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New technology for proven whitefly & thrips control

The control of pests using BioControl Agents is good news for the environment due to the consequential reduction in the number of conventional pesticide sprays required and is practiced throughout the world with extremely successful results. Changes in pest pressure require adaptations of beneficials too…

Study on survival and reproduction of Harmonia axyridis under insecticides used in tomato plants

Agriculture depends on the correct use of different methods for pest control, however the cultivation methods adopted for Solanaceae demand numerous pesticide applications. These products can be either harmful or selective to beneficial organisms, such as Coccinellidae predators. The aim of this study…

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BASF Digital Farming and Pessl collaborate to boost fruit and vegetable production

"We want to prevent the damage occurring in the first place"

BASF Digital Farming and Pessl Instruments have signed an agreement to collaborate globally on R&D activities to improve pest management in fruits and vegetables and thus boost production. The collaboration will pair the unique hardware and software capabilities of Pessl, specifically its automatized…

New, ‘broad’ type of resistance against insects found in plants

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and KeyGene in the Netherlands and Umeå University in Sweden have discovered that a resistance gene in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) that is active against the green peach aphid also affects several other aphids and some whiteflies. That is…

Identifying white mold in tomato production

White mold, or timber rot, is caused by the soil-borne fungal pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. The photo on right shows a high tunnel tomato plant with main stem infected by white mold. Over time the entire plant will slowly collapse looking similar to a wilt or root rot pathogen as the water supply…

Energy-saving success during the rearing of natural enemies

The Energy and Water Sustainability Focus Group of Koppert is hard at work prioritizing and reducing Koppert’s consumption of natural gas, other fossil fuels and electricity. This includes using a green label greenhouse with sustainable technologies such as heat-saving screens and heat pumps. One…

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6 common greenhouse pests and how to manage them

Pest and disease outbreaks in a greenhouse are a serious pain and can get out of hand if they aren’t addressed properly. Pest and disease outbreaks in a greenhouse usually require three main factors: a susceptible host plant, the presence of a pest or disease, and the right environment for it to…

"Regulatory reform for biological crop protection is needed"

A new article published in AgroPages today by Dr. Minshad Ansari, Chairman of the World Bioprotection Forum (WBF), argues that now is the time for reforming the regulatory…

For Dutch cucumber grower, "Spidex Vital lives up to its promises"

Sjaak van Dijk’s father was already using the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis and Sjaak himself has always used it. However, Sjaak recently made the switch to Spidex Vital. His initial experiences in using the new product are positive.  ‘I’ve known Phytoseiulus my whole life,’ the cucumber grower begins.…

Koppert provides greenhouse horticulturists with Horiver® adhesive plates.

Chromotropic traps that catch 400% more thrips

The adhesive traps marketed by Koppert under the Horiver® brand have shown an unbeatable effectiveness in horticultural greenhouses, especially in capturing thrips and whiteflies, which are two of the most common pests in intensive agriculture in southeastern Spain. The latest tests carried out by…

A greenhouse chemical usage guide for vegetable growers.

Vegetable pesticide series: Can I use it in the greenhouse?

Vegetable growers often use greenhouses or hoop houses to start transplants for field production or for full-season protected culture. Certain types of pests and diseases can be reduced in these controlled settings, but the occasional outbreak may require treatment from a pesticide. Vegetable transplants…

Hoverfly Eupeodes-System delivering results against aphids

"Growers can now reduce aphid populations even more efficiently"

Last summer Biobest introduced its new weapon against aphids - Eupeodes-System. This year Biobest advisor, Bart Elseviers, is working with a number of pepper growers who have added it to their control program and are getting good results. “With the recent loss of many chemical crop protection products…

Greenhouse soil study highlights control on mustard-derived biopesticide

MustGrow announces successful greenhouse efficacy results of its patented mustard-derived biopesticide on Aphanomyces euteiches zoospores ("Aphanomyces") via an independent third party. Control in greenhouse soil was recorded across a range of economic application rates. "We will advance to larger-scale…

Indonesia - The Netherlands improves cooperation on plant pests risk analysis

The Netherlands’ Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (NVWA) collaborated with Indonesia’s Center for Plant…

Firefly: A bug early warning system/precision crop health monitor

Automated detection of harmful insects while monitoring overall plant health

In large-scale CEA facilities, it is very difficult to manually inspect plants for pests and disease. If a breakout occurs - it tends to spread quickly with severe losses! Efficiency comes with scale, but the danger of catastrophic loss increases with scale - more crop at risk in a large facility demands…

UV trap prevents pest insects from eating crops

Anyone who does a search on Google on the topic of catching insects with UV light will quickly find the well-known blue insect killers as found in snack bars or butchers. This is also the case with Dutch Ardisia grower Dick van den Bos. About four years ago he suddenly suffered the presence of the…

Inspiration from nature for new 'green crop protection products'

Pesticides are sometimes made using processes familiar from chemistry or biology. Two examples of this can be seen in the decisions of the Ctgb board meeting of 28 April. An…

Eden research: regulatory approval for Cedroz in Italy

Eden Research, the AIM-quoted company focused on sustainable biopesticides and plastic-free formulation technology for use in global crop protection, animal health, and consumer products industries, announces that its commercial collaborator, Eastman Chemical Company has received authorization for the…

Biopesticide summit 2021 dates announced

The Biopesticide Summit, taking place via a virtual platform on Tuesday 6th July this year, will focus on regulatory challenges and calls for reform to create a regulatory environment that nurtures and supports the bioprotection industry. The COVID pandemic affected all areas of scientific research.…

CropAid

"We applied it to apricots and sweet cherries, and at -2 C they did not suffer any damage.”

In the last few weeks Europe has been hit hard by low temperatures and night frosts, this can cause large crop losses and many sleepless nights for growers. This is also a problem in many other areas around the world. UK company CropAid Int. Ltd. was established in 2005 and produces a product which…

Syngenta and Valagro submit offer for Italy-based biostimulants producer

Syngenta, an agricultural chemicals player owned by ChemChina, says that its crop protection unit together with its subsidiary biologicals company Valagro (Atessa, Italy) have…

$20 million raised to support AI drones reducing use of chemical crop protection

Precision AI, a computer vision and robotics company working with sustainable farming practices, announced today the closing of $20 million in equity and grant funding.  The financing will support the advancement of a precision farming platform that deploys swarms of artificially intelligent drones to dramatically…

Biological control for two-spotted spider mite in raspberry

Scott Raffle with AHDB  examines whether biological control methods for two-spotted spider mite can be compatible with control options for spotted wing drosophila in raspberry crops.…

"Orius-System tackles adult thrips in strawberry"

Over recent years, Biobest advisor Arno Hellemons has seen good results using a combination of cucumeris and Orius to control thrips in strawberry crops. "With this strategy, strawberry growers are getting this challenging pest under control,” he says. “Most growers already use Amblyseius-System and/or…

Eco – friendly coolbox: new sustainable packaging presented

Koppert will be introducing a 100% recyclable cool box for transporting biological solutions by early May 2021. This initiative is in line with the company’s sustainability target of ‘Zero Waste by 2030’. The new sustainable box will be used to transport beneficial insects and microorganisms to combat…

Special Crop Protection this month

How to protect your crops from pests and diseases? There are several different methods and therefore, reasons enough to put this subject in the spotlight in our monthly special box. For this, we invite growers, suppliers, and anyone else who has solutions for or information about crop protection to share…


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