Crop Protection

States sue Trump EPA to stop its OK of toxic pesticide

Seven states, led by Massachusetts, California, and New York, are suing the Trump Environmental Protection Agency to stop its regulatory OK of letting a toxic pesticide,…

"A greenhouse is just one piece of the puzzle"

The Australian company Pirrone Brothers Produce was originally only a sugar cane farm before it started growing vegetables. Initially outdoors then using a variety of protective measures, such as greenhouses. The North Queensland growing company is benefiting following the transition into protected…

16% increase in number of interceptions of harmful organisms in the EU

According to the agricultural organization Asaja Málaga, in 2018, the number of interceptions of harmful organisms in the European Union grew by 15.9% compared to the previous…

California defies White House to ban controversial pesticide

California will outlaw the use of a pesticide linked to developmental problems in humans after President Donald Trump's administration scrapped plans for a nationwide ban,…

"Mix of beneficial insects keeps thrips under control in strawberries"

With temperatures rising, thrips pressure in strawberry crops is increasing. The thrips population, especially in everbearers, can grow explosively. In addition to using predatory mites, growers can prevent damage to crops by also introducing the predatory bug Orius-System − explains Eline Braet, Crop…

"It has been one and a half years since I've seen the cucumber mosaic virus in my greenhouse”

Building an extra 4,000 square meters of greenhouse caused the cucumber grower Edwin Hendrickx quite a few headaches the past four years. The greenhouse has since been finished and Edwin now grows cucumbers the traditional way - with interplanting - on 2.4 hectares. But there was still one major headache…

US (CA): Broomrape eradication is high priority for UC researchers

Processing tomato growers are struggling to contain a potentially devastating parasitic weed that had not been seen since growers waged a successful eradication campaign four decades ago. Branched broomrape is so destructive in tomatoes that if it is detected in a grower’s field, quarantine regulations…

Environmentally-friendly management of Ethiopian fruit fly in greenhouse crops

The Ethiopian fruit fly (EFF), Dacus ciliatus , is a key, invasive pest of melons in the Middle East. A group of researchers developed and implemented a novel decision support system (DSS) to manage this pest in a greenhouse environment in Southern Israel. Dacus ciliatus is commonly controlled in Israel…

Javier Villegas, of Koppert Spain: "Microorganisms are boosting a second green revolution"

"Growers are defenseless against the current bans on chemicals"

The use of natural microorganisms for the biological control of soil diseases is leading to radical changes in Spanish agriculture: a true revolution that is forever changing the way farming is done in vast areas in Spain. Microbiological products are residue-free and 100% natural solutions for the…

Optimizing sustainable cultivation with smart drones for crop protection

In early August, Koppert Cress and PATS Indoor Drone Solutions signed an agreement to automate part of the crop protection process with drones. Koppert Cress wants to ensure a future in which socially responsible cultivation continues to be of high importance. Mechanical control of pest insects…

Friends of the Earth:

‘Crop protection widely used in US particularly harmful to bees’

According to a study published on Tuesday, agriculture in the US has become 48 times more toxic to insects over the last 25 years, largely due to a controversial, widely used…

Bayer Crop Science considers the use of data in sales

Money-back guarantee with plant protection products?

The American branch of Bayer Crop Science, a manufacturer of plant protection products, is considering introducing a new way of selling plant protection products in the United…

Australia: The issue of berry crumble

Crumbly fruit in raspberries is more than just a crummy problem. It’s a costly disorder that leads to yield loss and food waste. In raspberries, crumbly fruit have a reduced number of drupelets that are unevenly distributed and do not hold together, causing the berry to crumble when picked. The reason…

Ringing alarm bells after increased finds in roses

"African fruit moth requires alertness, but no different than usual"

A small animal is causing a fuss in both ornamental and greenhouse vegetable cultivation. More finds of the African fruit moth in roses from Kenya and Tanzania could be a…

First report of New Delhi virus in sweet peppers in Europe

The tomato leaf curl, or New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) is transmitted in a circulative non-propagative manner by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Although it was first reported in…

Tuta absoluta is a threat to tomatoes in Nigeria

The South America tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta , is a serious invasive species in Nigeria. Its impact on crop production is well known, but its distribution in the country is unclear. Entomologists of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi (Kenya) with scientists of…

US: New greenhouse for breeding weevils

At Caddo Lake, on the border between Texas and Louisiana, a new greenhouse is being built. Not to grow tomatoes or flowers, but to breed weevils. They are used to kill Giant Salvina, an invasive plant that is causing problems, since its arrival in the area in 2006. The most efficient remedy has been the…

"This makes the soft fruit firmer, resulting in a longer shelf life"

Bluestim has been part of Biobest's product range for several years now. “This natural and powerful product reduces the effects of abiotic stress. It does this by improving the transport of nutrients, including calcium. More calcium in the cell walls makes the fruit stronger and prevents micro-cracks.…

New type of chemical crop protection for ornamental nurseries and greenhouses

OHP, Inc., announces the introduction of Pradia chemical crop protection to the ornamental nursery and greenhouse markets. Pradia is a broad-spectrum, combination product developed for control of both sucking and chewing insect pests on ornamentals. The combination of active ingredients – cyclaniliprole…

CAN (ON): CleanFARMS collection dates released

CleanFARMS will be offering its obsolete and unwanted pesticides collection campaign this fall. This program allows farmers to bring in unwanted or obsolete agricultural…

New type of biochemical crop protection against fungus

ProBlad Verde is a new biochemical fungicide that leverages the naturally occurring BLAD polypeptide for a multi-site mode of action that controls fungal diseases on vegetables. “ProBlad Verde has proven to be a strong biological fungicide for vegetables and other crops, demonstrating performance better…

"Spain has the largest area with biological control in Europe"

In certain areas of Spain, pesticides are being replaced by small workers who do the same job in a very efficient manner: insects. "They work for me day and night," says Antonio Zamora with a smile while standing in his greenhouse. Its tiny employees are bugs that feed on the parasites that threaten his…

Increased number found in Kenyan, Tanzanian roses

NL: "False codling mothis a serious threat, but the risks should not be exaggerated"

A little animal causes a big fuss in the ornamental and horticultural industry today. Dutch media report how an increase in the discovery of the false codling moth…

End of season ripening system – helping to reduce fruit waste

In 2011 Restrain started working with the University of Wageningen to define the process of ripening greenhouse tomatoes pre-harvest with Restrain ethylene generators. Since the CTGB authorisation in Holland in 2014 Restrain has been ripening tomatoes on the plant in greenhouses at the end of the crop,…

Scientists propose environmentally friendly control practices for harmful tomato disease

Tomato yellow leaf curl disease (TYLCD) caused by tomato yellow leaf curl virus-like viruses is the most destructive disease of tomato, causing severe damage to crops worldwide and resulting in high economic losses. To combat this disease, many farmers opt for intensive application of chemical crop…

Cornell University study

Controlling pests by understanding their diets

As New York state's $20 million berry industry is entering peak season, its mortal enemy, an invasive fruit fly, is thriving. However, little has been known about how the…

Dr. Wagdy Sobeih:

"Plastic covers limit pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables"

The use of pesticides is commonplace in fresh produce production across Egypt. However, lack of adequate training often means that pesticide use is poorly understood and…

Finding an optimum balance in strawberry crops

One of the effects of NatuGro is increased absorption of nutrients, including nitrogen. However, plants can also absorb too much of this element and become highly attractive to pests and soil pathogens. Together with NovaCropControl, Koppert is trying to find an optimum balance in strawberry crops: is it…

A new way to fight crop diseases, with a smartphone

Late blight is a common disease of plants such as tomatoes and potatoes, capable of wiping out entire crops on commercial-scale fields. Caused by a fungus-like pathogen, it first appears as black or brown lesions on leaves, stems, fruit or tubers. If conditions are favorable, it can quickly spread to…

ToBRFV update: Exit Germany, enter China

In Germany, Tomato brown rugose fruit virus was first observed in 2018 in several tomato greenhouses in North Rhine-Westphalia. The sources of these infections are unknown, but it was noted that the young tomato plants had not been produced in Germany. Eradication measures were immediately applied. In…

using LED as an additional tool

Early disease detection with SporeCam sensors

LumiGrow is launching a new product-line of early disease detection sensors and services. The LumiGrow SporeCam sensors (powered by Scanit Technologies) can capture, inspect, and classify harmful airborne spores for diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Botrytis. The result is growers can optimize pest…

Biopesticides against tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta , is one of the most destructive pests of tomato worldwide. Management of this pest is mainly based on chemical insecticides, but the reliance on insecticides is difficult to sustain. Thus, there is a need to develop pest management strategies that ensure at the same…

Rhapsody works against fungal diseases of greenhouse cucumbers

The commercial greenhouse production of cucumber is limited by diseases, such as powdery mildew, Fusarium root and stem rot, Pythium crown and root rot, gummy stem blight. Scientists at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada) have evaluated the efficacy of the biological control agent Bacillus subtilis…

Exclusive cooperation agreement for new form of crop protection

Certis Europe and the German company Progema GmbH have entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement for the development and distribution of Neudosan, covering the European…

Andermatt Biocontrol acquires 22% shareholding in Agricheck SRL

The Swiss-based company, Andermatt Biocontrol, took 22% shareholding stake in the Argentinian company Agricheck SRL. Agricheck is a leading provider of biological solutions…

Consultants are no longer entering the greenhouse

"Virus problems require even better scouting and communication"

Hygiene measures in greenhouse horticulture are increasingly being enforced nowadays. That makes sense, but it makes it more difficult to assess the disease and infestation level, according to Arno Moerman, Vegetable Growing Consultant at Koppert Biological Systems. "After all, consultants can no longer…

ToBRFV confirmed in UK greenhouse

Symptoms of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) have been reported for the first time in a UK tomato crop. Confirmed by laboratory testing, the outbreak has been reported to the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI). The affected glasshouse has taken the necessary steps to eradicate the…

OFVGA submits response to government’s initiative to modernize Ontario’s Blue Box Program

The Blue Box Program is meant to reduce waste from the sector, but the OFVGA in their response look to address potential issues for growers that could arise from the program. The OFVGA states that the sector is aware that change is necessary to reduce waste production, and that the sector is looking for…

The fight will focus on the elimination of the insect vector

Spain: La Mayora, seeking solutions against Tomato yellow leaf curl virus

A group of researchers from the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora, led by Elvira Fiallo and Jesús Navas, recently published an article…

Koppert partners with Nitrasoil in Argentina

Koppert Biological Systems, a Dutch company specialized in biological crop protection, has acquired the Argentine company Nitrasoil. In addition to the physical expansion within South America, this purchase takes the company into a new sector in the agricultural market: inoculants. With the acquisition…

Alternative crop protection could make Spanish spinach less competitive

Spinach growers protest chemical crop protections ban in Murcia

Concerned with the competitiveness of their products, spinach farmers from all over Spain this week congregated at Proexport in Murcia to protest over what they see as a…

Nezara viridula already identified on several pepper crops

A few years ago, there was a new pest in pepper crops. The Nezara viridula, commonly known as southern green shield bug, had been spotted at a single nursery in the Netherlands at the end of summer. It now looks as though this bug is emerging earlier in the season. If Nezara viridula is identified in…

US: 2019 Gulf of Mexico “dead-zone” shows the need for Aquaponics

The 2019 Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” is predicted to be the second-largest on record. A dead-zone is an area of very low oxygen (hypoxia) where most life cannot survive. A major cause of the Dead Zone is nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer runoff from field agriculture along the Mississippi River. This…

Biosecurity New Zealand respond to invasive bramble in Auckland

Officials of Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ) h ave started an investigation after a suspected detection of Himalayan wineberry bramble in Auckland. This plant is extremely…

US (LA): University and company collaborate to protect peppers

On a warm June morning, a team of horticulture scientists from the LSU AgCenter and agricultural staff from McIlhenny Company walked fields of hot peppers looking for invaders — weeds, diseases and insects that could damage Tabasco’s main ingredient during a hands-on field training. “This is an…

What’s really at risk when your farm isn’t recall-ready?

No matter how tight your production or streamlined your operations may be, every produce farm is vulnerable to food safety incidents — especially indoor farms. A controlled environment does not automatically eliminate climate changes, pest infestations, and contamination. In fact, according to food…

CAN (ON): Research investment to develop new on-farm production practices

Ontario's government is investing in research to develop new practices and on-farm solutions for fruit, vegetable and field crop farmers to prevent or control costly crop…

US: Judge criticizes Monsanto, but lowers Roundup damage award

The judge in the first federal court trial of lawsuits by cancer victims who used Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide criticized the company’s apparent indifference to health and…

‘Non-susceptible’ sweet pepper plants discovered

Working in a partnership with vegetable breeding companies, scientists from Dutch research company KeyGene have discovered sweet pepper plants which show a new type of insensitivity to a group of harmful pathogens: geminiviruses. The new find is also described as a ‘loss of susceptibility’. This type of…

Nepal Agriculture Cooperative Central Federation:

‘Don’t revoke decision to test pesticides in vegetables from India’

The Nepal Agriculture Cooperative Central Federation (NACCFL) is an umbrella organisation representing the country’s small farmers. On Friday, it urged the government not to…

New Zealand creates new import rules against stink bug

The NZ government is tightening up rules f or car and machinery imports, in an attempt to stop the brown marmorated stink bug getting into the country. The bug is known to…

New facility to combat mealybugs opened in South Africa

In June this year, in a ceremony at Letsitele - in the Limpopo province of South Africa - BioBee South Africa, together with its shareholders: BioBee Sde Eliyahu, ZZ2 and Hishtil SA inaugurated a new production facility. During the ceremony, Ran Gan-El, BioBee Sde Eliyahu’s CEO announced that these new…

Spain: Biofertilizer from tomato crop residues and solar energy

A team of researchers from the Department of Agronomy at the University of Almeria and the IFAPA Centre in La Mojonera have developed a biofertilizer from the remains of tomato crops subjected to a biosolarization process, i.e., a heat treatment based on solar radiation. The study was carried out in a…

Evaluating chemical, organic oil, botanical, bacterial, and fungal active ingredients

Five shades of gray mold control in strawberry

Botrytis fruit rot or gray mold, caused by Botrytis cinerea, is a common fruit disease in California strawberries (Koike et al. 2018). Botrytis cinerea has a wide host range infecting several commercially important crops including blueberry (Saito et al. 2016), grapes (Saito et al., 2019), and tomato…

Kenya: Counteracting blight infestation

Recently Ann Macharia with Daily Nation visited Mwikali, who grows a variety of crops that include tomatoes and capsicum, in Limuru. As many other farmers growing the crops currently, her major challenge is early blight infestation due to the cold season, which is accompanied by rain in some places and…

India: Tuta absoluta damaging tomato plants in Nagaland

In an experimental trial conducted by AICRP on vegetable crops, Department of Horticulture, SASRD: Nagaland University, Medziphema campus on tomato, it was observed that there was presence of South American tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta damaging tomato plants. A press release from SASRD: NU,…

Austria, the first European country to ban glyphosate

With the ban on the use of glyphosate approved by the Viennese parliament on Tuesday 2 July, Austria has become the first EU country to ban the use of this weed killer on a…

Which weevil warrants worry?

Pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii, is an economically important pest affecting North American field and greenhouse pepper producers. Other Solanaceous species (including eggplant and nightshade weeds) can also be hosts. The best methods for managing pepper weevil rely on early detection through intensive monitoring and the use…

between 2013 and 2017

Netherlands: Residues on vegetables continued to decrease

The number of fruit and vegetable products with more pesticides than legally allowed has continued to decrease. In the period between 2003 and 2010, a decrease was seen, and…

"Swirski-Mite Plus now in even better shape"

Swirski-Mite Plus is a biological solution from Koppert Biological Systems for the control of thrips and whitefly in many crops worldwide. The packaging containing predatory mites will have a ‘new look’ as of 8 July. "This successful biological control product containing predatory mites will have a new…

Russell IPM MD awarded Outstanding Performance to Industry Accolade

Dr. Shakir Al-Zaidi, Russell IPM's Founder and Managing Director, has been recognised as a significant contributor to the biopesticide industry and awarded at the Biopesticide Summit that took place on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2019 in Swansea, UK. Dr. Al-Zaidi has patented multiple innovative products…

Bumblebees – Keep them cool this summer

"The need to keep your busy pollinators cool increases. Keeping an eye on the temperature in the greenhouse is more important than ever for your bumblebees to be able to function optimally and give the best pollination results for your crop", says Koppert’s Pollination Product Manager, Remco Huvermann.…

Wageningen UR: "virus does not appear to pose new threat"

First report of Southern tomato virus in German tomatoes

Southern Tomato Virus (STV) has been identified in tomatoes in several countries in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. In 2019, greenhouse tomatoes from Lower Saxony, Germany, showed symptoms consisting of mottling, yellowing and/or chlorotic spots. Eight samples were sent to the Julius Kuehn…

Effects of high-level acylsugar-producing tomato lines on the development of tomato psyllids

Acylsugars have been shown to provide activity against numerous insect pests of tomatoes. Comparison of acylsugar levels in four tomato plant lines, FA7/AS, FA2/AS, CU071026, and ‘Yellow Pear’, found that the acylsugar contents in the elevated acylsugar lines were significantly higher than the commercial…

Postponement of EU plans to combat ToBRFV

The presentation of EU plans for combating ToBRFV in tomato and pepper has been postponed. The various involved parties confirm this. A spokesperson for the Ministry of…

Biological Control Agents in cannabis

Koppert Biological Systems acquires Natural Enemies

Koppert Biological Systems announces it has gained a new partner in Natural Enemies. The Natural Enemies brand has built a reputation within the cannabis industry as a leader…

New study into the tomato leafminer and its natural enemies

The tomato leafminer is a destructive pest of tomato that can cause up to 100% yield loss. The predatory bug Nabis pseudoferus and the parasitoid Trichogramma brassicae are natural enemies of this pest. Since the interaction between predators and parasitoids in different trophic levels including…

Swiss government rejects vote to ban synthetic pesticides

In February 2019, an initiative to ban the use of synthetic pesticides in Switzerland collected enough signatures to run a referendum entitled ‘For a Switzerland, free of…

The Region of Murcia produces 75% of the country's spinach

Spinach cultivation in Spain threatened by the prohibition of lenacilo

Spinach production in the Region of Murcia, the main growing area in Spain, as it accounts for 75% of the country's marketed volume, may be threatened by the ban on the use of lenacilo, a selective herbicide that eliminates weeds. As of September, when the phytosanitary registry expires, its use will no…

Social media alerts growers to moth invasion

An influx of diamondback moths have landed in the UK which may be comparable to the infestation that occurred in 2016, which led to the devastation of high-value vegetable…

German scientists say Popeye might have been right:

“Chemical in spinach should be banned for athletes”

Scientists at the Freie Universität Berlin's Institute of Pharmacy have recommended that ecdysterone, a hormone found in spinach, be included in the list of prohibited substances for athletes. During a 10-week study, led by the university's Institute of Pharmacy, participants were split into four groups.…

US (NJ): Keep your tomatoes healthy by checking for these pests

Two-spotted spider mites (TSSM) have begun to appear in some tomato plantings. This pest, if not controlled, can result in significant drying and loss of foliage. Early signs of building infestations are whitish pin spots called a “mite stipple”. Look for these spots on leaves that cup downward and are…

Canada: CFIA calls for strict biosecurity measures to limit spread of ToBRFV

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was first detected in Israel in 2014. Since then it has been detected in several areas, including Europe, the Middle East and North America (Mexico and the United States). ToBRFV has the potential to significantly affect crop production and the marketability of…

Andermatt opens subsidiary in the Netherlands

Andermatt Biocontrol is driven by its vision to contribute to healthy food and a healthy environment by replacing chemical pesticides with natural and effective alternatives.…

except in France

Bayer gets Flipper worldwide

Bayer and AlphaBio Control have signed a distribution agreement to market Flipper, a biological pest control product developed by AlphaBio. Under the terms of this agreement, AlphaBio grants Bayer a…

Craig Thomas, of CN Seeds:

"We already have basil varieties resistant to mildew"

Currently, the consumer demand for basil is at its peak. "The new basil varieties resistant to mildew, developed by the team of Rutgers University in New Jersey with Van Drunen Farms (VDF), have shown great resistance to mildew attacks," says Craig Thomas, commercial director of CN Seeds Limited. Van…

US: New biological synergist works with insecticides to better manage hard-to-control pests

Commercial edible growers have a new tank mix option to make their insecticide control more effective – Alluma is a high-potency broad-spectrum, plant-based essential oil that acts as an insecticide, insect repellent and miticide. “Alluma is an innovative formulation that works as a contact repellent and…

European Commission increases support for the EU's beekeeping sector

The European Commission will provide €120 million to the EU's beekeeping sector over the next three years to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment. This represents an increase of €12 million compared to the support provided for the period from 2017 to 2019. EU Commissioner for…

Virus genes help determine if pea aphids get their wings

Many of an organism’s traits are influenced by cues from the organism’s environment. These features are known as phenotypically plastic traits and are important in allowing an organism to cope with unpredictable environments. But what are the genetic mechanisms underlying these traits? Jennifer Brisson,…

"Biological control, beyond the point of no return"

Future trends in biological control − as well as potential opportunities and obstacles, including constraints surrounding the development of novel bio-pesticides − proved a popular session at the recent IUPAC2019 Conference. The joint lunch meeting was hosted by Biobest together with the project leaders…

An innovative global approach for biocontrol in soft fruits

Bioline Agrosciences has been working with growers and industry stakeholders throughout the world for many years to develop bespoke crop programs for use around the world, and innovative and unique products to use in these programs. Here are their latest easy to use biocontrol solutions for growers:…

Part of the immune strategy of the strawberry plant is characterized

Seven years have gone by since the first publication of the strawberry plant's complete genoma (Fragaria vesca), and all the information necessary to understand the thousands of biological processes going on within these plants, became available to the international scientific community. It is not such a…

Hyperspectral imaging technique to detect Potato Virus Y

In temperate regions, the main diseases of the seed potato crop are caused by viruses and bacterial infections ( Dickeya and Pectobacterium ). In the Netherlands, the world’s major supplier of certified seed potatoes, these two diseases are responsible for an average 14.5% declassification of seed lots…

Disinfection unit to fight the spread of the ToBRF virus

The worldwide outbreak of the ToBRF virus requires growers to pay even more attention to hygiene. Suppliers also pay extra attention to it. Unifortes as a producer of industrial cleaning solutions, has always done so. Nevertheless, the latest virus was a reason for Unifortes to develop a new stand-alone…

UK: New strawberry disease control programme could halve costs

A new strategy developed by AHDB to manage powdery mildew in strawberry crops could reduce inputs and costs by 50 per cent compared with a standard seven-day fungicide programme. In 2018 trials, a managed programme used significantly fewer spray applications, which reduced the cost by half compared to…

North Carolina State University

New microneedle technique speeds detection of plant diseases

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in just one minute, rather than the hours needed for conventional…

Ghana: Vegetable growers given pest management training

As part of efforts to improve the cultivation of vegetables for both domestic and international markets, some selected vegetable farmers in the Central, Greater Accra and Volta Regions in Ghana have received training in integrated pest management (IPM) to enable them to cultivate quality and healthy…

Fernando Veiga, of Horsal:

Padron peppers in Spanish region of Galicia threatened by TSWV

The current Padrón pepper campaign in Galicia is threatened by the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). "Our cooperative will lose just over 10% of the Padrón pepper production, but for some of our partners, the situation is truly tragic, since they have lost almost their entire production," says Fernando…

Southern tomato virus: hype or a real threat?

Since 15 May there have been internet reports about the outbreak of a new tomato virus – Southern tomato virus (STV) – in the United Kingdom. The virus had already been detected on mainland Europe for some years. What do we know about this virus and does it pose a genuine threat to the sector? What does…

Remote application of insecticide in greenhouses becoming more popular in Turkey

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture Agricultural Research and Policies General Directorate (TAGEM) has developed a remote automatic insecticide dispenser machine to be used in greenhouses in order to minimize the overuse of chemicals and to reduce the exposure of agricultural workers to these chemicals.…

Valent BioSciences joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research announces Valent BioSciences as a new sponsoring partner of the organization. The Phytobiomes Alliance is an international,…

Microbial insecticide gets new formulation

OHP announces a key formulation change to its Ancora Microbial Insecticide, designed to make spray applications easier in a greenhouse and nursery. OMRI listed and approved for organic production, Ancora contains a naturally-occurring fungus that infects both foliar and soil-dwelling pests such as…

Vestaron raises $40 million in Series B Financing

Vestaron announces its $40 million Series B Financing, led by Novo Holdings A/S. Novo Holdings joins continuing investors Anterra Capital, Cultivian Sandbox, Open Prairie…

Wim Meyers, Meyers Softfruit:

"When we started with a biological approach, everyone thought we were crazy"

“In 1992 when my father founded the company he chose a biological approach over the use of chemical products,” says Wim Meyers. Today, he is the General Manager of Meyers Softfruit. “In 1992 most growers relied almost exclusively on pesticides,” says Meyers. “When we started out Biobest carried out…

US (MA): Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus detected in peppers

Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) was confirmed in the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab this week on pepper seedlings grown in a greenhouse. INSV has host range that spans 300 species including vegetables, ornamentals, and weeds. It is not seed-borne, but it is spread through vegetative…

US (DE): Broad mites on high tunnel tomatoes

It is unusual that I see or hear about broad mites (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) being a problem in our tomato high tunnels. A grower was having symptoms of twisted growth and browning/bronzing of their tomato leaves this spring and guessed they might have broad mites. They did, with some plants severely…

UK: Shortlist announced for The Biopesticide Awards 2019

Bionema Limited in conjunction with Swansea University are hosting the inaugural Biopesticide Summit on 2-3 July 2019 to address the pressing need to develop alternatives to…

The Andalusian Phytosanitary Warning and Information Network (RAIF) has warned about the pest

Red spiders detected in tomato crops in Spanish province of Almeria

According to the data collected by the Andalusian Phytosanitary Warning and Information Network (RAIF), an anomalous presence of red spider has been detected in tomato crops…

UV-blocking high-tunnel plastics reduce Japanese beetle in red raspberry

Maria Cramer, Kathleen Demchak and Richard Marini from Penn State University as well as Tracy Leskey of the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station recently published their work in HortScience. The team found that red raspberry plants growing in high tunnels have significantly fewer issues with…

Olivier Be2Grow and Delphy are working together

"We are going to combine data with cultivation knowledge"

Measuring and detecting whether blossom end rot is starting somewhere on a plant and then seeing how a plant recovers at night. A lot is possible with the sensors in greenhouses these days. But can one use these measurements to improve their cultivation? A treasure trove of information The 2Grow sensors…

US (MI): 2019 Systems approach to managing spotted wing Drosophila in berries

MSU Extension and Michigan Food and Farming Systems invite growers, field managers, pest consultants and everyone involved in insect pest management in blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to attend their first 2019 Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) IPM Workshop. The workshop will be offered on…

Next few months pivotal to make a difference with the ToBRFV virus

The ToBRFV emergency has hit the Italian territory as well. An interview with Cristiano Guerresi, general director of HM.CLAUSE Italia, revealed a few key points that need the attention of the entire tomato segment. Origin and speed of transmission The gravity of the pathology needs to be understood and…

Biological control strategies gaining ground in Spanish region of Murcia

Since 2000, the Region of Murcia has been implementing strategies for the biological control of pests in different crops with the support of the Council of Water, Agriculture,…

Valagro BioSciences:

India: New line of sustainable solutions based on microorganisms

Valagro, a leading company in the production and marketing of biostimulants and specialty nutrients, has successfully completed a tour across India with Valagro Biosciences, the Group's Indian subsidiary, to promote the new line of sustainable solutions based on micro-organisms including new…


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