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Field tests show that USAF ultrasonic transmitters combat waterborne ToBRFV

Various tests have been performed at the Ron Peters testing ground in the Netherlands. Luykx Ultrasound and Ultramins commissioned these. They wanted to measure USAF ultrasonic transmitters' effects on the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus. The results show that these transmitters can control the…

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New insect control technology launched for wide variety of pests

Syngenta Crop Protection announces their Plinazolin technology, a new active ingredient for insect control that aims to help growers protect their crops from a wide range of pests. "This Plinazolin technology delivers a new standard of performance, particularly against pests for which existing products…

"Imported seeds pose great biosecurity risk for Australia's growers"

Global online shopping has boomed in recent years, and there are some parcels that can have a detrimental effect on Australia’s biosecurity system. Seeds and other plant material purchased overseas have the potential to harm its horticultural industries – including vegetables – with unwanted pests and…

Sustainable AI sensor set to help growers get early warnings

A unique AI technology that allows growers to tune into the early warnings of disease, pests, nutrient deficiencies, and water stress that plants communicate has received €1.8 million of funding from ePlant and Astanor Ventures.  The ‘Fitbit of plants’, PhytlSigns is the first commercial crop health diagnostic…

New nutrient optimizer launched in Europe

Corteva Agriscience has launched its Utrisha N nutrient efficiency optimizer in Europe as part of its Biologicals portfolio. It is an alternative nitrogen source that can…

Biocaptur offers an ecological and sustainable solution for the control of 'Tuta absoluta'

"Tuta absoluta progress becomes exponential without effective control at incipient stage"

The Tuta absoluta is considered one of the most devastating pests for tomato crops, and it has spread rapidly both in Mediterranean countries and the rest of continental Europe since it was first detected in Spain in 2006, specifically in the province of Castellon. Its impact on the plantation and its…

Preventing disease via water: "Water circulation will become the norm"

It is becoming more and more important: preventing disease via the water. Agrozone, too, notices this, says Roy Imming. It does not surprise him, as technology is creating more and more possibilities. Agrozone is an expert in the field of ozone technology, i.e. the method used to treat and enrich water,…

New sustainable packaging for Macrolophus predators

Biobest has recently launched sustainable packaging for its Macrolophus-System. "Recent field trials carried out in commercial tomato crops in Belgium and the Netherlands have shown impressive improvements in the establishment of Macrolophus pygmaeus - due to benefits conferred by our new and improved…

Cucumber grower works with Delphy hygiene protocol

"Starting the year virus-free gives confidence"

For eight years now, Burhan Güzel has grown cucumbers in his 5 ha greenhouse in Almere, the Netherlands. "In the first year of cultivation, we had a CGMMV, in the second year we had a tiny bit of virus and from then on it was under control", he says. The grower, who also has 2.4 hectares of high wire cultivation…

Free tool to enhance awareness and uptake of bicontrol and biopesticide products

Globally, an estimated 40% of crops are lost to pests and diseases. In an attempt to lower that percentage, there is not the CABI BioProtection Portal, a free, web-based tool that enables users to discover information about registered biocontrol and biopesticide products around the world. Available…

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Kenyan scientist warns for impact ToBRFV on African growers

Tomato farmers in Africa have been urged to be on the lookout for the ToBRFV virus that has been causing havoc in most tomato-growing countries. Speaking during African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) Congress in September this year, Dr. Isaac Macharia, General Manager, Phytosanitary Services at the Kenya…

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A short overview of the strawberry disease crown rot

Louisiana growers have not yet finished planting this year’s strawberry crop, and a disease called crown rot has already been detected in a commercial field. This disease is caused by a soil-borne, fungal-like microorganism genus called Phytophthora. Sometimes it is called water mold. Symptoms of crown…

Intensive pest control against mites and Drosophila in small fruits under protected cultivation

In the last couple of years, damage caused by the mite tarsonemide in raspberry plantations in protected cultivation has increased in southern Italy. This has been confirmed by technician Carmine Lanaro, reference point for Bioplanet in Campania and specialist in small fruits. To combat this mite, it is…

US: natural crop protection receives Best New Biological Product award

This year, Vestaron has been awarded Best New Biological Product for SPEAR–Lep, a nerve and muscular mode of action introduced since 2007. The Best New Biological Product award recognizes the best new crop protection product derived from a naturally occurring organism. SPEAR-Lep is Vestaron’s…

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How to avoid condensation: strategies in greenhouses

Crops require a favorable environment in which they can reach the maximum possible production, as long as it is not at the expense of their organoleptic properties. The purpose of climate control, combined with the rest of the equipment, is to manipulate the environment in the greenhouse to provide…

The RAIF warns of an increase in the presence of 'Tuta absoluta' in Almeria

The Alert and Phytosanitary Information Network (RAIF) of Andalusia warned about a rebound of Tuta absoluta in the province in its weekly report (about week 42 in this case)…

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Effective supply chain risk management strategies are key to preventing food poisoning outbreaks in fresh produce industry

A leading Australian professor of food microbiology believes the final product testing of fruit and vegetables is not solely an effective control strategy in controlling bacterial and viral outbreaks; rather, it is about safety measures in every step along the supply chain. Deputy Head of the School of…

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Autumn is key for preventative Andersoni-System introductions

Autumn is the time to introduce Andersoni-System (Amblyseius andersoni) to prevent an early outbreak of pest mites in overwintered crops next season, says Paul Koole, Biobest biological crop protection specialist. Common mite pestsSpider mites feed on a wide range of host plants where they can cause high…

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Researchers have a solution against Phitophtora water mold

Many nursery plants around the world are ravaged by root-destroying Phytophthora water molds. These disease organisms can lurk undetected for months or even years, thanks in part to the use of chemicals that suppress symptoms but do not eliminate the infection. As a result, many infected plants are sold.…

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Ag-biotech company opens new greenhouse to develop engineered microbes

Joyn Bio, the ag-biotech company engineering microbes for more sustainable agriculture, announced the opening of a new greenhouse facility that will enable the company's expansion into pest and disease management. The newly constructed greenhouse will support the screening and discovery of breakthrough…

First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Uzbekistan

The tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO A2 List) has recently been reported from Uzbekistan. The virus was first detected in greenhouses producing…

Dr. Natalia Peres, University of Florida

North Carolina nursery source of Ontario strawberry leaf spot and root rot outbreak

Neopestalotiopsis species are causing emerging strawberry diseases worldwide. The spread of these diseases is associated with the trade of transplants. There is some confusion within the taxonomy of Neopestalotiopsis species, as the genus has gone through multiple reclassifications over the years, EPPO…

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Coffee husk mulch in strawberry beneficial for biological control

Plastic and straw are used to cover the ground in strawberry production for protection against weeds, erosion, and moist soil. In Norway, straw is utilized on about half of the areas with open-field strawberries. In some areas, both plastic and straw are used. Until now, Brazilian strawberry farmers have…

NZ: Pepino Mosaic Virus update

The presence of Pepino Mosiac Virus (PepMV) at a South Auckland commercial tomato property was confirmed in September, taking the number of confirmed sites to five. These sites are all still able to…

New greenhouse predatory mite coming soon

Vineland has discovered a new general predator to help control pests associated with increased crop diversity in Canadian greenhouses, thanks to a five-year project funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Program, a federal, provincial,…

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First report of ToBRFV infecting tomato crop in Saudi Arabia

In January 2021, unusual fruit and leaf symptoms were observed in several greenhouses cultivating tomatoes commercially in Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia. Fruit symptoms showed irregular brown spots, deformation, and yellowing spots which render the fruits non-marketable, while the leaf symptoms included…

RAIF:

"There was a high presence of 'Tuta absoluta' in Almerian tomato crops"

The Alert and Phytosanitary Information Network (RAIF) of Andalusia has warned about the presence of Tuta absoluta in tomato crops in Almeria. The agency stated that “the…

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US: Neopestalotiopsis found in Georgia strawberry site

Georgia now has one likely strawberry site with Neopestalotiopsis. There were several sites that were decimated by this disease last year, but this appearance is the first of 2021. Symptoms and presumptive spores of the pathogen are showing up in this site, and the plants were obtained from a nursery in…

Supplementary feeding yields up to 500% more predatory mites

The supplementary feeding of predatory mites is a key factor at certain times of the season, especially when the natural enemy is released into a crop where it does not find enough food, whether pollen or pest. To compensate for this temporary lack of food and to keep predatory mite populations stable…

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Potassium deficiency in greenhouse cucumbers

Potassium deficiency of greenhouse cucumbers may beinitially observed as chlorosis (yellowing) of the older lowerleaf margins. As symptoms progress, interveinal chlorosis andfiring (necrosis) of the leaf margin and interveinal regions willdevelop while the leaf midrib and veins remain green. Managing pH…

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Crop protection sector study Netherlands-Vietnam

If you are interested in the Vietnamese market for alternatives to agrochemicals, the study on Vietnamese crop protection sector (performed on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency) will give you valuable insights.  The use of agrochemicals in the Vietnamese horticulture sectorVietnam is facing serious…

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Three-year grant for integrated pest management research

The Louisiana agriculture industry faces a subtropical climate, with which comes insects, diseases, and weeds that affect every facet of the business. A three-year National…

First report of ToBRFV in Iran

In August 2021, symptoms of a viral-like infection were observed on the leaves and fruits of tomato plants, cvs. Emperador RZF1 (Rijk Zwaan, The Netherlands) Maxifort, Eshkol, and 4129 (Seminis Vegetable Seeds, USA) in a 3.2-hectare greenhouse complex in Isfahan province, Iran. Plants had been raised in Iran from imported…

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How deep learning is transforming automation in horticulture

Automation has become a buzzword in horticulture, but many types of greenhouse processes have yet to be automated on an industry-wide scale. Pest scouting is one of them, which is a problem because scouting for pests is not only extremely time-consuming, it also has inherent flaws. Human eyes are simply…

Biotalys awarded grant for development of antifungal biocontrols

Biotalys announced it has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover new antifungal biocontrols for deployment to smallholder…

"Protac SF effectively tackles whitefly and aphids"

"Over this past season, many growers have adopted Protac SF and are seeing for themselves its effect as a broad-spectrum corrective product," says Biobest advisor Arjo van Lenteren. "Fast-acting, Protac SF forms a thin, sticky net over pests, quickly immobilizing and eliminating them,” he says. “With a…

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Widespread Tuta absoluta outbreaks on tomatoes as rainy season gets underway

Tomato producers across South Africa are facing outbreaks of Tuta absoluta, or tomato leaf miner, an aggressive pest of the Solanaceae family, despite a cold winter that generally depresses population numbers. Right: Tomasz Klejdysz | Dreamstime.com Some tomato producers have already seen their entire tomato…

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"Alternative tools to manage insect pest outbreaks have never been more important"

Crop protection is vital for every grower; you do not put all that effort into growing your crops just for them to get eaten or get ill. One method to fight pests is pheromones. International Pheromone Systems (IPS) develops, produces, and supplies insect semiochemical-based products and trapping systems…

IBMA President Herman van Mellaert:

"We urge the EU to unleash power of biocontrol in support of Farm to Fork"

Europe’s biocontrol industry urges EU lawmakers to back biocontrol, or else miss the Green Deal targets. Reported pushbacks to make Farm to Fork objectives such as 50%…

"Start Macrolophus-System early to reap the full rewards "

With the new season of artificially lit tomato crops underway in Europe, applications of the Macrolophus-System have already started. According to Biobest advisor Marvin Koot, a good Macrolophus population is essential for the overall biological control strategy for the crop. “In recent years, Tuta…

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The pros and cons of pheromones in crop protection

Certis Europe is a company that provides Biorationals, registered plant protection products generally derived from the natural environment. Among their products are micro-organisms, natural substances, and pheromones, and all products are officially registered under the crop protection guidelines. One of…

BumperCrop introduces affordable tool for greenhouses

"Scouting solution saves hours of data entry time and improves crop health"

A new system, introduced by BumperCrop, simplifies data collection and improves decision-making, thus aiming to save scouting teams hours of data collection work each week and is freeing up time to focus on achieving healthier crops. The system consists of an easy-to-use mobile App, scannable row tags,…

New rapid isothermal assay for detection of quarantine bacterium launched

Agdia announces the commercialization of a DNA-based assay on their AmplifyRP® XRT platform for the detection of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (RsR3B2). Ralstonia solanacearum (Rs), formerly known as Pseudomonas solanacearum, causes bacterial wilt in numerous crops of economic importance…

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How to control loopers (Lepidoptera)

The color and size of looper larvae and adult moths depend on the species. Larvae can range from green to brown and moths are usually a mixture of white, grey, and brown coloration and patterning, and are easily distinguished from caterpillars based on their movements. When the larva moves, it brings its…

"A voluntary certification scheme that recognizes plant producers with good biosecurity standards"

The New Zealand Plant Pass is coming

At their 30 September meeting, partners of the Plant Pass biosecurity scheme signed off on Plant Pass getting underway, and NZPPI have begun work on the rollout. Plant Pass is…

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“Administering a plant vaccine can add an extra layer of protection”

Around one hundred years ago, Louis Pasteur started developing vaccines against cholera and anthrax. However, few people know that in this period, scientists started to think about plant vaccines as well. The underlying idea is that the infection of a plant with a mild virus or viroid strain protects it…

Upgrade eco-friendly coolbox delivers beneficial insects

The Eco-friendly Coolbox to ship beneficial insects that Koppert introduced earlier this year has been upgraded after trials that have resulted in better quality products delivered to growers.   The shipping box, designed and adapted for the transportation of live insects and microorganisms has replaced the large…

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What is killing the "world's salad bowl" in California?

As one of the largest producers of leafy greens, the Salinas Valley in California is well known for its reputation as the world's salad bowl. But as the state tackled a global pandemic this past year, crops were fighting their own virus, the Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus INSV.  According to Mary Zischke, INSV…

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First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Portugal

The NPPO of Portugal recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO A2 List) on its territory. The virus was detected in two nurseries in the Algarve region, one in the county of Tavira and one in Faro, during an official…

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Amplicon technology: a new way to detect tobacco whitefly resistance

Tobacco whitefly (bemisia tabaci) is a harmful pest distributed globally and can have a serious impact on vegetable production. Its resistance to crop protection is one of the difficulties in practice. Therefore, the detection of the resistance gene mutations can provide an important reference for pest…

Authorities in the Region of Murcia detected the first case of ToBRFV in Spain since 2019

The Plant Health Service of the Region of Murcia reported that a case of rough tomato virus (ToBRFV) was detected in isolated tomato plants in a greenhouse in Cañada de…

New product for detection of fusarium wilt pathogen launched

Agdia announces the commercialization of a rapid, user-friendly, DNA-based assay on their AmplifyRP® XRT platform to detect Fusarium oxysporum. The Fusarium oxysporum species is a ubiquitous fungal inhabitant of soils throughout the world. Members of this species complex are commonplace in the microbial…

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Chemical ant factories can substitute pesticides in plant protection

Plant diseases are an increasing threat to food production, and several diseases are resistant to existing pesticides. A new Danish study shows that ants excrete chemical compounds that effectively inhibit plant pathogens, even where current pesticides are giving up. It was recently discovered that the…

Healthy Hydroponics analyzes microbiomes from vegetable, fruit, and cannabis growers

"Helpful microbes, happy plants"

A large-scale microbiome project across 12 commercial hydroponic farms in Canada has been ongoing since September 2020. The project, Healthy Hydroponics, is led by Metagenom Bio Life Science, a biotechnology and genetic sequencing company based in Waterloo, Ontario, and they have been working with the Ontario Ministry of…

Agtech company lands 116m funding to scale microbial platform

AgBiome, an agricultural technology firm that harnesses plant microbiomes to develop novel crop protection products, has landed $116 million in funding. The oversubscribed…

Another five new ToBRFV infections in the Netherlands

The Netherlands currently has 29 farms officially infected with Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). Since June, five new companies have reported infections, as was the case in June. The virus was successfully eliminated at two farms, as revealed by a new update from the NVWA.  The new detections were…

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Ozone water for irrigation and produce treatments

Among the various products showcased at Macfrut, a series of devices to 'produce' ozone to sterilize irrigation water, perform treatments and for storage units were particularly popular. The company that develops this technology is Ecofarm Storti. Left to right: Massimo Bizzarri, Enrico Storti and…

French EU president wants to eliminate chemical crop protection faster

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced during his speech at the Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which was held in…

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TYLCV found in northeast Victoria, Australia

The Australian horticultural industry is encouraged to report any tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) symptoms in tomatoes following the detection of the virus in northeast Victoria.  "TYLCV is a significant disease complex of tomato and can infect many other host species. It is reported to cause severe damage…

Australia’s largest biological control company Biological Services:

"50 years on, we're still growing strong"

"A collaborative pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to product and service quality have underpinned our growth," says James Altmann, co-Director with the Australian company Biological Services. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and over that time their mission has always…

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Kerala: Spice farmers get online help to fight plant disease

The Kochi-headquartered Spices Board’s research wing, the the Indian Cardamom Research Institute (ICRI) at Myladumpara is offering an online spice clinic facility to farmers. The farmers are getting expert guidance on plant diseases through the initiative. "This is how we somehow control the pest and…

Building resilient indoor farms with earthworms, fungi and beneficial bacteria

“I’d like to see the indoor farming industry include the ecosystem of waste and develop robust, biodiverse systems,” says Ketil Stoknes, a biologist and ecologist from the University of Oslo specializing in the integration of waste into controlled environment agriculture. During his TEDx presentation…

Crop Enhancement partners with OHP, Inc.

US: “We are advancing biopesticides, as growers are in need of more biological solutions”

“After applying CropCoat, insects don’t recognize the treated plants as something they want to feed or reproduce on,” says Dr. Damian Hajduk, chief technology officer at Crop Enhancement. The California-based company has a mission to create innovative and more sustainable pest control solutions for…

UK: Company partnership to develop smart mobile phone application for monitoring insect pests

SMART Cymru supports Russell IPM Ltd in developing a Smart mobile phone application for monitoring important insect pests. The accurate monitoring of pests is vital to…

Launch of new biological fungicide formulated with a new generation strain of "Bacillus subtilis"

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, biofungicides and biostimulants for agriculture, has announced the launch of…

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Fertilizers and agrochemicals use in Vietnam

A study by the Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi on the current situation of fertilizers and agrochemicals use in Vietnam and the potential market opportunities for the Dutch businesses.  Viet Nam is an agricultural nation with a natural area of 33.1 million ha in the mainland, ranking the largest 65th in the world.…

Dutch strawberry plant grower shares experience with UV pesticide

In the Netherlands, Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns propagates strawberry plants in a greenhouse. A spray boom regularly 'flies' over the crop. This is no longer an unusual occurrence for the grower. He has been using UV crop protection for years. In 2012, the nursery's Piet-Hein Kapteijns contacted…

Dutch growers want accelerated research into new cucumber virus

This summer, the Cucurbit Aphid-Borne Yellow virus (CABYV) spread like wildfire through cucumber crops in the Netherlands. That is what growers and crop consultants reported. This was reason enough for the 'Kennis in je Kas' (KijK) Program Council to agree to accelerated research iinto tackling this new…

Stepping up the IPM game: Biobest invests 10M CAD in ecoation

Biobest and ecoation today announced stepping-up their initial  commercial collaboration. Biobest invests $ Can 10 Mio in ecoation. Biobest’s CEO, Jean-Marc Vandoorne, and COO, Karel Bolckmans, join ecoation’s board of directors. Furthermore, the parties join forces to develop new IPM related technologies…

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Singapore scientists uncover secret of the black rot in vegetable crops

Every year between 2004 and 2013, swathes of cabbage grown in fields and greenhouses across New York were attacked by a lethal bacteria that severely wilted the leaves, sometimes making the vegetables appear scorched. For over a century, little was known about this untreatable plant epidemic called black…

Combining banker plants to achieve long-term pest control in multi-pest and multi-natural enemy cropping systems

Banker plants increase biological pest control by supporting populations of non-pest arthropod species, used as alternative hosts or prey by natural enemies. Due to the…

US (CA): Concerns about pesticide use the focus of visit by state agency director

The Head of the State Department Of Pesticide Regulation toured a research farm in Ventura County. It was the mid-2000s and Teresa Gomez made a living as a farmworker in the fields of Ventura County. "I worked on the strawberries, blueberries, everything in the field," said Gomez. "I never knew how…

Bio-enzyme water cleaner receives OMRI certification

Trusted by California growers for their wastewater cleaning needs for over a decade, Aquabella® Bio-Enzyme is now also better for organically minded farmers. The product just received organic certification from the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), which assures the suitability of products for…

Estonian and Slovenian tomato growers report ToBRFV

ToBRFV has spread to Estonia and Slovenia.  The NPPO of Estonia recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in its territory. The virus was detected in a greenhouse producing tomato fruit in the municipality of Saue vald, during an official survey. Samples…

Real-time detection of crop stressors helps develop new crop protection

Swiss-based technology company Vivent announced today a new partnership with Bayer which grants the company access to the  system PhytlSigns.  PhytlSigns provides real-time detection of crop stressors such as fungal diseases, insect infestations and nutrient deficiencies, well before a plant shows visual signs. Bayer…

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Plant-insect interactions of false codling moth and tomato

False codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick) is a pest native to sub-Saharan Africa infesting over 100 plant species including tomato. Its survival and performance are influenced by changes in precipitation and stress-related biochemical changes in the host plant. Water availability for…

Agri Impol Tech presented at Macfrut

Innovative strategies for biological control

Year after year, the number of crop protection and chemical products that can be employed to counter pathogens and harmful insects in agriculture gets smaller and smaller. Within that scenario and with the aim of achieving a more sustainable management of resources in line with the objectives of Agenda 2030, biological…


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