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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 the.....

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.....

Canada to phase out outdoor use of two neonicotinoid pesticides

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency is proposing to cancel all outdoor uses ofclothianidin and thiamethoxam. According to Health Canada, the two neonicotinoid pesticides are being measured at levels that are harmful to aquatic insects."Protecting the health and safety of Canadians and their.....

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.....

"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 pesticides.....

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 feed on a.....

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 bovis in.....

Dr. Hong Zhu promoted to Senior VP of R&D at BioConsortia

BioConsortia, innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and yield improvement, announced the promotion of Dr. Hong Zhu to Senior Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Hong Zhu will lead the next phase of expansion of BioConsortia’s Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS).....

UK: BASIS celebrates its 40th anniversary

Standard setting, training and auditing organisation, BASIS Registration, is celebrating its 40th year of service to agricultural and related industries throughout 2018.To showcase the past four decades of both the organisation and the industry, Stephen Jacob, BASIS CEO, looks back to 1978 when BASIS was.....

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 Bossinga.....

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 of cancer risks posed by its main weed killer. The case against Monsanto, bought by Bayer this year for $63 billion, is the first of.....

Ethiopia: IPM technical committee for horticulture sector established

A workshop on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technical committee establishment for commercial horticulture crops (CHCs) was held on July 31, 2018 at Capital Hotel; with the objective to promote IPM in more practical ways within the horticulture sector in Ethiopian agriculture.Ethiopian Horticulture.....

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 International.....