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"Isolation not enough to protect New Zealand’s borders"

"New Zealand’s isolation from the rest of the world has, until recently, protected our country from many pests and diseases. By good luck and some good management we have kept a lot of the world’s pests and diseases out of New Zealand. In recent years, however, that situation has changed, and the.....
battling white fly and tobacco white fly

ToCV outbreak in the Netherlands

The Dutch horticulture is alert for the risk of the Tomato chlorosis crinivirus (ToCV). The virus has so far been found at eleven Dutch tomato production companies. A survey of other production companies, including tomato but also pepper, and eggplant, is conducted and growers are advised to take extra.....

US: EPA settles with Amazon for distributions of illegal pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with Amazon Services LLC to protect the public from the hazards posed by unregistered and misbranded pesticide products. The agreement settles allegations that Amazon committed nearly four thousand violations of the “Federal Insecticide,.....

US (MI): "Be on the lookout for spider mites and broad mites"

Fungal and bacterial disease pressure has been very low in southwest Michigan and it appears to be the same throughout the west central and eastern sides of the state as well. However, Michigan State University Extension greenhouse educators have seen symptoms of root rot on vegetative cuttings in several.....

Rob Matheusen, Gebroeders Valstar:

"I use the website to quickly find answers to practical questions"

From the results of a recent survey of their website, the Biobest Group has been able to improve and renew its website to make it more customer focussed. Rob Matheusen, the manager of the Damsigt facility of Gebroeders Valstar, completed the survey and was the lucky winner of an iPad, recently presented to.....

Multi-pronged approach to reducing tomato leaf miner devastation

The tomato leaf miner has been keeping European farmers busy since 2006. Andermatt Biocontrol aims to make a major contribution to the successful control of this pest in the future by offering various solutions.by Samuel Stüssi and Felix DubachThe tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta) was first detected in.....

Horticulture New Zealand backs strong stance on stink bugs

Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine says the industry is encouraged to hear Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say he won’t let the brown marmorated stink bug anywhere near New Zealand."I know a lot of people are complaining about how annoying crickets are right now, but they will seem like.....

Dropsa presents latest & closing findings

The International Soft Fruit Conference 2018 included a wide range of presentations that covered many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to these presentations was an exhibition where soft fruit related companies and organisations presented their newest developments and services......

"Sustainable cultivation goes much further than pests and natural enemies"

The role of technology in biological control is set to grow even further; that's the prediction of Peter Maes, Koppert's director of Corporate Marketing. The latest techniques and technology are growing in importance in response to Koppert's broader field of work. "If we can get to know and understand the.....

March 19-22, Berkel en Rodenrijs

NL: Koppert hosts international entomology training course

From 19 to 22 March Koppert Biological Systems will be hosting an international training course Entomology in the Netherlands. To implement and understand IPM in different countries and different crops you need a lot of skills and knowledge. In this international training course they teach you about the most.....

"Alternaria may result in plant death"

Alternaria is a genus of ascomycete fungi that is often associated with decay and decomposition of plant residues. It is found everywhere in the natural environment. However, many species are also plant pathogens that typically infect foliage, flowers or fruits in many types of annuals, perennials and.....

"Shore flies are the ring leader of nuisance insects in the greenhouse"

Shore flies (Sactella stagnalis) feed mostly on algae as well as decaying organic matter found in the growing medium, but cause no direct damage to greenhouse crops. They are known to transmit and spread disease throughout a greenhouse and if ignored may cause significant disease problems. Shore flies are.....

Tasmania: Authorities seize produce taken outside exclusion zones

Biosecurity Tasmania has seized up to 40 kilograms of fruit which was taken out of the fruit fly control zone in Tasmania's north-west. Nick Hansen from Fruit Growers Tasmania said officers confiscated the pest host fruit. "This was produce that was either grown in the control zone or had travelled through.....

US: Kocide 3000-O approved for use in organic agriculture

Kocide 3000-O copper fungicide/bactericide receives approval by the U.S. EPA for use in the organic production of vegetables, small fruits, tree crops and vines. Available from Certis USA, Kocide 3000-O is NOP Approved and OMRI Listed.Jim Black, Certis USA Director of Business Development, said, “Our growers.....