Crop Protection

Dutch authority reports suspected ToBRFV find at tomato grower

There is a suspicion of a discovery of the ToBRFV plant virus at a Dutch tomato growing company. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA) imposes hygienic…

Andalusia warns of the threat of ToBRFV to greenhouse tomatoes and peppers

Tomato and pepper producers in the provinces of Almeria and Granada, mainly those growing in greenhouses, have been warned by the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Livestock,…

Deadly fungus found in Far North Queensland

The Poison Fire Coral, one of world’s deadliest fungi, has been found in Far North Queensland for the first time. It is a long way from its usual home in the mountains of Japan and Korea. Dr Matt Barrett  of James Cook University, confirmed the identity of the Poison Fire Coral fungus after local photographer…

Are threats regarding tomato virus being twisted to influence politics?

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas issued the following which expresses how the organization feels the issue of a tomato virus is being handled. The article reads:…

Ozone Event Agrozone focuses on water quality management

"A disinfectant is no longer ordered from a brochure"

How many rounds in the greenhouse does a grower make in a day? Enough to sometimes ‘not really’ see certain things. For example, a very slow, dirty cloth filter or a condensation gutter that empties directly into the clean drain. Recently, during a day on which water in Dutch horticulture - including the WaterEvent - was central, some seventy people gathered to reflect on water…

Pest that feasts on broccoli

Swede midges found in Maine for first time

According to agriculture authorities in Maine, an invasive pest that can damage crops such as cabbage and broccoli has been found in the state for the first time. The pest is an insect called the Swede midge. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says Monday the UMaine…

Crop protection giants join forces to introduce closed transfer system technology for European growers

ADAMA, BASF, Corteva Agriscience, Nufarm and Syngenta join forces to further improve the way crop protection products are handled in Europe by promoting the use of closed transfer system (CTS) technology. The companies are now each piloting the CTS ‘easyconnect’ in selected countries to benefit…

Protecting tomato plants against pepino mosaic virus

Valto is a Dutch family business specialising in natural crop protection products. Their best-known product, V10, protects tomato plants against the highly damaging pepino mosaic virus. V10 is now also available in France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom. Broadest spectrumV10 is composed of two mild…

Collaboration to accelerate the development of microbial-based crop protection products

Corteva Agriscience and MicroMGx today announced a collaboration that aims to provide farmers a wider range of novel, microbial-based crop protection products. Under the…

US (IA): Ambitious strategies to combat pests and disease in organic agriculture

Fruit and vegetable growers who adopt organic agriculture practices forgo some of the commonly used tools conventional farmers use to fight pests and disease, but Iowa State University researchers are experimenting with new methods that could give organic growers new options. The researchers received a…

US (FL): Virus in Mexican tomatoes causing concern, USDA action needed

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is issuing an alert regarding a virus found in Mexican tomatoes imported into Florida and potentially other U.S. states. ToBRFV, the tomato brown rugose fruit virus, is a highly virulent virus that can cause severe fruit loss in tomatoes…

Rare insect pest intercepted at US-Mexican border

When CBP agriculture specialists inspected a commercial shipment of prickly pear pads arriving from Mexico, they found a rare pest that has never been seen in the United…

Plants use a common ‘language’ for emergency alerts

There’s long been a theory that talking to plants can help them grow better. But what if plants themselves could “talk” to each other? That’s a question that André Kessler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and his research team addressed over a 12-year study that examined plant-to-plant…

New crop protection coming to Canada

BioWorks announces the addition of SuffOil-X Spray Oil Emulsion to their Canadian product line. SuffOil-X controls insects, mites and fungi - including powdery mildew - in a broad range of greenhouse, nursery and vegetable crops. It works by suffocating eggs, larvae, nymphs, adult soft-bodied insects and…

New eco-friendly crop protection is now registered in the USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted registration of AmyProtec 42 for efficient and eco-friendly control of root diseases, such as Rhizoctonia and Common Scab in the USA. Besides its properties as soil fungicide, AmyProtec 42 also stimulates plant growth and induces systemic resistance…

First record of Ranunculus white mottle virus from Australia

In 2004, a vein yellowing disease of soil-grown greenhouse capsicum was observed in southern Australia. Symptoms were similar to those of pepper yellow vein disease, a suspected viral disease of capsicum transmitted by soilborne Olpidium species. Disease symptoms were apparent on young plants and faded…

Kris De Smet, Koppert, on Almería industry:

"Biological crop protection rises in diversity of crops"

The use of biological crop protection in most types of produce in Almeria is on the rise, according to Kris De Smet from Koppert. In Cajamar’s analysis of the 2017/2018 season in Almeria it was stated that there is a minor drop in the overall use of biological crop protection, but it also says that most…

Australia: Latest snapshot of plant biosecurity system released

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is pleased to release the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2018 which documents some of the key events of the year and the many layers of the plant biosecurity system that is protecting the plant industries and the environment. Australia is fortunate to be free…

Serendipita species trigger cultivar-specific responses to fusarium wilt in tomato

The endophytic fungi Serendipita indica and S. vermifera have recently gained increasing attention due to their beneficial effects on plant growth and plant health. Little is known about other species, such as S. williamsii and S. herbamans. To test their biocontrol and growth-promoting potential,…

Help from a bottle: Communicating about crop protection

What does the consumer think about when hearing the word crop protection agent? Maybe about something chemical or bad, or maybe he or she even panics and wonders what it has to do with 'food'. "Do you use that when growing?" Dutch pepper grower Hannie Moors shared her insights in an inspirational post in…

"We are excited about the potential of our new, strengthened edges of woven polyethylene®"

An international greenhouse and woven polyethylene (PE) cover company is looking to strengthen its market in Australia with the development of new and stronger products. PIC Plast Ltd from Israel has been operating in Australia periodically for several years with customers mainly from the vegetable…

Keeping Florida’s diverse horticulture industry healthy

When humans develop signs and symptoms of sickness or infection, they turn to medical health professionals. When fruit crops, vegetables, and ornamental plants show signs and symptoms of illness or disease, growers and horticulture businesses turn to plant pathologists. In south Florida, growers and…

David Baños and Roque Oller, of CASI:

"Labor costs and pests affect Spanish tomatoes"

“The tomatoes we produce in Spain stand out from the rest. Choosing the right variety and adapted handling make it possible to obtain an optimal quality. However, we must not ignore the need to invest in new varieties in order to open channels,” says David Baños, marketing director of CASI. 44 765 m² handling…

'Single swede midge larva can render cauliflower unmarketable'

Maine: New invasive insect damages broccoli

An insect recently found in Franklin County in Maine, the swede midge, poses an economic threat to those raising broccoli, cauliflower and other members of the brassica…

Shedding light on the biodiversity impacts of the tomato leafminer

The tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta is one of the most widespread and impactful invasive crop pests in the world. First reported in Peru in 1914, the tomato leafminer is now recorded throughout South America, Africa and Europe and is estimated to infest 60% of all cultivated tomatoes worldwide. Recent…

Syngenta opens new Seed Technology Center and Backcross Factory in Enkhuizen

"Crossing genes into parent lines will soon be accelerated by a factor of 2"

"We are sidelining ourselves as Europe, modern breeding techniques are being applied in other parts of the world anyway," says Arend Schot of Syngenta. "I assume that in the longer term this type of technologies will be allowed in Europe, but then we are already so far behind." Arend is talking here about…

Beneficial Insectary adds IPM specialist to team

Beneficial Insectary introduces Saul Alba as the newest addition to its IPM specialist team. Saul began his career in agriculture working for winery and vineyard operations on the central California coast. After several years in wine and grapes, he decided to focus on crop protection and obtained his PCA…

Customers discover the underside of the production of their beneficials

On Wednesday the 18th of September, on the sidelines of the Tech & Bio exhibition located in Bourg-lès-Valence, Bioline Agrosciences opened its doors to around a hundred customers during its Open Day. Taking advantage of their visit to the largest exhibition dedicated to organic agriculture and…

First report of reddish brown spot disease on red-fleshed dragon fruit in Malaysia

Scientists of University Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia) have detected firstly the reddish brown spot disease on dragon fruit in Malaysia. They collected stems of red-fleshed dragon fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus) with reddish brown spots from Negeri Sembilan and Johor states, then analysed the…

Germany: Researchers develop new modular vaccination kit

Simple, fast and flexible: It could become significantly easier to vaccinate plants against viruses in the future. Scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) and the National Research Council in Italy (CNR) have developed a new method…

Juan Antonio García, Armando Alvarez:

"In fruit trees, plastic has much better yield return than glass or horticultural nets"

“There is a worldwide rising demand for tree protection”, says Juan Antonio García of Armando Alvarez. “In fruit trees, plastic has much better yield return than glass or horticultural nets, due to the versatility in helping the crop development and the relatively small investment” “The protection of fruit…

Mexico: Santa Rita Production Center is happy with Arrigoni insect screens

The Mexican tomato grower Santa Rita Production Center is employing the Arrigoni Biorete Air Plus low thickness monofilament insect screen in their 40 hectares of greenhouse after being happy with the results of a test sample. In a recent video, the company talks about their experience with the insect…

CAN (ON): Roots of cleaner water found in greenhouse waste, says UWindsor student

A University of Windsor PhD student has found old greenhouse tomato roots, which are often thrown out, are better than garlic, cannabis and leek roots in cheaply removing phosphate that can fuel algal blooms. “There are literally tons of them,” chemistry and biochemistry PhD student David Ure said Monday…

Only 20% of Almería's greenhouses use biological controls

Only 20% of the greenhouse production in the province of Almería is grown with biological controls, despite the fact that the province was a pioneer in its implementation…

New EU regulations on plant health

In October 2016, a new European Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 (Regulation) on protective measures against plant pests was adopted. The Regulation repeals and replaces seven existing European Directives on harmful organisms. They entered into force on 13 December 2016 and will be directly applicable in all of…

US$45 million to reduce synthetic chemicals in agriculture by 80%

Terramera has raised US$45 million in equity funding to advance its Actigate Targeted Performance technology. The close of this Series B round was led by new investor Ospraie Ag Science and previous investor Seed2Growth Ventures. The funds raised will enable Terramera to scale its technology and…

Differences in gene expression in whitefly across different virus infections

Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus (CYSDV; genus Crinivirus, Closteroviridae) is transmitted in a semipersistent manner by the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, and is efficiently transmitted by the widely prevalent B. tabaci cryptic species, MEAM1. In this study, the transcriptome profiles of B. tabaci…

US (AR): Student intern Gomez researched blackberry and Peony plant viruses as Adair Scholar

Ioannis Tzanetakis, professor of plant virology at the University of Arkansas, received help from a student intern this summer with a project on the epidemiology of berry and ornamental viruses. Epidemiology is the study of incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases and other factors…

Germany moves to ban glyphosate weed killer by 2023

Germany intends to ban the use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate by 2023. They find its impact on insect populations and biodiversity is not acceptable anymore.…

How two mild virus variants can help growers beat PepMV

V10 is a natural crop protection agent developed by Valto and distributed by Koppert Biological Systems. V10 is used to prevent the emergence of the virulent Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) which has been accountable for substantial losses in tomato production around the world.  Pepino Mosaic VirusV10 is composed of…

Sudanese farmers: Basil can stand in for expensive chemical crop protection

The nation of Sudan has been spending huge sums of money importing chemical crop protection. But it seems like local farmers have found a natural alternative: Basil (Ocimum…

Protecting Tasmania from the Tomato Potato Psyllid

The much-feared Tomato Potato Psyllid first appeared in West Australia several years ago, and there was always the danger it would spread to the east coast. The psyllid caused…

UK: Funding partnership to tackle top horticultural pest & diseases

Research funds of £250,000 are now available for five projects to tackle high priority pests and diseases threats for horticulture crops. This is the result of a new initiative from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and AHDB working…

How to avoid calcium deficiency in controlled environment food crops

Tipburn and blossom end rot are symptoms of calcium (Ca) deficiency. Sometimes the first thought when a nutrient deficiency occurs is to add the nutrient that appears to be required to solve the issue. This isn’t always the best way to resolve the issue. Calcium has a very important role in plant cell…

Catching cucumber crop contamination with ECD determination

A number of organophosphate crop protectors are used to control pests on food crops, but the residues of such crop protectors are potentially harmful. These compounds are inhibitors of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, and persistent exposure can have adverse effects on health. The organophosphate crop…

UvA heads national consortium that will contribute to sustainable improvement of the global food supply

Netherlands: €20 million for plant stress research

A consortium headed by the University of Amsterdam will receive a grant of over €20 million to study the relationship between plants and the microorganisms that live on their roots. In due course, this project is expected to make a significant contribution towards the sustainable improvement of the…

Tomato cartoons to help Kiwi tomato industry

TomatoesNZ have created some short animated educational videos that explain some elements of the country's tomato growing industry. One of the videos is focused mainly on imported tomatoes and the radiation treatment stickers that are required on the packaging. The other video primarily talks about the domestic…

UK: All systems go with the CHAP Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture

The first stages of CHAP’s Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture have been successfully installed at the James Hutton Institute. The Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) Agri-Tech Centre, funded by Innovate UK, acts as a nexus for world-class experts, leading scientists, farmers, advisors,…

Mauritius inaugurates new facility to use nuclear technology to fight agricultural pests

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has helped Mauritius take an important step in the suppression of agricultural pests with the inauguration of a new facility to apply a nuclear technique to fight insects…

First report of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus in Portugal

The NPPO of Portugal recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detections of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (Begomovirus, ToLCNDV – EPPO Alert List) on its territory. In July 2019, during an official survey, ToLCNDV was detected in one plant of Cucurbita pepo (cv. Brilhante), in a greenhouse…

CambridgeHOK & growers with APS Group collaborating

Steam sterilisation unit developed to fight ToBRFV

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was first identified in Israel in 2014, but has since spread to Europe, east Asia and the USA. The virulent disease can quickly render whole tomato crops unmarketable as infected fruit develop chlorotic marbling and brown rugose patches. Once the symptoms are…

ToBRFV found on imported tomatoes in Arizona, California

The second case of ToBRFV has been identified in the US. “We’ve had two incidents of it in California,” says Bob Gilbertson, who specializes in plant virology and seed pathology at University of California, Davis.  “It was identified in a Santa Barbara County production greenhouse in September last year, confirmed…

India: IIHR develops light trap suction method to get rid of tomato pest

The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR-IIHR) recently developed the ‘light trap’, a method to kill or get rid of a pest called Tuta Absoluta, that affects tomatoes.  Studies were conducted in a tomato polyhouse and the method proved…

US: Unapproved chemical crop protection on basil from two Oahu farms

The state of Hawaii has ordered two Oahu farms to stop selling fresh basil that tested positive for unapproved chemical crop protection during routine sampling. It concerns…

No excessive pesticide residues detected in Romanian fresh produce

The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture announced in a press release that 2,080 samples of both fruits and vegetables have been analyzed, and a first conclusion is that no…

North Carolina State University, Raleigh

New ‘medicine’ to vaccinate plants against cucumber mosaic virus

Few things are scarier to a pumpkin farmer than the letters CMV. They stand for cucumber mosaic virus, a pathogen that lays waste to entire fields of pumpkins, cucumbers, and…

Mostly because of residues violations

Taiwan rejects/destroys 23 shipments of US agri products in 2019

Taiwan rejected or destroyed 23 shipments of U.S. agricultural products in the first six months of 2019 according to the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA). Chemical residues were cited as the reason for 15 of the 23 recorded rejections. The second largest source of violations was food additives,…

Nufarm welcomes Australian Federal Government funding for sustainable crop protection

Nufarm welcomes the Australian Federal Government funding to create a new Australian Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection. The Hub was one of four new research hubs announced by the Federal Government on 18 August 2019 and will focus on the development and commercialisation of an innovative…

US: Cornell team fights invasive pest, supports NY berry industry

Dale Ila Riggs knew the pests were coming for her berries. It was summer 2012, and Riggs watched as the invasive spotted wing Drosophila, a type of fruit fly, descended on The Berry Patch, her 230-acre farm in eastern New York near the Massachusetts border. “We lost 40% of our blueberry crop that year to…

Research finds:

Harmless bacteria create biofilm that protects foodborne pathogens

Pathogenic bacteria that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that are known for their ability to form…

Berry Research Team combines expertise to solve problems for the industry

Summertime in the Northeast of the United States has always meant berry season. The Berry Research Team of Cornell University combine expertise in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, berry breeding and management to solve problems for the industry. “We bring a lot of…

"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 threat to Dutch greenhouse vegetable cul…

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 National…

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 (Thaumatotibia leucotreta) in roses imported fr…

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…


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