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Crop Protection

Copa & Cogeca:

"Science first in EU decisions on plant protection products for crops"

A top priority for Luc Peeters from Belgium, re-elected as Chairman of Copa and Cogeca Phytosanitary Questions Working Party, is to make sure that science comes first in EU decisions concerning authorisation of plant protection products (PPPs) on the market and that sufficient supplies of PPPs on the market.....

Chinese farmers need to cope with new pesticide schemes

China has only 7 percent of the world’s arable land to feed more than 20 percent of the world’s population. The overuse of fertilizers and pesticides in China has damaged the environment and caused food safety concerns.To promote low-carbon development in agriculture, China plans to achieve a zero increase.....

US: Netting proving effective against Minnesota berry pest

An invasive fruit fly is threatening berry crops in Minnesota and forcing many growers to either change their techniques or get out of the business.Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) primarily attacks raspberries, blackberries and blueberries but can also infest strawberries, grapes and stone fruit, according to.....

Koppert and King Saud University sign research agreement

Koppert Biological Systems and the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia are joining forces to find biological solutions against pests and diseases in date palms. Both parties have signed a research and development agreement in Riyadh on Wednesday.The contract was signed by Koppert’s Product Manager.....

‘Extension of approval not prudent’

WUR: High levels of glyphosate in European agricultural soil

There has been a great deal of discussion about the use and extension of the approval of use of glyphosate as a herbicide. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in Europe. In 2016 the approval by the European Commission for the use of this agent expired. However, an extension of approval of use is currently.....

Protein restricts sap uptake by aphids

Researchers at Umeå University and Wageningen University have discovered how plants can defend themselves against aphids. They recorded aphid behavior on video, and identified a plant protein that keeps aphids from feeding. The results have been published in The Plant Cell.During her PhD, Karen Kloth studied.....

NZ potato & tomato growers relieved at the release of pest eating wasp

A pest which has cost the New Zealand potato industry over $120 million since 2006 may be on the way out thanks to a wasp which has been released in Hawke's Bay and Canterbury.The tamarixia trioaze, a wasp that comes from the United States and Mexico, destroys the tomato potato psyllid pest by laying an egg.....

Spain: Biobest recommends Nutrimite in sweet pepper

Biobest Sistemas Biológicos SL has developed a novel strategy based on providing Nutrimite as a food supplement for the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii to accelerate and improve its installation in sweet pepper crops. It can also be applied to crops that do not produce pollen, such as cucumber. Nutrimite,.....

NatureFresh Farms develops unconventional pest management methods

A pest outbreak in the fall of 2016 left all bell pepper growers in the Leamington area highly concerned. Pepper Weevil (Anthonomus Eugenii) is an unconventional pest that a regular Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system cannot maintain and cannot be spotted by humans which makes it nearly impossible to.....
October 16, State College

US (PA): Seminar on persistent viruses in peppers

There are many non-pathogenic viruses that are maintained in a persistent lifestyle in plants. Plant persistent viruses are widespread, replicating in their hosts for many generations. Endornaviridae is the only family in this group with a single-stranded RNA genome, the rest have double-stranded RNA.....

Philippe Nicot, Biocomes:

Farmers don’t want pesticides, but in the meantime, they have a business to run

If you really want to make a difference as a researcher in the field of integrated pest management and biological control, you need to cooperate in an early stage with all actors in the chain, including industry. That is the firm believe of Dr. Philippe Nicot, who was recently re-elected for a second term as.....

Good results with PepMV vaccine in European countries

The highly infectious Pepino Mosaic Virus (PepMV) results in severe damage and economical losses in greenhouse tomato crops. Thijs de Lange, DCM:”PMV®-01 shows good results in various types of tomatoes, ranging from beef tomatoes to the smallest types of specialties, with and without artificial lighting.”.....

Webinar: Estimating pesticide risk

Pesticides are invaluable tools for food and fiber production, and undergo careful evaluation prior to registration and commercial availability. Post-registration risks remain, and can be managed through informed product selection, and use-specific mitigation measures.The Pesticide Risk Tool (PRT) is an.....

US (NY): Venerate XC Bioinsecticide now available in New York

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. has announced the availability of Venerate XC bioinsecticide in New York. Venerate XC is a liquid microbial-based, contact and ingestion insecticide that degrades insect exoskeletons and interferes with molting of chewing insects, nymphs and adult sucking insects, as well as.....

Germany: What is going on with the tomatoes?

The changeable weather of this summer was an issue for tomatoes. According to data from the Chamber of Agriculture North-Rhine Westphalia most damages are split open fruits, or fruits with apical-blossom end rot. Some tomatoes show yellow or green shrouds or so-called gold-dots.The tomatoes are splitting.....

US: Bee Vectoring Technologies gains official organic certification

Bee Vectoring Technologies has received official organic certification in the US, and its proprietary formulation of Vectorite with BVT-CR7 is now listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).The listing means the product meets the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) guidelines under the.....

US (IL): Downy mildew outbreak could affect cucurbit crops

On August 17, 2017, University of Illinois pumpkin expert Mohammad Babadoost detected downy mildew in a pumpkin field in St. Anne, Illinois (Kankakee County), and warns that it could spread quickly.Babadoost, a plant pathologist in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I, observed heavy sporulation of the.....

NL: Water as weapon against Crazy Roots

Water is an infection source for Crazy Roots. Agrobacterium, the pathogen that causes Crazy Roots, multiplies and spreads very easily in water and in water storage facilities. These water facilities like (drip) irrigation pipelines and water tanks are also spaces where organic contamination accumulates. This.....

by Manuel Campos, Ph.D., Entomologist, BioSafe Systems

Lifecycle management of fall production pests using biological pesticides

Seasons come and seasons go, but it always seems like the pests are here to stay. Developing a successful and sustainable year-round IPM program should be paramount for any grower whether it be in the greenhouse or in the nursery fields. Keeping in mind the entire lifecycle of the trouble insects can be more.....

Educational symposia for growers in Honduras and Chile

Marrone Bio Innovations has announced it is sponsoring an educational symposia for growers in Honduras and Chile.Dr. Bielinski Santos, Field Development and Technical Services Manager for MBI’s Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean territories, serves on the executive committee of the Latin America Ag Educational.....

Effects of growing medium type and moisture level on predation

The fungus gnat, Bradysia sp. nr. coprophila (Lintner) (Diptera: Sciaridae), is an insect pest of greenhouse production systems. The rove beetle, Dalotia coriaria [Kraatz] (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), is a commercially available predator of certain greenhouse insect pests that reside in growing media,.....

What soap is safe to use on organic food crops for insect control?

Organic farming requires any pest management materials used be in compliance with USDA's National Organic Program regulations and must be used in the context of organic principles for farming and handling practices.The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) provides an independent review of products.....

Guelph study: "Neonics put bumblebees at risk of extinction"

Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new University of Guelph study.Prof. Nigel Raine has discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than one-quarter.This study has.....

Timorex Gold wins approval in Spain

STK (Stockton) announced that its biologic fungicide Timorex Gold obtained registration from the Spanish Pest Management Regulatory Agency for the control of powdery mildew on cucumber and zucchini in the greenhouse.“Spain’s approval is an important milestone for Timorex Gold. This is a significant.....