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Video: Organic management of downy mildew in cucurbits

A new video, Managing Cucurbit Downy Mildew on Organic Farms, has been posted on the eXtension website. The 11-minute video discusses strategies that organic growers can use if they face downy mildew problems, such as selecting resistant cultivars, using OMRI-listed pesticides, choosing specific high tunnel.....

UK: SCEPTRE gives growers access to new plant protection product

UK growers of field vegetable crops who are struggling with weed control options may welcome the new extension of authorisation for minor use (EAMU) granted for the bioherbicide ‘Finalsan’.Tested as part of SCEPTRE, a four-year plant protection research programme funded by AHDB Horticulture, ‘Finalsan’.....

Bayer launches crop protection transparency website

Bayer launched its new transparency website, designed to enable access to scientific data needed for the evaluation of plant protection products.In addition to summaries of safety-related study reports for a significant number of active substances, Bayer will start to enable non-commercial access to the.....

UK: Gene experts use CRISPR/Cas to tackle pest control

Experts are to investigate how genetic techniques could be applied to help control pest species.The team is evaluating how a technology called gene drive could be used to spread an infertility gene in rats and mice. The technique could provide a more humane method of controlling vermin populations.A similar.....

Italian grower on Trianum-P:

"The yield is above average"

Domenico Giulian started his company in the mid-seventies in the Salerno area, in southern Italy. Since then he has produced mainly lettuce in winter. In spring and summer he usually switches to tomatoes, melons and eggplants.In the beginning, the production was in a greenhouse on 3 hectares. In 1999, he.....

EU biological control project produces new virus to fight tomato leaf miner

In the EU project BIOCOMES – coordinated by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) – a large, international consortium of thirteen commercial companies and fourteen research institutes worked together on the development of new biological control products.The availability of these products is becoming.....

UK: Beating strawberry mildew with garlic

Fiveways Fruit Farm near Colchester run by Julian Mead has an established reputation supplying farmers markets, East of England Co-op, London Markets and locals with asparagus, soft and top fruits.One of the main crops is tabletop production of strawberries in polytunnels. Picking starts in May with Flair.....

Marrone Bio Innovations adds three commercial managers

Marrone Bio Innovations has announced that Steve Bogash, Matt Heinze and Dr. Karla J. Medina-Ortega have joined the MBI team to meet customer needs in the growing biological products industry.“We are pleased to have such tenured and talented additions to our team,” said Pam Marrone, CEO of MBI. “Steve, Matt.....

STK hosts GlobalGAP Tour in Jerusalem

“In order for agriculture to become increasingly sustainable, bio-pesticides must continue to expand their role as an integral part of crop protection”, says Guy Elitzur, CEO of STK (Stockton). This is why STK, which develops and markets cutting-edge botanical-based solutions, hosted the 2017 GlobalGAP Tour.....

Russet mite is a problem in Belgian nurseries

Every tomato grower’s interest is triggered by lighted cultivation. By visiting similar cultivations with colleagues, a fascinating exchange of knowledge as well as discussion takes place. "This is exactly the purpose of Lycopersicon cvba", says Bert Thienpondt, cultivation advisor at consultancy firm.....

Certis USA introduces Carb-O-Nator for greenhouse, nursery use

The biopesticide company, Certis USA, introduces Carb-O-Nator, a broad spectrum foliar fungicide that works on contact to control powdery mildew, Alternaria, Anthracnose, Botrytis, Septoria leaf spot and other diseases. Carb-O-Nator is registered for use on agricultural crops, terrestrial and ornamental,.....

New Zealand: Biosecurity week to spread awareness on keeping out pests

Pests and diseases from offshore can cause serious harm to New Zealand's unique environment and primary industries; and the Port of Tauranga is one of many potential gateways.Biosecurity week activities highlight the importance of biosecurity and the role that everyone in the Bay of Plenty can play in.....

December 14, Lancashire

UK: AHDB offers technical workshop on lettuce fusarium wilt

An outbreak of an aggressive disease, lettuce Fusarium wilt has been reported in UK lettuce crops for the first time and growers are being urged to look out for symptoms to get diagnosis early.Lettuce Fusarium wilt has previously been found in mainland Europe, but the identification of this strain of the.....

Jürgen Köhl:

“The end of BIOCOMES marks a good start”

“The results of four years of BIOCOMES have been better than expected,” says project coordinator Jürgen Köhl of Wageningen University and Research. “This partnership between 14 research institutes and 13 companies has allowed us to have a considerable impact, not only in terms of scientific literature but.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

"Biosecurity should be top priority for new Government"

A biosecurity incursion can (and has) bring parts of the primary sector to a complete standstill; Psa did this to kiwifruit not too long ago. Today, the Ministry for Primary Industries are managing a number of incursions, including mycoplasma bovis, myrtle rust, pea weevil, and oyster parasite, to name but a.....

Illumitex researches opportunities for camera scouting:

Will this pink LED become your green thumb?

Growing one plant is not that difficult, growing tens of thousands in a single greenhouse is a different cup of tea. In order to allow growers to stay ahead of the curve, Illumitex is investing in the development of their Digital Horticulture platform. The horticulture lighting company is working on camera.....

Will biofungicide prevent all crop problems in the greenhouse?

Check out this Q&A video with Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel about how this natural bacterium can help against root diseases such as Pythium and Fusarium.For more informationPremier Tech Horticulture Office1, avenue PremierRivière-du-Loup (Québec)Canada G5R 6C1T: +1 418 867-8883Toll free: +1 855.....
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.....