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Gabe Diaz-Saavedra joins Certis USA

Gabe Diaz-Saavedra brings his extensive background in biopesticides and organic production to the biopesticide company Certis USA as Account Manager for the mid-Atlantic states. Diaz-Saavedra handles sales and marketing duties for the company’s bioinsecticides and biofungicides, as well as the introduction.....

India: Workshops on proper use of agrochemicals

An action plan to curb misuse of agrochemicals is a must as Indian farmers are either overusing or misusing them said C Parthasarathi, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Telangana State.Though the Government comes out with several resolutions and Acts, its often found wanting in enforcing them, he said at a one.....

Effects of uneven vertical distribution of soil salinity on blossom-end rot

Soil salinity influences plant growth and crop yield significantly. Former studies indicated that uneven salt distribution in the root zone could relieve salt stress. But, how uneven salt distribution influences Na+ and Ca2+ concentration in the stem, leaf, and fruit and whether this influence would bring.....

Prevent tipburn on greenhouse lettuce

Tipburn is a physiological disorder of greenhouse-grown lettuce that can be a problem for growers who are trying to produce their crops in a short period of time. Tipburn can have a significant impact on the salability of a lettuce crop. The same disorder can manifest itself in tomato crops as blossom end.....

Marrone Bio Innovations expands into Africa

Marrone Bio Innovations has shipped its first product to the African continent. MBI shipped its biofungicide, Reysana, to Morocco for use by growers on tomatoes, grapes and cucurbits. Reysana contains the same ingredients as Regalia Biofungicide, which is marketed and sold in more than 10 countries.....

US: Tough 5EC herbicide granted for emergency use in mint

Engage Agro - a member of the Belchim Group, announces that Tough 5EC Herbicide (Pyridate) has been granted a Section 18 Emergency Use Exemption in the United States for post emergent control of herbicide resistant weeds in mint in several counties in the states of: Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon,.....

August 29, Portland

US (NY): Sustainable and organic vegetable pest management field day

Join Cornell Vegetable Program Specialists (Telenko, Hadad, Reid) and Cornell University faculty (Wallace, Smart, Reiners, Bjorkman) for an evening of touring Cornell Vegetable Program research sites and answering questions on sustainable and organic pest management options for fresh market vegetable.....

STK signs distribution agreement with Syngenta Australia

STK (Stockton), a company in the development and marketing of botanical based solutions for food protection, has signed a Commercialization and Distribution agreement with Syngenta Australia (Syngenta). The agreement grants Syngenta the exclusive right to distribute STK’s Timorex Gold biofungicide for.....

International collaboration on crop protection

AHDB crop protection staff working in collaboration with the EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility have benefited from sharing residue data and exploring an international crop protection registration database to identify approvals across Europe and further afield.Specialists in pesticide regulation, Vivian.....

UK: New mating disruption technique offers hope for Tuta absoluta control

A synthetic pheromone that confuses male Tuta absoluta moths so they can’t find females to mate with, Isonet-T, is offering new hope to commercial tomato growers for control of the devastating pest.In the trials conducted in 2017 and funded by AHDB Horticulture, the mating disruption technique led to.....

Will these caterpillars become a new super pest?

Australian-led research could help save the world’s farmers more than $6 billion lost every year to its most voracious caterpillars. The cotton bollworm and the corn earworm — Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa zea, respectively — are humanity’s greatest competitors for food and fibre, according to CSIRO.....

AgroFresh introduces foggable fungicide platform

AgroFresh Solutions announced the launch of ActiMist, a foggable fungicide delivery system. Fludioxnil, marketed as ActiMistFDL will be the first in a family of foggable fungicides added to the existing service platform of SmartFresh 1-MCP, Harvista for pre-harvest application, and the AdvanStore monitoring.....

US (NH): USDA grant to study effects of pesticide treatments on weeds

A researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire has received a $474,679 grant to determine if pesticide seed treatments inadvertently protect weed seeds in the soil from being attacked by naturally occurring invertebrate and fungal species.Many crops in the United.....

There are 1001 ways to use predatory mites!

Recently Vineland's Drs. Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge submitted another interesting article to Greenhouse Canada, describing '1001 ways to use predatory mites'. It is the fourth article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. Commercially available predatory.....

US: Pest threatens Wisconsin fruit crops

An invasive fruit fly has been threatening crops of Wisconsin berry growers since it first arrived in 2010. Now University of Wisconsin researchers are trying to pinpoint when and where the fruit-loving pest is most active within plants.UW-Madison fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guédot said they began.....

A visit to Biobest:

This is how your bumblebees and beneficials are made

PHOTO REPORT Recently we were welcomed by Biobest for a tour at their Belgian headquarters in Westerlo. In a previously published article we discussed the company's past , present and future.In this article, Biobest's Plant Operations Manager Ramon van der Kruijs shows us around and explains us about the importanceof the.....

UK: New nematode products provide up to 95% natural insect pest control

UK based biotechnology company Bionema is officially launching its unique new UK nematode pest control product, which boasts 20% more efficiency and up to 95% kill rates, at this year's 'Fruit Focus' in Kent in July.The key message to leading commercial fruit growers at the showcase event is that natural.....

BioSafe Systems introduces broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide

BioSafe Systems announces PerCarb (Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate), a new alternative to Potassium Bicarbonate and lime sulfur products for use in agriculture.PerCarb is an EPA-registered, 0-hour REI, broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide designed to treat and control plant pathogens that cause major foliar.....

US: Northern New York publishes first bee health report

How healthy are the bees in Northern New York?The results of a first-ever survey to identify the presence of key parasites and pathogens in regional bee colonies are now posted at www.nnyagdev.org.The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program provided a small grant for a survey of.....

UK: Ecospray appoints Robert Lidstone as Commercial Manager

Ecospray announces the addition of their new Commercial Manager, Robert Lidstone. Robert joined Ecospray to help develop and implement the company’s global commercial strategy as it enters a phase of rapid growth as a result of registration approvals for NEMguard; its low impact, bio rational nematicide.....

Australia: Starpharma sells agrochemicals business to Agrium

Starpharma Holdings has completed a transaction to sell its agrochemicals and Priostar business (Starpharma Agrochemicals) to Agrium for a $35 million in cash consideration. The Starpharma Agrochemical business will be operated by Agrium’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Loveland Products.“The proceeds from the.....

UK: ICL and Lallemand to showcase Prestop at Fruit Focus

Visitors to Fruit Focus are invited to hear more about the latest innovation in biocontrols, as growers look to employ more sustainable farming practices to compliment integrated disease management programmes.Prestop, from Lallemand Plant Care, is a biofungicide which contains the mycelia and spores of a.....

How the bumblebee coincidentally saved the greenhouse industry

Bumblebees, beneficial insects and mites are probably the most loyal residents of a grower's greenhouse. But having them around is not all as natural as you think. Did you know that it was by a coincidence that a Belgian veterinarian discovered the power of bumblebees for greenhouse pollination? It was a.....

US: Managed honeybee colony numbers increased since 2006

About one-third of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators, such as managed honeybees and more than 3,500 species of native bees. These pollinators face a variety of stressors that can impact their health, such as insect pests, pesticide exposure, and habitat changes. Honeybee mortality, as measured by.....

US (MD): Cucumber downy mildew confirmed in Dorchester Co.

Downy mildew on cucumber was confirmed in Dorchester County, MD on Wednesday. The cucumber crop should be protected with a fungicide that targets downy mildew. There are several fungicide options available: see.....

A visit to Biobest:

This is how your bumblebees and beneficials are made

PHOTO REPORT Recently we were welcomed by Biobest for a tour at their Belgian headquarters in Westerlo. Plant Operations Manager Ramon van der Kruijs was so kind to show us around and explain us about the importanceof the tiniestdetails to daily produce millions of highly efficient animals such as bumblebees,.....

Citrus greening spreads to Alabama, US

A highly contagious bacterial disease that seriously threatens the U.S. citrus industry has been found for the first time in Alabama.Federal and state plant officials confirm that citrus greening was found in leaf and insect samples at a home on Dauphin Island, according to a news release Tuesday from the.....

Which Biopesticides are available for use in U.S. greenhouses?

In Part 1 of this article, “What is a biopesticide?” MSU Extension reviewed the three categories of biopesticides in the U.S.: biochemical, microbials and plant-incorporated protectants. There are 299 biopesticide active ingredients registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but only 40 of.....

Costa Rica reduces agrochemicals use

Costa Rica managed to reduce the number of agrochemicals used per area in agricultural activities, from 10.7 kilos of active ingredient per hectare in 2015 to 9.6 kilos per hectare in 2016, according to a report released by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE).The entity noted that the decrease is even.....

What is a biopesticide?

An increasing number of greenhouse growers in Michigan are discovering biopesticides can be used in conjunction with commercially purchased natural enemies as a part of their integrated pest management (IPM) programs. Biopesticides offer numerous advantages to growers, including lower risk to employees,.....

Probiotics may help bees survive crop protection exposure

In a new study from Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) and Western University, researchers have shown that probiotics can potentially protect honey bees from the toxic effects of pesticides.Honey bees are critical to agriculture as they pollinate approximately 35 per cent of the global food crop,.....

LSU AgCenter researchers receive USDA grant to study pollinator health

LSU AgCenter entomologists Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale received nearly a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study honeybee health.The LSU AgCenter is one of seven universities to receive part of $6.8 million the USDA is investing in.....

Suppressing phytophthora root rot in northern highbush blueberry

Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands causes root rot of northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.), which decreases plant growth, yield, and profitability for growers. Fungicides are available to suppress the disease, but are prone to development of resistance in target pathogens and cannot be used in.....

Koppert improves biological control of thrips

A newly patented sachet for the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii now makes it possible to combat thrips infestations more efficiently than ever. Developed by Koppert Biological Systems, the Ulti-Mite Swirski breeding system is strongly resistant to both low and high levels of humidity, making the system.....

US: Expanded approval for Abamex insecticide

With an updated label for the insecticide Abamex from Nufarm, more specialty crops - including mandarin oranges - can benefit from the product's control of pysllids, mites, leafminers and other pests. Abamex is a new low-volatility, water-based formulation of abamectin that is safer for applicators to.....

EFSA public consultation: epidemiological studies and pesticides

EFSA has opened a public consultation on its scientific opinion looking at the use of epidemiological studies in risk assessment of pesticides.The opinion examines the methodological limitations that affect the quality of such studies and makes recommendations on how to improve their quality and reliability.....

"Diagnostics and knowledge of bacteria needed to prevent spread of diseases"

Agricultural and horticultural crops worldwide are threatened by various diseases, from which several important ones are caused by bacteria. Bacterial infections can result in a great variety of symptoms such as wilting, leaf spot, cankers and bacterial rot.Bacterial diseases are feared especially by.....

USDA gets serious about saving bees

Pollinators are a vital part of agricultural production. In the United States, more than one-third of all crop production – 90 crops ranging from nuts to berries to flowering vegetables - requires insect pollination. Managed honey bee colonies are the country's primary pollinators, adding at least $15.....

WUR research digs into management of greenhouse air fungi

Wageningen University & Research Greenhouse Horticulture has, with the project Sustainable Cultivation Strategy, conducted a broad knowledge inventory to develop an integrated system approach for managing greenhouse air fungi.Based on a comprehensive study, new cultivation strategies have been drafted......

New AHDB RB209 Nutrient Management app available from Apple Store

The new AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) is now available to download as an interactive app from the Apple Store. The guide offers best practice guidance on the application of mineral fertilisers, manures and slurries to crops and grassland.The updated edition is split into seven colour-coded sections,.....

Belgian universities to develop agricultural biologicals

VIB, Ghent University and KU Leuven have launched a new spin-off: Aphea.Bio. This new company will develop sustainable agricultural products based on natural microorganisms to increase crop yields and to protect them against specific fungal diseases. Thanks to a successful Series A financing round and an.....

Why does bee health matter?

A colony of healthy honey bees is like a superorganism—individual bees provide the cohesiveness and interplay among its cells and tissues by delivering pollen and nectar containing nutrients necessary for growth and survival. Better nutrition gives the colony a strong immune system and the means to stay.....