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Syngenta invests in SciFinder-n from CAS to enhance research efficiency

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, announced that Syngenta has signed a multi-year agreement to provide SciFindern to all of its research scientists globally.…

Florida strawberries threatened by aggressive fungus

A fungus that has taken over some strawberry fields in Florida has caused one grower to lose as many as 80 acres in Manatee County. The name of the fungus in question is…

UK researchers aim to tackle top horticultural pests and diseases

NIAB researchers are taking on four new research programmes tackling high priority pests and diseases, thanks to a new £250,000 initiative from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and AHDB. UK horticultural growers face increasing pressure from crop pests, weeds and…

Arctic vault could provide the food of the future

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault stores duplicate copies of most of the crop diversity in the world. As part of the Our Planet Project, a four-year collaboration between Netflix, Silverback Films and WWF, former Crop Trust Executive Director Cary Fowler sheds light on the importance of preserving this…

UConn recruiting hydroponic greenhouse growers

The University of Connecticut Greenhouse Research & Extension team are conducting a study in root rot of hydroponically-grown leafy greens. They would like to collect plant samples with root rot from commercial operations in the U.S. Your participation will help better understand how microbes interact in…

Heilbronn:

German growers arm themselves against cucumber virus

Ever since the aggressive cucumber virus CABYV was scientifically proven to be present for the first time in Germany a few weeks ago, vegetable growers in the Heilbronn area have…

Canadian project seeks to reduce 80% of synthetic pesticide load globally by 2030

Terramera is leading a project for the Canadian Digital Technology Supercluster (Supercluster). The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the Supercluster’s investment and commitment to the initiative at an event hosted at Terramera’s company headquarters.  The Terramera-led…

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of a new BASF production hub for crop protection in Singapore

BASF broke ground on a new regional production hub for its Agricultural Solutions business in Asia Pacific. Scheduled for completion in Q3 2021, the multipurpose facility has been designed to handle six different formulation technologies and will supply the company’s patented crop protection products to…

Australia: Improved management options for CGMMV

Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus is an economically important Tobamovirus that infects cucurbits. In September 2014, it was detected in the Northern Territory. This was the first time it had been reported in Australia. A three year national project focused on the improved management options for…

Controlling basil downy mildew in the greenhouse

Basil downy mildew (BDM) can cause significant losses in the greenhouse. Once introduced into the greenhouse it can be very difficult to manage and eliminate. In the past few years, a vast amount of research has been done on understanding BDM biology and controlling it in the greenhouse using different…

"As thrips is very hard to control we developed a new type of anti-thrips netting"

At the IPM, Howitec Netting will be introducing Ornata Air Plus 1517, a 90 mesh anti-thrips netting. This insect net has a high UV-stability (kLy600) and is produced in Europe. 25 years insect nettingHowitec Netting, based in the Netherlands, started more than 25 years ago with their first insect…

"Successful test results and proven technology against fungi"

Micothon has developed this chemical free application for combating fungi like mildew and botrytis in greenhouse crops. Multiple installations have been successfully implemented in 2019, thanks to a promising trial with the machine in the Dutch Wageningen University greenhouse, in which scientific…

Cucumber virus threatens harvest

At least ten CABYV cases in Franconia, Germany

In Germany, a plant disease has been detected for the first time that mainly attacks cucurbits, zucchini and pumpkins. Franconia is also affected. If the cucumber virus…

Plants learn to speak roundworm to say “go away”

Scientists at Cornell University’s Boyce Thompson Institute and UC Davis have found that plants can manipulate the chemical signals of roundworms to keep pests at bay. Roundworms, or nematodes, cause an estimated $100 billion in crop damage worldwide every year by feeding on plants, especially their…

The large distribution system demands less treated strawberries. A proposal from Bioplanet

Residues can be reduced by increasing the number of antagonistic insects

The large-scale distribution system in Europe is increasingly restricting maximum residue limits, and strawberries are under the spotlight. This is why the use of the predator insect Orius laevigatus can be beneficial to reduce the number of treatments against the thrips that attack strawberries. In a…

Wild tomatoes resist devastating bacterial canker

Many New York tomato growers are familiar with the scourge of bacterial canker – the wilted leaves and blistered fruit that can spoil an entire season’s planting. For those whose livelihoods depend on tomatoes, this pathogen – Clavibacter michiganensis – is economically devastating. Martha Sudermann,…

Greenhouse disease management: Seed treatments and transplant production

Seed used in transplant production should be certified ‘clean’ or disease-free. Most commercial seed comes with certification and is pretreated with fungicide. Important diseases such as Bacterial leaf spot of tomato and pepper can cause major problems in transplant production if introduced in the…

Cucumbers, zucchinis and pumpkins in danger

German researchers isolate cucumber virus for the first time

Plant virologist Dr. Wulf Menzel from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen in Braunschweig, together with colleagues from Nuremberg and Freising, have isolated "cucumber virus" cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV) for the first time in Germany. The…

Australian project looks into capsicum internal rot

Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) is leading a new Hort Innovation-funded project aimed at developing effective control measures for internal rot of capsicums. The disease affects seeds inside the fruit and fruit appears normal from the outside. The disease is a major cause of customer complaints and…

New broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide protects wide variety of crops

BioSafe Systems released OxiDate 5.0, a peroxyacetic acid (PAA) based, broad spectrum liquid bactericide/fungicide registered to treat and control plant pathogens on a wide variety of crops. According to the company, OxiDate 5.0 ensures an increased ROI by delivering dependable results at a competitive…

Drone images detect two tomato diseases with 99% accuracy

New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third most valuable crop. Thus, the earlier farmers detect those…

European Commission bans thiacloprid

The European Commission decided not to renew the approval of a neonicotinoid called thiacloprid, following scientific advice by EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority) that…

Research efforts continue

Downy mildew resistant sweet basils available around the world

After a decade’s worth of research and breeding efforts Rutgers Downy Mildew Resistant (DMR) sweet basils are now available to commercial and organic growers as well as home gardeners around the world. Since 2007, when basil downy mildew (BDM) was first identified in FL, the disease has caused…

European Union will no longer permit sales of chlorpyrifos

The European Union has confirmed it will no longer permit sales of the widely used actives in insecticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl; after 31/01/2020. The move was…

Understanding and controlling Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) is an emerging virus in greenhouse tomato production worldwide. The virus was first identified in Israel a few years ago and has since been found in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the US.  The pathogen is known to be present in greenhouse tomatoes in Mexico, and has occasionally…

Mastering disease management: Powdery mildew in leafy greens

Disease management in both traditional and controlled environment agriculture is as old and complex as the practice itself. In controlled environments disease can spread quickly and lead to significant losses if not properly managed. This first installment of Hort Americas' mastery series discusses how…

First report of Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus infecting cucurbits in Germany

In summer 2019, a previously unknown disease occurred in greenhouses of c. 30 cucumber growers in Bavaria, Germany. From the first symptoms, a severe disease developed with weaker symptoms on younger leaves but strong chlorosis associated with leaf thickening on older leaves (Fig. 1). In most cases…

Koppert also advises the use of blue colored traps

Orius and Cucumeris stop thrips in pepper crops in winter

The pest known as thrips (Frankiniella occidentalis) is becoming increasingly present in greenhouses in the winter. This is mainly due to the fact that the cold slows down the flowering of peppers. Due to the lack of flowers, there is not enough pollen to feed the Orius laevigatus (marketed by Koppert as…

Mexican tomato exporters claim produce is free of virus

Mexican agricultural officials claim it is "unjustified" to still detain tomatoes at the US border for longer inspections. Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, Mexico's secretary of…

January 6 or 8, Ann Arbor

US (MI): Categories 6 and 7A pesticide review classes in Washtenaw County start soon

Michigan State University Extension in southeast Michigan is offering Pesticide Applicator Category Review Classes on the following dates for those who want to prepare for the following specific categories pesticide exams: Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 - General Pest Management, eight category 7A credits offered Wednesday,…

International Meeting in Spain on the threats to this crop

"The tomato leafminer affects 60% of world tomato production"

The tomato leafminer has become a global disease for the cultivation of tomatoes, the most cultivated vegetable in the world and the one with the greatest economic value. In…

Luring pests with LED lamps

The thrips is a pest insect dreaded by horticulturalists. Rob van Tolhas designed a trap for catching the insects using LED light. Butwhat light composition are they most attracted too? It turned outthat Dutch and German thrips have different ideas about that. In the giant greenhouse at the chrysanthemum nursery G&C Flowers in…

New Zealand finds CGMMV in Queensland melon shipment

Biosecurity New Zealand has suspended fresh melon imports from Queensland following a border detection of an unwanted fruit disease. Biosecurity New Zealand detected cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) following routine border testing on Friday of a consignment of watermelons from Queensland…

American serpentine leafminer: A threat to all of horticulture

The American serpentine leafminer (Liriomyza trifolii) is a small fly belonging to the family Agromyzidae, that infects plants from 29 plant families including many ornamental, vegetable and legume crops. Though not yet present in Australia, Liriomyza trifolii poses a significant threat to our…

Beneficial Insectary introduces newest IPM Specialist

Erik van der Sluys received a degree in Ecological Systems and minor in Biology in 2014 from Seattle University. Since then, he has worked as a Farm Manager for Seattle University, a Grower for TKO Reserve, and an IPM Technician for Iwasaki Brothers INC using BCA releases on a wide variety of crops. He…

43 Mexican tomato shipments intercepted for ToBRFV suspicion

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) has reported that the US authorities stopped 43 shipments of Mexican tomatoes in recent weeks, on suspicion that they…

US (CA): CDFA awards over $1.1 million in grants for proactive IPM solutions program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded a total of $1,110,283 funding for three projects to be administered through the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA) Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions grant program. Each of the projects received strong…

Get new vegetable crops off to a good start

For protected vegetable growers, crop change over is an important time. Growers that make a good start will reap the benefits throughout the entire season. Sam Gui, IPM and…

Integrating pesticides with biological control agents: Can it be done?

Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University, presented Integrating Pesticides with Biological Control Agents: Can It Be Done at the Great Lakes Expo in Grand Rapids. More than 100 attendees listened to the talk about the controversial issue of using pesticides in conjunction with biological control agents, such…

September 9-11, The Hague

Event to raise global plant health awareness

Taking up the challenge presented by the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems, CABI and Wageningen University will be organizing an international event under the banner of ‘Plant Health, Agriculture & Bioscience’ at the World Forum in The Hague, from 9-11…

TAHA Group CEO, Jacqueline Mkindi

Tanzania Horticultural Association strives to conform to new EU safety standards

Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) is working overtime to ensure local fresh produce exporters conform to European Union (EU)'s new safety standards. Horticulture has…

US (GA): Colletotrichum resistance to QoI crop protection

Anthracnose fruit rot disease, caused by fungal Colletotrichum species, is one of the most significant disease problems of commercial strawberry production in Georgia and the Southeast as a whole. Dark, sunken lesions on fruit are the main disease symptoms. Hot, humid weather and significant rainfall make Colletotrichum-induced fruit rot a widespread problem in s…

CABY-virus appears in cucumber greenhouse in southern Germany

A German cucumber grower from Bavaria has reported an infection in his greenhouse with the Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV). The German plant health institute Julius Kühn has announced. Photo: Julius Kühn The virus, previously known mainly from the Mediterranean countries, although it was…

US: USDA releases 2018 Annual Pesticide Data Program Summary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today published the 2018 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The summary shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had chemical crop protection residues well below benchmark levels established by the…

Duijvestijn Tomaten and Biobest share a history

"We were raised with biological crop protection"

Duijvestijn Tomaten and Biobest share a long history. “We were one of Biobest’s first customers,” says Ted Duijvestijn, standing in his 14.5 hectare tomato nursery at…

Discovery of a new protein gives insight into a long-standing plant immunity mystery

When a plant senses an invading pathogen, it activates a molecular signaling cascade that switch on its defense mechanisms. One such mechanism involves sacrificing host cells to the pathogen. This is a tightly controlled process that involves the work of plant proteins to ensure that the sacrificial…

ToBRFV presence in Spain officially confirmed

It doesn't come as a surprise (see yesterday's article for instance), but now the presence of ToBRFV in Spain has also been confirmed officially by the EPPO: "The NPPO of…

Effects of fine-mesh exclusion netting on pests of blackberry

Fine-mesh exclusion netting is a potential alternative to organic and conventional crop protection application to control numerous pests of fruit crops. Researchers tested whether fine-mesh exclusion netting would reduce pest abundance and increase marketable yield compared to organic spinosad…

Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España:

"Spain must take ToBRFV seriously to prevent tomato cultivation from being threatened"

This spring there were already rumors and now, at the start of the Spanish season, it has been confirmed: in Spain too they are dealing with the contagious Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). "This is going to change cultivation," says Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España. In recent years, the…

Screens protect organic baby leaf

"Effective protection and unchanged quality compared to the open field"

Arrigoni, the group specializing in the production of protective screens for agriculture, calls itself "an excellent ally for organic farming", following a test in the field for the control of flea beetles. The test was performed on an organic rocket seeding, started in early September and harvested 17…

"Thrips largely under control in vegetable cultivation"

Thrips have long been a major threat to crops, but worryingly, the number of species of thrips around the globe is on the increase, and they are spreading more easily. More worryingly though is the fact that there isn’t yet a biological solution to control every species in every crop. Koppert is,…

Netherlands: Disinfection to prevent cross-contamination

Hygiene ... it seems to be the most used word in greenhouse vegetable cultivation lately. This applies to both the Netherlands and abroad. Jos Veugen from Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne sees their Cart Desinfection Stations mainly going abroad. They are usually installed there as part of new construction…

Gowan acquires two new active ingredients from Bayer

Gowan Crop Protection Limited has entered into agreements with Bayer to acquire rights to the active ingredients Fenamidone and Pencycuron. The acquisition includes product…

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment appoints new President

The Governing Board of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) has appointed Megan Provost as the association’s new President. Provost brings a strong background…

Using pathogen-specific viruses to control pathogen outbreaks

Precision medicine for plants

Researchers from the Utrecht University, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of York (UK) and the Nanjing Agricultural University (China) have developed a new technology to selectively destroy the pathogen that causes the devastating wilt disease without side effects on other beneficial microorganisms. Bacterial…

Pioneering IPM in Uzbekistan

Integrated pest management (IPM) is very much a new concept to growers in some developing countries, such as Uzbekistan. According to Kenan Kütük − Biobest IPM and Pollination Specialist for the Middle East and Central Asia − relying solely on a limited range of chemical crop protection products, Uzbek growers are experiencing…

Neonicotinoids: despite EU moratorium, bees still at risk

Since 2013, a European Union (EU) moratorium has restricted the application of three neonicotinoids to crops that attract bees because of the harmful effects they are deemed to have on these insects. Yet researchers from the CNRS, INRA, and the Institut de l’Abeille (ITSAP) have just demonstrated that…

'Hybrid' fungicide launched in the Philippines

STK bio-ag technologies has launched a ‘hybrid’ foliar fungicide, STK Regev, in the Philippines for use on rice to prevent sheath blight and rice blast, and for bananas to protect against black sigatoka. STK Regev is a hybrid product combining botanical plant extract with conventional chemistry. STK…

Enhancing greenhouse tomato-crop productivity by using brassica macrocarpa guss

Tomato crops are affected in Mediterranean cold-greenhouse agrosystems by soilborne diseases, such as root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.), which represent a serious problem leading to losses in production. Agroecological soil management based on biocontrol agents and natural compounds has had…

Working together to stop the False Codling Moth in Kenya

The False Codling Moth (FCM), also known as Thaumatotibia leucotreta, is a pest, which is present on more than 70 host plants crops like roses, citrus, peppers (Capsicum spp.), maize etc. making it a challenge to control it. FCM is an economically important pest for roses as it causes crop damage and is…

Using an app to digitize scouting for potential issues

Nathalie Zwinkels has been working as a Crop Protection Specialist within Beekenkamp Plants for 3 years. “Crop protection is the best and most challenging job there is,” says Nathalie. “Digitization is becoming increasingly important in horticulture and I am proud that this also happened at Beekenkamp!…

UK retail sector chided by Pesticide Action Network

In 2019, Pesticide Action Network UK surveyed and ranked the top ten UK supermarkets on their actions regarding the sale of products with potentially harmful crop protection…

Netherlands: Tomato cultivation benefits from shorter cultivations

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is certainly not the first virus tomato growers have had to deal with. The growers already had to face the Tobamovirus and the…

EU regulations obstruct biological crop protection

Crop protection agents must become more sustainable. The EU and the Dutch government therefore accord preference to biological agents that work on the basis of micro-organisms and insects. However, new research conducted by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and other institutes reveals that EU…

Regulator of plant immunity tagged

A new actor in the immune system of plants has been identified. KAUST scientists have identified the protein MAP4K4 is needed to mount proper defenses against environmental pathogens. The discovery helps explain the tight control of immune signaling in plants and reveals targets in a molecular pathway…

Long-lasting ‘dry’ lure available for precision monitoring of spotted wing drosophila

Drosophila suzukii (spotted wing drosophila, SWD, Figure 1) has caused more damage to soft fruits this year, compared to all previous years that it has been present in the UK (since 2012). SWD overwinter as adult males and females in sheltered woodland and hedgerows. Adults then move from overwintering…

Koppert registers new biofungicide

"It can be applied till the day before harvest"

Botrytis bunch/fruit rot/grey mold and Monilia brown rot – fungal diseases which annually cost fruit growers and wine producers millions of euros in production losses worldwide, can now be controlled in an effective and sustainable way with a non-synthetic fungicide that has been developed and registered…

Video: How to deal with ToBRFV?

Hazera presents a training video and sanitation guide for dealing with the new Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). "The purpose of this video is to assist growers to gain a better understanding of the ToBRFV virus, and to share some practical advice and active measures for eradicating the growth of this virus through the use…

US: Research award will focus on helping organic tomato growers better manage diseases

Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) are pleased to be among the recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture…

“The plants seem to grow so much quicker on the coir”

Hop growers have been switching twine, it is now the turn of the greenhouse growers to replace the PP twine for a sustainable, biodegradable alternative, like coir fibre. Patrick N. Paternott of Magic Soil Australia firmly believes that compostable twine will replace PP twine in the long term. “No…

Development of medicine to tackle cucumber mosaic virus

The cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), whose presence can be detected on a large scale in greenhouse tomato crops, as well as in melons, pumpkins and cucumbers, causing great damage…

"Zero-pesticide label helps us market our vegetables"

In recent years, the French fruit and vegetable sector has seen the emergence of a new way to market vegetables. The labels Cultivated without Pesticides1 and Zero Pesticide Residue have found their place in the market, filling up the gap between the organic and conventional offer. Cooperative Savéol,…

Spanish scientists patent fungal extracts for the development of biocides

After almost four years of research, a group of scientists from the Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology of the University of La Laguna (ULL) has obtained the…

USA responds to ToBRFV

"Consumers should expect steady tomato supplies"

"Consumers should expect steady supplies as farmers and agricultural scientists in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate toward a solution." That's what the FresProduce…

Guy Smagghe, honorary doctor by the UPM

"24% of European bees may disappear in 5 years"

Belgian entomologist Guy Smagghe, honorary doctor by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and expert in sustainable insect pest control, warns that "24% of European wild bees…

Kees Luykx opts for more focus on irrigation water in ToBRFV control:

"Every grower knows that irrigation water is a very large source of contamination"

Based on all the measures that are taken to prevent the spread of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), you would expect that the virus wouldn’t be able to spread any further. The opposite seems to be the case, now the virus has spread more in the Netherlands than expected and hoped. "Apparently,…

"Insect screens will become essential"

"Mesh screens will be an essential part in the Integrated Pest Management and for pollination. On the one hand, the mesh will keep in the biological controllers and on the other hand, pests are kept out. But the care for bees and bumblebees also requires extra attention. "Insect screens to protect bees…

How to protect crops from direct sunlight and heat?

A greenhouse is a structure used to protect crops and extend the production window. Once growers decide to invest in a greenhouse structure they must think in ways to obtain the maximum benefit from it. There are plenty of options of greenhouse covers. But what should a grower be looking for?…

US (VA): New organic cucumber varieties show promise in disease resistance

In 2018, OFRF provided a grant to Edmund Frost of Common Wealth Seed Growers to assess resistance to both Bacterial Wilt and Cucurbit Downy Mildew among selected cucumber and muskmelon seedstocks. The project is aimed at helping organic farmers throughout the Eastern U.S., where those diseases pose a…

USDA takes action to protect US from Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is taking immediate action to prevent the introduction of tomato brown rugose fruit virus into the United States and protect US tomato and pepper production worth more than $2.3 billion annually. The APHIS has issued a Federal Order imposing…

Glasshouse trials prove Australia's native bees will bear abundant fruit

Did you know Australia has no native Bumblebees? Bumblebees are important to the pollination process of plants, such as tomatoes. A research project aimed to determine the success of native bees as effective pollinators is bearing fruitful results. Glasshouse trials at Western Sydney University are…

UK: Cleaning agent helps optimise nematode performance

A new highly formulated cleaning agent for spray tanks. ‘SpOtless Nursery’ is ICL’s latest innovation for the UK and Eire aimed at optimising the performance of beneficial nematodes, such as Vine Weevil Seeka. “Especially effective at cleaning sticky formulations, SpOtless is ideal for cleaning out spray…

Bell pepper grower Rob Moors reduces the use of chemicals

"We notice that we can control diseases and pests better"

Just like most growers, bell pepper grower Rob Moors is now focusing primarily on biological control. Since last year he’s been using biological pest control. "A good choice:…

"Study shows our sanitation process is effective against ToBRFV"

The latest food safety testing conducted on IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) has confirmed damaging pathogens – viruses and bacteria -- are removed or deactivated by…

Spanish researchers show that TYLCV is not transmitted by tomato seeds

The Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora (a center of the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the University of Malaga), in partnership with the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Technology and Research (INIA), has conducted a study about the virus…

RAIF warns about tomato russet mite in Almeria greenhouses

The Phytosanitary Warning and Information Network, RAIF, has reported that the Australian mite Aculops lycopersici, known as tomato russet mite, has been detected in the province of Almería in most of the plots where the crop's setting and harvest are already starting, and with an increase observed in…

Hygiene can be dirty sometimes

More and more people are carrying around a disinfection spray, even though things are much more hygienic now than they were 30 or 40 years ago. However, people do live closer together nowadays and…

Netherlands: 2 ToBRFV findings, 13 serious suspicions

In the Netherlands, the number of confirmed ToBRFV infected companies is now two, with another thirteen serious suspicions, seven of which outside of the Westland, the…

Greenhouse sanitation: Preparing for a successful season

As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. The cost of greenhouse sanitation is minimal in comparison to the costs associated with fixing problems, such as weeding and chemical pest control. The key to greenhouse sanitation is to have all employees trained to “think clean”…

Report on the 20 priority pests for the EU in agriculture

Three weeks ago, the European Commission published the list of the 20 priority pests for the EU, which includes plant enemies such as the fearsome yellow dragon (caused by a bacterium of Asian origin that has devastated 72% of the production of juicing oranges in the US in the last decade) and the Asian…

Why have so many new diseases developed in the bagged salads sector?

Ready-to-eat salads, also known as fresh-cut or bagged salads, have steadily gained popularity since their introduction in Europe in the early 1980s. This popularity is expected to grow, marking opportunities for the fresh food industry. As this industry grows dynamically, so does the number of new…

Suspected cases outside of Westland

ToBRFV Europe update: more cases confirmed

The NVWA (Netherlands food and consumer product safety authority) has confirmed a second ToBRFV discovery. The agency also reports that a number of companies with suspected…

Grant from Top Sector Horticulture & Starting Materials

Million euro grant for research on disease-resistant spinach

Utrecht plant scientists and bioinformaticians will receive almost 1 million euros for a research project on downy mildew, the most important pathogen of spinach. They are awarded by the Top Sector Horticulture & Starting Materials for a public-private partnership. The Top Consortium for Knowledge and…

New agrotextiles will be exhibited at Expo Agroalimentaria 2019

Arrigoni S.p.A., the group specialising in the production of protective screens for agriculture, will again be one of the exhibitors at Expo Agroalimentaria, Latin America’s biggest farming industry event, to be held at Irapuato, in Mexico, from 12 to 15 November this year. Arrigoni technical experts…

Genetic patterns associated with plant immunity

Genomic information from plants can be used to enhance agricultural production and improve food security in a sustainable manner. Through better understanding of the relationship between a plant's genetic information and the resulting behaviour, improved crops with better traits (resistance to diseases,…

Critical success factors for the adoption of decision tools in IPM

The rational control of harmful organisms for plants (pests) forms the basis of the integrated pest management (IPM), and is fundamental for ensuring agricultural productivity while maintaining economic and environmental sustainability. The high level of complexity of the decision processes linked to IPM…

Steenks Service:

"Make it easy for yourself during crop rotation"

The crop rotation will soon take place again in the northern hemisphere. It’s always a challenging period for growers. In a period of a few weeks a lot has to happen, including a thorough cleaning of the greenhouse. These jobs are often very labor-intensive, so Steenks Service offers a number of options…

"protect your tomato plants"

Solution against PepMV available in Canada

The pepino mosaic virus is a highly damaging virus, causing significant losses for greenhouse growers all over the world. Now Canadian growers have a solution to protect their tomato plants against it: V10 by Valto is now available in Canada. Valto is a Dutch family business specialising in natural crop…

US (FL): University of Florida leads multistate research to reduce pepper diseases; boost production

Peppers are popular. Consumers eat all kinds, including jalapenos, habaneros, chilis and more. Because people eat so much of the fruit, they’re worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the Florida and national economies. In fact, in 2018, bell and chili peppers alone were a $181 million-a-year…

Biobest in partnership to serve Norwegian growers

Biobest Group NV of Belgium and VekstMiljø AS announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Norway’s Pollinering AS. Pollinering AS, founded in 2003 by Mr. Karl-Ivar Stangeland, is a local Norwegian producer of bumblebee hives for pollination. In the light of the decision of the Norwegian authorities…


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