable Leafminer (2017-2020), a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Vegetable and Nursery Funds, brings together cesar, the University of Melbourne, Plant Health Australia, the Northern Australia…

US (CA): Certis USA completes new azadirachtin production facility

Certis USA has completed construction and start-up of a new azadirachtin formulation and packaging facility located in its factory in Wasco, California. The state-of-the-art…

Biological crop protection... or biological warfare?

The U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been accused of trying to create a new class of biological weapons that would be delivered via virus-infected insects. The Insect Allies program was announced by DARPA in 2016. It is a research project that aims to protect the U.S. agricultural food…

Egypt: Agriculture Ministry investigates ‘tomato crisis’

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Ezz Eddin Abo Setit said on Wednesday that his ministry is investigating a crisis caused by imported tomato seeds which are infected with the leaf curl virus. Abo Setit pointed out that the company that imported the seeds had obtained prior approval from the ministry’s Committee for the…

webinar, October 18

Australia: Integrated Pest Management of vegetable pests - a more sustainable approach

Join this informative and interactive one-hour lunchtime session to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts, including Adam Schreurs (VIC grower), Nigel Dolenec (SA agronomist) and Angelica Cameron (VIC researcher/service provider). This session is being delivered by the National Vegetable Extension Network…

Complex factors can drive emergence and evolution of plant pathogens

For many of us, bumper crops of zucchinis and cucumbers conjure up the sweltering days of summer, while pumpkins and gourds decorate our holiday tables throughout the fall. However, these iconic fruits and vegetables – known collectively as cucurbits – can also help us understand the spread of plant…

US: BASF’s Inscalis insecticide receives EPA registration

BASF received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for its Inscalis insecticide. The new insecticide controls piercing-sucking insect pests in a variety of row and specialty crops, including soybeans, cotton and citrus. “Inscalis insecticide is a new active ingredient with a unique mode of…

Spain: Virus-detecting analysis kit developed

Researchers at the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants (IBMCP), a joint venture of Valencia’s Polytechnic University (UPV) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), have developed a new analysis kit that makes it possible to detect, with just one test and at a reduced cost, all…

Nematode pests of soft fruit crops

There has been an increase in the number of samples of soft fruits submitted to the Fera Plant Clinic, for analysis of plant pests and diseases. Plant-parasitic nematodes (PPNs) collectively parasitize nearly every plant species, including soft fruits, resulting in devastating adverse effects on the quality and yield…

Integrated control in protected crops, Mediterranean climate

University of Lleida (UdL) and IRTA presented EUCLID project results at the 14th meeting of the IOBC-WPRS Working Group "Integrated Control in Protected Crops, Mediterranean Climate", that was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 4 to 7 of September 2018. The main theme of this meeting was "Pest control in Mediterranean greenhouses under…

fighting Pepino Mosaic Virus

"Vaccin implemented in complete strategy"

In many tomato producing countries in Europe the first plants for the new season are entering the greenhouses. An ideal moment for DCM and Biobest to present their new PMV-01 movie. PMV-01 is a widely used plant vaccine that protects tomato crops against aggressive attacks by Pepino Mosaic Virus. One…

Modified formulation for Macro-Mite

Koppert Biological Systems has developed a new formulation for Macro-Mite, which boosts the vitality of the Macrocheles robustulus predatory mite. Macro-Mite is an effective natural enemy for the control of soil-dwelling pests, like eggs, larvae and pupae of sciarid flies, thrips pupae, and Lyprauta larvae. Modified formulation…

Pollination under artificial lights

With daylight hours shortening and temperatures beginning to drop, growers in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere are paying special attention to their growing lights. High time to focus on the effects this can have on the pollinators doing their job in the greenhouse. Koppert Biological…

US: BPIA talks to Congress about biopesticides and biostimulants

The BPIA Government Affairs Committee (GAC) recently held the BPIA Fall 2018 Capitol Hill Day. GAC members spent the day at the United States Senate introducing BPIA and biological products including biopesticides and biostimulants to Congressional staff. GAC members met with the offices of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Amy Klobuchar…

Vietnam gets more biocontrol options

Marrone Bio Innovations has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Hop Tri Investment Corporation for three MBI products in Vietnam and Cambodia. Hop Tri plans to register and commercialize…

New Zealand: Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

A team led by Plant & Food Research will undertake a pilot study this summer to determine if native birds can potentially function as nature’s pest control. With the blessing of iwi,…

How plants harness microbes to get nutrients

A Rutgers-led team has discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. In a process the team has named the “rhizophagy cycle” (rhizophagy means root eating), bacteria and fungi…

Copa-Cogeca and IBMA

Roadmap for collaboration on biocontrol solutions

Solutions to tackle pest and diseases in the farming sector have been at the top of the policy agenda over recent months. However, this should not overshadow the fact that for the past decade, EU farmers have been deprived of alternative solutions, in an overall context of scarce access to information,…

Plant nursery Kapteijns works with CleanLight:

Resilient strawberry plants without mildew first step in growing cycle

During the breeding of strawberry plants in the greenhouse of plant nursery Kapteijns, a spray boom  'flies'  over the crops on a regular basis. That in itself is not that noticeable, but the UV lights attached to the spray boom are. These UV lights are used to fight mildew without using the conventional methods. Piet-Hein…

"More sustainable crops just a spray away"

Australian scientists are investigating whether a clay-based ‘vaccine’ for plants could safeguard the nation’s $5.5 billion-combined cotton and vegetable industries against pest infestation and crippling crop losses. Funded by Hort Innovation and the Cotton Research Development Corporation, the project…

Greenhouse growers, are you ready for thrips?

As greenhouse producers are preparing for spring and the flowers become more numerous, it is time to get ready for those dreaded thrips. Well over a dozen species of thrips feed on greenhouse crops, with the most important species being the western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis. Adult thrips…

Drones against red spider mites

A project that is still being studied involves the use of drones to protect industry tomatoes from red spider mites, reports Rossano Remagli Buoli, contractor and vice-president of the Uncai contractors association in Cremona. "Contractors are entrepreneurs who invest in increasingly advanced machinery thanks to which we…

Rufus Isaacs receives award for excellence in integrated pest management

The Entomological Society of America honors Isaacs with the award for outstanding entomological contributions to the practice of integrated pest management. The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has named the winners of its 2018 professional and student awards, recognizing scientists, educators and…

UK researchers make important finding in plant disease resistance

University of Kentucky plant pathology researchers have uncovered the function and placement of another component in a pathway that triggers plant disease resistance. Their…

University of Florida reasearchers hopes to fight prevalent tomato Disease

A University of Florida scientist will lead a team of researchers trying to help battle Fusarium wilt, a major tomato disease around the world. In doing so, investigators hope to help farmers increase their tomato production. Sam Hutton, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the UF…

Zimbabwe: Farmers warned over Tuta Absoluta

Farmers here have been advised to be on the look out for the dangerous and devastating Tuta absoluta pest (tomato leafminer), which mainly targets tomatoes, tobacco, eggplants and cabbages. Addressing farmers and other stakeholders at a Tomatoes Value Chain meeting at the Zaka Rural District Council…

Next-generation biocontrol of glasshouse pests

Biological control (BC) of pests can be elegant, self-sustaining, non-polluting and cheap – when it works! In glasshouses, BC has had a long history, with researchers in the Netherlands leading the way. Before this approach was fully developed, broad-spectrum pesticides were the norm. This became…

Lettuce Fusarium wilt confirmed at new sites in the UK

Following identification of Lettuce Fusarium wilt at two UK sites in autumn 2017, the disease has now been confirmed by laboratory diagnosis at two further sites in Lancashire, while further suspect symptoms have been observed at one site in Cambridgeshire. The disease has also been identified at a total…

Controlling basil downy mildew might be as simple as turning on a light

The use of supplemental light to control downy mildew on food and ornamental crops could be integrated into current disease management practices. Downy mildew is a major disease on both ornamental and food crops. Whether these crops are grown outdoors or in a controlled environment, environmental…

Growers working with CleanLight in strawberry cultivation

Crop protection with fewer chemicals

It is summer, which for many strawberry growers is the period where they have to deal with a heightened disease rate. One of them is mildew, a fungus disease that is more active in times of high humidity and temperatures. Especially in greenhouses where the rain does not wash away the mold spores. That…

Spain: Bottle gourd, a trap for the whiteflies that damage tomato crops

Tomatoes are one of the main horticultural crops of the Region of Murcia and whiteflies are one of its main threats, mostly due to the damage they cause when feeding and,…

Influence of TLCV on morphological and biochemical traits in tomato

Eloquent information about the genetic basis of inheritance is important for any breeding program. Therefore, a diallel study was conducted under the influence of tomato leaf curl virus (TLCV) disease, using the eleven advanced lines of tomato. Firstly, information regarding percent disease index (PDI)…

French tomato grower takes on Monsanto over weedkiller

Weaving through the aisles of his greenhouse in northern France, Jean-Claude Terlet, a retired farmer who grows tomatoes for local markets, seems to be brimming with energy. "That's a beef tomato, they're delicious," he says, showing off his produce which, he stresses, is 100 percent organic. But since…

US: Partnership to bring growers biologically-based IPM

BioBee Biological Systems, headquartered in Sde Eliyaho, Israel, is at the forefront of implementing biologically-based integrated pest management (IPM) solutions in controlled environment agriculture and open-field production systems. BioBee USA, a subsidiary of BioBee, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.,…

José Luís Escobar, of King Courgette:

"We may soon have New Delhi-resistant courgette plants"

For more than six years, courgette and melon producers in Almeria have been fighting against the biggest threat to these crops: the virus known as New Delhi. This voracious virus has caused multi-million losses for the sector and led many growers to switch to other crops to avoid the risk of losing their…

Causing employees to become ill

US: Tanimura & Antle respond to suspected pesticide exposure

According to an article from The Californian, Tanimura & Antle faces potential fines up to $5,000 after failing to provide transportation for all 18 fieldworkers to the…

Coevolution of a persistent plant virus and its pepper hosts

There are many nonpathogenic viruses that are maintained in a persistent lifestyle in plants. Plant persistent viruses are widespread, replicating in their hosts for many generations. So far, Endornaviridae is the only family of plant persistent viruses with a single-stranded RNA genome, containing one…

Australia: Investment boosts disease-resistant crop technology

Farmers across the world could soon access disease-resistant crops using technology discovered by researchers from The University of Queensland after Brisbane start-up Nexgen Plants secured $3 million in investor backing. The Australian biotech company, launched by UQ’s commercialisation arm UniQuest in…

Turkey: Growers fighting against tuta absoluta in Bartin

Growers in Bartin, a city located in northern Turkey, have been fighting against tuta absoluta disease for a while. The disease is reported to have entered Turkey in 2009 and caused significant production losses in 2010.   The fight against tuta absoluta starts with the health of seedlings and followed by the…

New insights in cell death in plants might generate new leads for weed control

Some plants like the giant sequoia trees can grow into the “Largest Living Things on Earth”. Ironically, most of a tree’s biomass is actually not alive, but is formed by persistent cell corpses that are collectively called wood. Wood development is terminated by a tightly controlled cell death process of…

Receptor networks underpin plant immunity

Plants are attacked by a multitude of pathogens and pests, some of which cause epidemics that threaten food security. Yet a fundamental concept in plant pathology is that most plants are actively resistant to most pathogens and pests. Plants fend off their innumerable biotic foes primarily through innate…

Natural mortality factors of tuta absoluta in open-field tomatoes

Little importance has been given to the role of natural mortality factors (biotic and abiotic) in the regulation of tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) populations. A new study determined the action of mortality factors on T. absoluta populations infesting cultivated tomato crops.…

UK: AHDB issues ToCV factsheet

Tomato chlorosis virus (ToCV) and Tomato infectious chlorosis virus (TICV) are whitefly-transmitted criniviruses in the family Closteroviridae. Both viruses can have serious, yield-reducing effects upon tomato production if suitable control is not administered. Recent outbreaks in other countries have caused extensive economic…

Canada to phase out outdoor use of two neonicotinoid pesticides

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency is proposing to cancel all outdoor uses of clothianidin and thiamethoxam. According to Health Canada, the two neonicotinoid…

"15 percent of pesticide products in Kenya are fake"

Farmers in Kenya are exposed to counterfeit pesticide products that are rampant in the market. This is according to Patrick Amuyunzu, Chairperson of the Agro-chemical Association of Kenya (AAK). AKK estimates that the country losses between a 100-120 billion annually from the trade of counterfeit…

New Zealand: Successful partnership prevented establishment of new pest

MPI and affected industry GIA partners including TomatoesNZ have agreed to “stand down” the Poinsettia Thrips (Echniothrips americanas) investigation, after surveys found no further specimens. The “Unwanted Organism” was discovered in August 2017 in one Auckland greenhouse. This species of Thrips can…

A measured approach to new age crop protection

"There are many bugs and diseases that attack plants, animals and humans. To manage and fight off these attacks a range of compounds are used, many of them with a chemical base. In the primary industries we have seen the damage introduced bugs and diseases can do with Psa in kiwifruit and Mycoplasma…

Reinforced hook for predatory mite sachets

As of 1 August, predatory mite paper sachets from Koppert Biological Systems will be delivered with a hook that has a moisture-resistant coating on both sides. As a result, the hook is sturdier and more resistant to moisture, so that the sachets remain firmly in place in the crop. Product manager Tim…

Bayer shares plummet after Roundup cancer trial

Bayer shares plunged more than 10 percent on Monday after a California jury ordered the German company’s newly acquired Monsanto subsidiary to pay $289 million for not warning…

Grant to improve pest management in the Pacific

University of Queensland researchers will develop a program to help improve the livelihoods of farmers in the Pacific islands by tackling problems caused by pests and crop diseases. The program is the keystone of a five year project funded by a $4.4 million grant from The Australian Centre for…

New sticky traps save growers valuable time

The use of sticky traps for monitoring harmful insects is well-established in the professional horticulture sector. When installed early enough, growers benefit from a rapid-warning system, allowing them to take action before the harmful insects can set up camp in their crops. Hanging the sticky traps…

Resistance and rotation - the value of biorationals

Biorational crop protection products offer major benefits in terms of resistance management and can be used effectively in programmes with other products. To maintain the life of plant protection products and avoid resistance developing, pest and disease control products should be rotated. In fact the…

Killing them softly; controlling insect pests through biology

Bionema recently kicked off their pilot JMAPP partner programme, in association with Cranfield University. As part of their open innovation strategy, they’re working with three pioneering agritech businesses within the programme. Following a recent interview with Azotic Technologies, it’s time to meet…

New production site enables rapid response for gall midge demand

Aphidoletes aphidimyza is a key weapon in aphid pest control. This tiny gall midge is positively thriving at Biobest’s new state-of-the-art production site in Morocco, leaving the group well placed to respond to any surge in demand for this natural enemy. The new 2000 m 2 production facility opened in…

Philip van Staalduinen, Van Marrewijk Tomaten:

NL: Fighting whitefly was troublesome at all levels

"No, it has not been an easy year so far," says Pieter van Staalduinen when he was asked about the start of the season. Besides problems with Nesidiocoris, tomato russet mite and whitefly, the company also was contaminated with the tomato chlorosis virus (TOC virus) in the lighted cultivation. ‘We now go…


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