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BioConsortia raises $15 million in funding

BioConsortia, an agricultural biotechnology company that uses a proprietary method for the selection of beneficial microbial consortia for crop improvement, has raised an additional $15 million in Series B funding. Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital participated equally in the round. This fund-raising round,.....

US: New biofungicide approved by California

STK Bio-ag technologies, the Israel-based researcher and manufacturer of biopesticides, announced that its new biofungicide AVIV, which has already been approved by 25 states in the US, has now been approved for use by California for a wide range of fruits and vegetables and TNV crops, including grapes,.....

Insect screen - Alternative to chemical control in open field production of carrot and cabbage

Different insect species can cause serious damage to young transplants as well as serious leaf and root damage to older plants leading to often reduced marketability and yielding.Pesticide use has always been an important tool in the production of carrots and cabbage. They control various diseases, insects.....

Rick Antle - A legend in agriculture passes away

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rick Lester Antle, an icon of the produce industry and a legend in agriculture," says a statement from Tanimura & Antle. After a brief battle with cancer, Rick passed away peacefully surrounded by those he loved and hand-in-hand with his wife,.....

Australia: Vegetable health gets $16M boost

Plant disease specialists from around the country are combining forces to combat some of the biggest threats to Australian vegetables through a $16M initiative.Being delivered by Hort Innovation, and led by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries with support from government agencies and.....

Preventive learning about pests before experience takes over

In areas with cooler climates or seasons protected enclosures can extend a crop production period, promote earlier harvest, and improve quality when (some) disease problems are reduced. However, these generally warmer, drier environments with well-fed plants and no natural enemies (biological controls) are.....

Tasmania lifts ban on fruit from Melbourne fumigation facility

Tasmania's Biosecurity Department has lifted a ban on fruit and vegetable imports from a Melbourne plant, that was linked to a fruit fly outbreak. The ban on fresh produce imports from the Melbourne fumigation facility - linked to a fruit fly outbreak - was implemented earlier this year. Fruit and vegetables.....

New tomato variety resistant to many insects

A wild tomato from the Galapagos Islands has been discovered by scientists from Wageningen University & Research to be resistant to a wide range of pest insects. This variety is closely related to the cultivated tomato, making the resilience easier to interbreed into the latter and ultimately making it.....

Australia: Also sterile fruit flies enlisted in fruit fly fight

Millions of ‘attractive’ sterile fruit flies are being dropped from the sky over Adelaide as the $45 million fruit fly fight continues.This is the first time Queensland fruit flies (Qfly) sourced only from the new National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) Facility in Port Augusta have been used SIT to assist.....

Timorex Gold pioneer Dani Neifeld leaves STK

After 16 years of fruitful partnership with STK, Dani Neifeld, father and inventor of the company’s flagship botanical-based solution, Timorex Gold, is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.An avid agronomist, biologist and entrepreneur, Dani became fascinated with the tea tree and its naturally.....

Spain left on its own in EU plant protection discussions

The Brexit will isolate Spain when it comes to defending its farmers' interests on phytosanitary protection within the EU, since the UK has been an assiduous ally in this filed, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.During the annual meeting of the plant protection sectorial organization Aepla, the.....

US (CA): Isagro announces EPA registration for Taegro 2 biofungicide

Isagro USA announces the approval by the California EPA of Taegro 2 broad-spectrum biofungicide, for use in a wide variety of vegetable, fruit and horticulture crops.Taegro 2 biofungicide provides broad-spectrum protection of major soil-borne and foliar diseases. The product is suitable for conventional.....

Veg IPM Update: Allium leaf miner

Allium leaf miner (ALM) traps (sticky cards) were deployed on March 20, in overwintered allium crops at sites in Lawrenceville and Pennington (Mercer County), and Milford, Pittstown and Asbury (Hunterdon County). These traps have been checked weekly since that time and have returned no positive ALM catches......
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Solution to prevent blotchy ripening in tomatoes

The Almeria-based company Ecoculture Biosciences, a leader in the development of specific solutions to tackle abiotic stress processes in crops, is solving the problems caused by blotchy ripening in tomatoes, helping increase the product's profitability. It is doing so with the application of one of its.....