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Brandt Europe launches Manni-Plex Calcium

"Controlling blossom end rot in California peppers"

Brandt Europe, a subsidiary of the US agricultural company for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has developed a nutritional solution to control the appearance of blossom…

"Now is the time to scout for two-spotted mite in cucumbers"

To get two-spotted mite control off to the best start, it is important to begin scouting and monitoring as soon as possible, says Pascal Briand, IPM and pollination specialist at Biobest. “The overall success of the biological control strategy is directly linked to the quality of monitoring,” he says.…

ToBRFV find on Egyptian import tomatoes in the Netherlands

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) has been found in the Netherlands on imported tomatoes from Egypt. This is evident from the latest update of the international…

US (MA): More insects spotted in the greenhouse

Based on greenhouse monitoring in the past week, UMass Extension's Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Team with Jim Mussoni, Private IPM Scout, report the following: Twospotted…

Combating fungicide use and food waste

Ultraviolet irradiation could kill mold on strawberries

After purchasing, strawberries are quite susceptible to gray mold, caused by the fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea. Other common fungal diseases of strawberry include powdery…

Tomato ringspot virus is absent from Serbia

The NPPO of Serbia recently confirmed the absence of Tomato ringspot virus from its territory. In the 1970s, the presence of ToRSV had been reported by Jordović et al. (1973) on raspberry. However, the NPPO explained that the virus had been detected on two imported varieties which were destroyed after…

First report of ToBRFV infecting sweet pepper in Italy

In January 2020, about 85% of a red sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum) crop in a greenhouse located in Ragusa province (Sicily, Italy) showed virus-like symptoms. Symptoms consisted of a slight mosaic and discoloration of young leaves, vein clearing on young leaves, browning of the stem with strong necrosis…

New product for biological control in cucumber

The biological fungicide Asparello T34 Biocontrol is an effective control for Pythium, as shown by new research performed by Dr Marta Streminska, from Wageningen University & Research Greenhouse Horticulture & Flower bulbs business unit. In this study, which compared the effectiveness of eight different…

The Syrian refugee who developed virus-resistant super-seeds

Plant virologist Dr Safaa Kumari discovered seeds that could safeguard food security in the region – and risked her life to rescue them from Aleppo. Kumari’s seeds are resistant to the climate-fuelled viruses that have destroyed crops of pulses in the region. The call came as she sat in her hotel room.…

Promising results in Integrated Pest Management in peppers in the Caribbean

The introductory trial of the Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) in pepper cultivation in the Caribbean is obtaining promising results, according to Luis Espinoza, Biobest manager for Latin America. "Pepper is an important crop in the Dominican Republic," he said. In addition to being a key…

"Mold-free strawberries? Yes, please!"

How many times have you purchased a package of beautiful, red, ripe strawberries from the grocery store only to have them spoiled by gray fuzz a day or two after you get them home? by Sue Kendall, ARS Office of Communications That unappetizing fuzz is called gray mold, and it’s caused by the fungal…

"Newly launched formula encourages root system"

Verano, a startup horticultural technology company, announced its first product called Thrivedo at Biocontrols USA Conference held in Portland, Oregon. Thrivedo consists of a…

Rovensa expands its biocontrol business unit by acquiring Grupo Agrotecnología

Idai Nature, the biocontrol business unit of Rovensa, announces the acquisition of Grupo Agrotecnología. Based in Orihuela, Spain, Grupo Agrotecnología is specialized in…

Whitepaper: Biological control of aphids

Aphids present growers with an increasing number of problems and Koppert is continuously working to find sustainable solutions to control a wide range of these small bugs which feed by sucking sap from plants and reproduce rapidly. An integrated approachThere are many different aphid species that affect a variety of…

"Prevention is better than cure"

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away, goes the popular proverb. The wisdom behind prevention is better than cure has been around for a long time and suggests that we need to be more proactive than reactive in our daily diet. by Daniel Than This is no different in horticulture. We see this principle being used in Integrated Pest…

"Scout remotely, gain better insight, save time, and receive digital advice"

"Having the Natutec Scout app means that we spend less time on plant protection. More importantly, we have better insight into the level of infestation and can see at a glance whether or not the natural enemies are keeping things under control. There is intensive remote contact with the Koppert…

Kenya Bureau of Standards

Kenyan retailers to face stricter pesticide residue regulations

Starting on May 1, supermarkets will be required to comply with new regulations that require them to ensure fresh produce, which they buy is tested for higher pesticide…

US: EPA streamlines evaluation of pesticides under ESA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its “Revised Method for National Level Listed Species Biological Evaluations of Conventional Pesticides.” This is an…

An extra weapon against whitefly

During spring tomato growers see whitefly infestation pressure increase slowly, but surely. At this time of year, predatory mirid bugs - such as Macrolophus pygmaeus - are often not yet at full strength. However, Biobest’s biological insecticide Preferal can be a valuable addition to the control strategy. Containing spores of…

webinar, March 25

Tomato production in greenhouses: Disease, insect & mite control

Next Wednesday (3/25) at 10:00 am, the University of Connecticut will host Part 2 of the Online Tomato Workshop: Disease and Pest Control in Greenhouse Tomatoes. Click here…

Promising start to IPM programme in Dominican Republic peppers

A trial to introduce a full IPM programme to a sweet pepper crop in the Caribbean is showing promising results, reports Luis Espinoza, Biobest Manager for Latin American countries. “Sweet peppers are an important crop for the Dominican Republic (DR),” he explains. “As well as being a key ingredient of…

New thrips identification poster available

Thrips are among the most important pests in greenhouse crops. The number of established thrips species in greenhouses has increased drastically over the last decade. Knowing which species of thrips is present in your greenhouse, is an important first step for setting up effective control programs.…

How organic farmers control weeds & pests

Organic farming relies on natural practices like promoting biodiversity and using natural nutrition sources. It probably isn’t surprising that the Canadian organic standards prohibit the use of seeds that have been genetically modified in labs for crop farming.  Using non-modified seeds means organic farmers…

How to reduce the risk of bacterial diseases in greenhouse horticulture

While plant pathogenic bacteria are small, they can cause major problems in the greenhouse cultivation of vegetables and ornamental plants. Implementation of hygiene protocols, as well as the disinfection of greenhouses before growing new crops, can prevent the spread of the bacteria. Unfortunately…

New Zealand growers claim supermarkets demand perfection, so pesticides are indispensable

According to New Zealand growers, the nation’s supermarkets demand perfectly formed fruit and vegetables. However, this level of perfection requires pesticides. The biggest supermarkets - Countdown, Pak 'n Save and New World - dictate the colour, shape and size that growers must adhere to in order to get…

Jörg Broschkat combines ecological and economical conditions of plant care

"Only if we can intervene promptly, can we find a remedy"

The requirements for fruit and vegetables in the retail trade are becoming more and more demanding, especially with regard to residues of plant and soil protection substances.…

Belgian start-up launches plant disease detection app

Knowing what disease the crop has and how to combat it within a second and a half - that is possible according to Belgian start-up Ask Attis, with a special application that…

First report of parsley severe stunt associated virus in Iran

Yellow dwarf disease is a major problem in most parsley growing farms in Iran. In December 2018, parsley in fields (Petroselinum crispum) in the Kerman province of Iran showed dwarfing and general yellowing symptoms (Fig. 1). Twelve samples were collected from two fields for analysis. Total nucleic acids…

Adama Spain and Plant Response close distribution agreement for biostimulant Cybelion

Adama and Plant Response signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the biostimulant Cybelion. ADAMA Spain will distribute the product developed by Plant Response. Cybelion is a biostimulant of fungal origin developed as a result of more than seven years of Research and Development efforts by Plant…

US (CA): Native sweat bee shows potential as pollinator

Entomologists at UC Riverside have documented that a species of native sweat bee widespread throughout North and South America has a daily routine that makes it a promising pollinator. Because the bee can thrive in environments that have been highly modified by humans, such as cities and agricultural…

"Technique used to suppress soil pathogens, pests in high tunnels can work in Pennsylvania"

A biological technique used to suppress soilborne pests and pathogens already used in warmer climates, with some modifications, will work in Pennsylvania and other more northern locations, according to a team of researchers.  That’s good news for the growing number of vegetable and small-fruit growers using…

Doug Barrow joins Bioworks as Biological Control Advisor

Doug Barrow has been named Biological Control Advisor at BioWorks. In his new position, Mr. Barrow will be increasing BioWorks ability to deliver personalized programs and support to customers in North America. Mr. Barrow has over 20 years of experience in the horticulture industry, with his most recent experience…

EPPO provides update on ToBRFV in Europe

The Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) has provided an update on ToBRFV infections through its Global Database. The ToBRFV virus is harmless to humans and animals but can cause serious damage to crops. Since last year all European countries are obliged to…

Combining harvesting with hygiene

In times that various crops are afflicted with viruses, many growers have taken strict measures to reduce the risk of contagion as much as possible. To link hygiene with crop work, Steenks Service offers a decontamination tray. Steenks: "This tray should be installed on your pipe-rail vehicle. The pipe-rail…

Directly brewed compost extract improves yield and quality in hydroponic baby leaf lettuce

The aim of a new study was to see whether the application of a directly brewed compost extract (added in the nutrient solution or by microsprinkler) could be used to improve the yield and quality of baby leaf red lettuce growing in a floating system, and to control the incidence of Pythium irregulare.…

Orocide

New biological insecticide/acaricide/fungicide registered in Spain

Oro Agri has registered its new insecticide/acaricide/fungicide Orocide, in Spain. This new plant protection product has recently been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and is based on Orange Oil, an active substance of natural origin. The product has been authorized for use on 36 crops including…

"Stop Basil Downy Mildew with these simple LED strategies"

Every basil grower’s worst nightmare is Basil Downy Mildew. You walk down the aisles, peer across the canopy, and then “Oh No!”. You see leaf yellowing and fuzzy purple growth. The once sweet smell of herbaceous goodness no longer smells so sweet knowing you have hours not days to react. Image source: Cornell…

Research looks to beneficial insects for pest control

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist is studying how a combination of beneficial insects can help control the pests in greenhouses. Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension program specialist in Integrated Pest Management, Overton, just wrapped up the second year of a three-year study looking at…

Strategic partnership brings botanical-oil-based fungicide-bactericide to U.S. market

Kemin Crop Technologies has announced a strategic partnership agreement with Laboratoire M2, a Canada-based technology and science company, to distribute Thymox Control, a thyme-oil-based biopesticide, effective immediately. Thymox Control is a broad-spectrum, contact fungicide-bactericide concentrate…

Research update: Internal rot in Aussie capsicums and chillies

Researchers are a few steps closer to unravelling the cause of internal rot in Australian capsicums and chillies. Samples of capsicum and chillies with internal rot, sent from growers in the Gatton and Stanthorpe regions, have been examined by AHR scientists and first clues to the causes of this disease…

"Whitefly, aphids, moth eggs, spider mites, thrips – Macrolophus gobbles them all up"

While Macrolophus eats the eggs and larvae of greenhouse and tobacco whiteflies, it also loves aphids, spider mites and moth eggs. The bright green Macrolophus-System predatory bug is greedy and can be of great value to sweet pepper growers. However, timing and supplementation are crucial to its success,…

This neural network knows all about plant development

iFarm, in cooperation with Poteha Labs and developers from Catalyst-Team, have started a Telegram bot for identifying deviations in crops growth in vertical farms: a neural network with the help of the latest discoveries in the sphere of computer vision analyses the state of plants and the bot will…

US (VA): Researchers work to keep tuta absoluta out

Virginia Tech entomologist Muni Muniappan has warned of Tuta absoluta’s likely arrival into the United States since he began monitoring the pest’s spread throughout Africa in 2012. Thanks to a joint grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Muniappan’s team and collaborators will be able to model…

Julius Kühn-Institut evaluates plant protection techniques for EU project

Smarter crop protection for Europe's vegetable cultivation

Plant protection is much more than just spreading chemicals over large areas with a spray-trailer behind a tractor. For a long time now, an innovative research field has been behind…

A novel strain of Streptomyces for biocontrol of strawberry anthracnose

Anthracnose caused by Glomerella cingulata is one of the most devastating diseases of strawberries in Japan, particularly during its nursery period in the summer. Scientists…

Verano365 launches first product at Biocontrols Conference

"Growers are seeing higher yields, shorter cycle times, lower unit costs and extended shelf-life"

Verano365, a startup horticultural technology company, announced its first product called Thrivedo at Biocontrols USA Conference held in Portland, Oregon. Thrivedo consists of a proprietary protein-surfactant that delivers a significant increase in nutrient efficiency, water uptake, and plant vigor.…

Biotalys announces second closing of €45 million Series C financing round

Biotalys announces the second closing of its Series C financing round with €10 million, bringing the total amount of capital raised through its Series C to €45 million. The…

Oroganic insecticide/acaricide launched in the Netherlands

Oro Agri launched its new insecticide/acaricide Oroganic at HortiContact in Gorinchem, The Netherlands in February 2020. This plant protection product has recently been approved by the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products (CTGB) and is based on orange oil, an active substance of…

Is there still hope for rapid change from pesticides to IPM in Europe?

The third edition of the Foodlog ‘Agriculture without chemicals – How?’ congress was held at Koppert Biological Systems headquarters on 27 February. This year the congress focused on Plant Health, to coincide with the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health. The initial debate on the…

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance elects new leaders

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) recently elected the board of directors for 2020, including the officers and four members to serve on the board. Elected to serve as…

Producers fear unsaleable products

Swiss vegetable growers on alert for tomato virus

A tomato virus has appeared in the French production area of Brittany. It is spreading rapidly and is rapidly approaching Switzerland. The disease causes a mosaic-like…

Australian spotlight on Tomato spotted wilt virus

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) causes a range of symptoms, depending on the age of plants, weather conditions and nutritional status. Symptoms include yellow mottling of leaves, ringspots, chlorotic blotches and line/mosaic patterns. Wilting and purpling of leaves can occur and necrotic lesions can…

How pest management strategies affect the bottom line

The economics of pest control

A study out of Mississippi State University evaluated the impact insect pest management strategies have on the economic return of small-scale tomato production. The results of this evaluation are published in the article “Economic Effect of Insect Pest Management Strategies on Small-scale Tomato Production in Mississippi” in…

Andermatt Iberia subsidiary established in Spain

Andermatt Biocontrol has established a new subsidiary in Barcelona, Spain, called Andermatt Iberia S.L.U. Juan Rodriguez Martin will be joining Andermatt Iberia as CEO of this…

Controlling strawberry fruit rots with an emphasis on mitigating fungicide resistance development

Fruit rots in strawberry can cause significant losses if not recognized early and properly controlled. The use of good cultural practices such as keeping fields weed-free,…

Brazil to allow for automatic approval of new agrochemicals

Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry will allow for agrochemicals awaiting regulatory approval to receive licenses automatically, potentially allowing new products to reach market…

US: New cucurbit downy mildew forecasting website up and running for 2020

For cucurbit growers who have been using the CDMpipe website the past few years to track the progress of cucurbit downy mildew in the US, a new website has been relaunched for…

Are your plants suffering from nutrient burn?

One common problem that many indoor growers run into is the leaves of their plant's browning, curling, and drying out around the edges. The most likely cause is nutrient burn.  While nutrient burn can sneak up on even the most experienced growers, it can be something to consider if you're new to fertigation.…

Zimbabwean government declares all-out war on crop pests

The government of Zimbabwe has stepped up efforts to improve plant health throughout the country as it forges ahead to ensure optimum yields this farming season. In an interview at the ongoing Plant Health Awareness Campaigns, Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri said…

New 2020/2021 Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations

US (NJ): Updated tables for insecticide and fungicide use in the greenhouse

The new 2020/2021 Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Guide has newly updated tables for selected conventional and organic fungicides and insecticides…

"The idea is for kids to be able to use it"

The new microscope device putting pest and disease detections back in the hands of farmers

Diagnosing pests and plant diseases leaves in horticultural production could soon be as easy as taking a picture with a mobile phone, following the release of a new AI Scope. An Adelaide-based startup company, officially launched the GoMicro mini microscopes at the evokeAG. 2020 conference in Melbourne.…

Spanish researchers develop tomato plants resistant to Tomato spotted wilt virus

Through a technique regulating gene expression, a group of researchers from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (IBMCP) - mixed center of the Polytechnic…

Webinar helps British growers combat ToBRFV

As part of the AHDB's response to the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) threat, they have hosted webinars with UK and international experts to update the industry with the latest information on this virus, alongside recommendations for growers. In this webinar, hear from Adrian Fox (Fera) on the…

China deploys 100,000 ducks to counter locust invasion

Everybody duck

Reportedly, the Chinese government has deployed 100,000 ducks in preparation for the locust invasion from Africa arriving at its borders. The Chinese media claim the birds -dubbed “duck troops”- can be more effective than pesticide. According to the countries media outlets, the ducks have been dispatched to the Xinjiang border…

Gerben Messelink appointed as special professor of Entomology

The Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research has appointed Gerben Messelink as a Special Professor Biological Pest Control in greenhouse production systems. The special chair is housed in the chair group Entomology, led by Prof. Marcel Dicke. This special appointment is financed by Koppert…

"Biological crop protection only has advantages"

Young Plants Grünewald in the Dutch town of ’s-Gravenzande specializes in the rooting of herb, potted and bedding plants. Under 3.6 hectares of glass, over 1500 varieties of young plants are propagated vegetatively. With a product range that size, it becomes a challenge to keep the starting material free…

US: Working across borders to fight ‘mite’-y big problems

It’s hard to fight back when you don’t know what the enemy is, especially if they’re nearly impossible to see and they number in the millions. There are more mite species in the world than all other types of arthropods put together, perhaps up to 11 million, said Ron Ochoa, mite expert and research…

Integrated pest management strategies for CEA

In horticulture there are always challenges when growing a crop. One of the most common challenges faced by growers is the risk of pest incidence on their crop. But, how can we prevent pests? How can we control an infected crop? Pest management is a vast and delicate topic. In this article Hort Americas…

Spain

Grupo Agroponiente and Bayer organized training day about ToBRFV in Almeria

The training day about the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus, or ToBRFV, organized by Grupo Agroponiente and Bayer Crop Science and held at the facilities of Vegacañada, a tomato specialist company of the Group, attracted many participants. The event served to provide information about this virus and to…

Hornworms causing headaches for Mallorca tomato growers

A plague of green-eyed monsters are wreaking havoc across Mallorca’s countryside. Farmers are at a loss when it comes to stemming the damage caused by hornworms on their…

Major seed deposit at Svalbard Global Seed Vault

35 genebanks from all continents deposited seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, at a deposit event hosted by Norwegian Prime Minister and co-chair of the UN group of SDG Advocates, Erna Solberg. President of Ghana and co-chair Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other members of the Group of Advocates…

Tuta absoluta wreaking havoc on Majorca tomatoes

The tomato moth, which is also known as the tuta absoluta, is wreaking havoc in the Majorcan countryside yet again, especially around Sineu, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin. It was first detected in Majorca in 2006 in Castelló de la Plana and in Ibiza in 2007. By 2008 the tuta had destroyed a…

Colombian scientist helps protect tomatoes from microbe menace

A fascination with microbes led Colombian plant pathologist Carolina Mazo-Molina to gain her PhD from Cornell and she is now helping in the fight against one of the biggest threats to the world’s tomato crop – a microscopic bacterium. Mazo-Molina’s says her passion for plants started at an early age. “My…

Niagara College Greenhouse Nursery cat officially named

Niagara College is introducing Scout, the new Niagara College Greenhouse Nursery cat. Over 1,800 name submissions were received. The name was chosen because Scout will be hunting for mice, as well as scouting out new students. Scout has his own Instagram account at…

Final day for Dutch greenhouse show HortiContact

HortiContact is still in full swing, but is coming to an end today. It took off last Tuesday and yesterday has been the busiest day so far. The show is popular amongst Dutch growers but more and more international growers find their way to it too. In total, the new lay-out of the show hosts over 400 exhibitors…

Cause: Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

Suspension of fresh cucurbit trade from Queensland to New Zealand

The following is an update from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on the suspension of fresh cucurbit trade from Queensland to New Zealand following the positive detection of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus from a consignment of watermelons from the state. On 13 December 2019,…

Entomologist presents history of vegetable pests

About the time Hugh Smith was a graduate student in entomology and nematology at the University of Florida, his academic department was housed on the top floor of McCarty Hall in Gainesville. Steinmetz Hall, the department’s current location, was a construction site.  Now, about 30 years later, Smith is a…

Two locust swarms entering Uganda

Last Tuesday, a huge swarm of locusts entered Uganda from Kenya’s Kasai region. Officials estimate it comprises more than 40 million insects. They said the locusts entered through Nakasepan Village in Amudat Sub-county, Amudat District. Two hours later, another swarm entered through Komoret in Amudat.…

Jürgen Brokelman appointed as Commercial Manager at HortiPro

HortiPro has developed in recent years as a producer and distributor of biological and natural plant protection products in the European market. Due to the strong growth of the company, the management of HortiPro has decided to strengthen itself with Jürgen Brokelman, who will take up his new task on 1…

Koppert collaborates to launch free biocontrol tool

The CABI* BioProtection Portal – an online resource to raise awareness of biological crop protection options for growers – has been launched in Kenya. Koppert Biological Systems is one of the partners to share its expertise to produce an innovative free-to-use tool to help growers reduce their reliance…

US (MI): Greenhouse disease and insect management recommendations for 2020

Michigan State University Extension has updated their insect and disease management recommendations for the 2020 greenhouse season. There have been some changes from the previous 2019 recommendations. These recommendations are updated yearly to reflect efficacy of pesticides as MSU Extension specialists and…

KoppertWednesday event

Partners with nature; a marriage or living apart together?

What's the partnership we have with nature – is it a marriage or are we better off living apart together? That was the question put to the panel during KoppertWednesday, the event organized by Koppert Biological Systems during the Fruit Logistica week. The moderator, Maren Schoormans, gave the floor to…

UF researchers link gene from ancient virus with plant stature

A new study from the University of Florida links the ability of plants to grow to great heights to a 500-million-year-old interaction between a virus and a type of algae. “The…

Scientists call for innovation in fight against locust swarms

As they are of the opinion that currently, we are too dependent on chemical pesticides, that are harmful to the environment, scientists are calling for innovation, including the use of genetic engineering, to find a sustainable, long-term solution to the plague of destructive locust pest. “Something we…

Blueberry growers can use updated, UF/IFAS web-based tool to fight fungus

Instead of spraying every two or three weeks, Florida blueberry growers can use an updated web-based tool to fight anthracnose fruit rot (AFR) with more precision, thanks to work by UF/IFAS experts. Blueberries grow throughout much of Florida between December and April. When their flowers and fruit are…

Discovering ways to build hardier, healthier plants

Plants have always battled various pressures, from diseases and insects to adverse environmental conditions. But increasing occurrences of more extreme weather events and a growing world population are resulting in the need to develop even hardier crops for the global food system. by Cameron Rudolph Researchers…

See how drones will fly through your greenhouse

Last week PATS released their official demo video at the ‘Fruitnet World of Fresh Ideas’ prior to the start of the Fruit Logistica 2020 exhibition. The video shows more about their solution and how this helps growers to tackle difficult pests. For more information:PATS+31 (0)6 330 876 50info@pats-drones.compats-drones.com 

GreenPatrol Project

Spanish scientists participate in the development of a pest detecting robot

The Spanish research center Tekniker, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), is taking part in the European GreenPatrol project, which is focused on the development of an autonomous mobile robot "capable of detecting pests in the plants of a greenhouse in its earliest stages,…

Nosema maddoxi is an entomopathogen infecting Halyomorpha halys in the US

In 2017, Nosema maddoxi (Microsporidia: Nosematidae) was described as a pathogen of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Nosema maddoxi is a microsporidian infecting H. halys. Microsporidia are intracellular, obligate fungal parasites that usually cause chronic infections…

Netherlands: Peruvian tomato seed with ToBRFV intercepted

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) has been found on tomato seed that has been imported from Peru to the Netherlands. The Dutch food and safety agency NVWA reported…

Certis USA announces CEO transition

Certis USA announced that President and CEO, Jow-Lih Su, PhD will transition his duties this year after nearly 20 years building Certis USA into one of the world’s leading…

Capscium chlorosis virus transmitted by weeds and thrips

Capscium chlorosis virus (CaCV) is a Tospovirus responsible of significant economic losses in capsicums, chillies and tomatoes in Hawaii, Australia, India and South East Asia.…

ANSES proposes measures to keep ToBRFV out of France

ToBRFV has been making the rounds in Europe, so it's no surprise that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has also taken note. Last year, they commissioned an expert assessment, which has resulted in a comprehensive report on the risks of the virus to French…

University of Florida’s Gulfcoast Research and Education Center

Robot protects strawberry crops from fungus and mold with UV light

Strawberry farmers may soon have the option to 'employ' a robot that uses ultraviolet light to kill certain kinds of fungus and mold. It is under development at the University of Florida’s Gulfcoast Research and Education Center in Wimauma. “It will know where to go, what speed, and what does to apply,”…

A bug’s life: How a British grower protects peppers against pests

Tangmere Airfield Nurseries has used natural biological pest control as part of their Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system for the past 30 years, since the business first started production in 1989. Amblyseius swirskii mites will leave the compostable sachet in search of pests. "Biological control is…

Bumblebees carry heavy loads in economy mode

Bumblebees are the big lifters of the insect world, able to fly back to the hive with almost their own body weight in nectar on board. A study published Feb. 5 in Science Advances shows how they do it — and that bees can show more flexibility in behavior than you might expect from a bumbling insect.  “They…

Kemin Crop Technologies names Vince Livengood Regional Sales Manager

Kemin Crop Technologies, the Kemin Industries business unit focused on providing crop protection and crop health solutions for commercial greenhouses and specialty crops, has announced that Vince Livengood, who previously served as Technical Services Manager for Kemin Crop Technologies, has been named…

UK: Sarah Mukherjee leaves Crop Protection Association

Michael Muncey, Chairman of the CPA, said: “It is with regret that I announce that Sarah Mukherjee has decided to leave her position as Chief Executive of the Crop Protection…

Presence of ToBRFV confirmed in six greenhouses of Almeria

On January 24, the presence of the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was officially confirmed in the Spanish Autonomous Region of Andalusia. It was detected in six…

UK: Redesigning the crop protection toolbox

CHAP’s Innovation Team has been undertaking a period of stakeholder engagement within the crop protection sector and across relevant parties.The aim is to underpin collaborative innovation in ‘redesigning the crop protection toolbox’, understand critical emerging challenges for farmers and growers, and…

Australia looks to alternative pollinators to support apiarists and industry

As the bushfire crisis across Australia continues, so too does the threat to wildlife including bees which are crucial for successful pollination. Early assessment has indicated that more than 10,000 honey bee hives have been destroyed across the Australian mainland and around 800 hives and 115 nucleus…

Nigerian tomato growers seek intervention to control pests, boost production

Some tomato farmers in Kumo, Gombe have advocated for pest control measures to accelerate cultivation of tomato and perishable produce in the state. Alhaji Yaya Siddau, a tomato grower in Wuro-YayanGari village, said that cultivation was becoming more difficult due to pest infestation of tomato plants.…

Rovensa expands biocontrol business unit by acquiring Agrichem Bio in Spain

Idai Nature, the biocontrol business unit of Rovensa, acquired Agrichem Bio, a company specialized in biological plant protection solutions in Iberia, headquartered in Madrid,…

"The alternative to banned agrochemicals is biological control"

"Beneficial microorganisms have arrived to open ground agriculture, and they are here to stay. These microscopic beings, which are already present in nature, leave no residues either in the soil or in the fruit, so they do not need a safety term and are completely harmless to the consumer. They are 100%…

Insect bites and warmer climate means double-trouble for plants

Recent models are telling us that, as our climate warms up, herbivores and pests will cause increased damage to agricultural crops. One study predicted that crop yield lost to insects increases 10 to 25 percent for every 1 degree Celsius increase. Michigan State University scientists think that these…

Germans suspect wider spread of CABYV cucumber virus

An even wider spread of the Cucurbit aphid borne yellows virus (CABYV) in German cucumber cultivation is feared. So far, about thirty infections have been reported in Bavaria last season, but because there is no official reporting obligation, that number could easily be higher, says Patrick Nastvogel of…


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