Crop Protection

Corteva Agriscience chooses Casablanca as hub for North-West & West Central Africa

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, launched its official North-West & West Central Africa (NWAF & WCAF) regional headquarters in Casablanca, Morocco. The Casablanca office will act as Corteva Agriscience’s business centre for customers, partners and consumers in its main…

Alfred Klaver, Naktuinbouw:

"With specific test we will soon be able to detect ToBRFV even faster"

In several countries worldwide the tomato virus ToBRFV has now surfaced, including recently in Germany. Naktuinbouw (the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture) is…

Licence agreement adds new biological fungicide to Certis Europe's portfolio

Certis Europe and the Portuguese company CEV have entered into an exclusive distribution and sales agreement covering the EU 28 and other specified countries for CEV’s biological fungicide Problad, excluding Portugal. The product, which is based on a naturally-occurring compound extracted from Lupin…

René Huijsmans:

"The protection of seeds and young plants against diseases is under pressure"

For years there was hardly any movement in the field of fungicidal seed treatment solutions for vegetables, according to René Huismans (Syngenta / FarMore Technology). "The market was dominated by products such as thiram, carbendazim and iprodion." He says that a big reason why the industry did not look for alternatives…

Botanical-based biofungicide comes to Spain

STK bio–ag technologies and Sipcam are announcing an exclusive agreement for the distribution and market development of Timorex Gold biofungicide throughout Spain. Under this exclusive agreement, Sipcam Iberia will market and sell the product throughout Spain under STK’s trade name, Timorex Gold. Timorex Gold is…

France: three tomato giants join forces to offer zero-pesticide products

The Breton cooperatives alone represent 50% of the French tomato market with 230,000 tons of tomatoes produced each year. Cultivated all year round in heated greenhouses, they…

Ines van Marrewijk, Groen Agro Control, about quick DNA-analysis ToBRFV

"We have been processing samples of various customers"

Since the end of last year, the greenhouse horticulture sector has been troubled by the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (RoBRFRV). The virus has not yet been spotted in the…

New copper bactericide and fungicide available in California

Producers in California now have access to a new copper bactericide and fungicide – Instill which the manufacturers say protects nut trees, fruit trees, citrus, leafy…

US (MI): Greenhouse disease and insect management recommendations for 2019

Michigan State University Extension entomology specialist for ornamentals David Smitley has released his “ 2019 Greenhouse Insect Management ” recommendations. These are the recommended products to control thrips, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, broad and cyclamen mites, fungus gnats, mealybugs and…

Australia: Brown marmorated stink bug found in Port Melbourne

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been detected in Port Melbourne. The bug was found in an Agriculture Victoria trap which was put out as a precaution after Victoria’s first BMSB detection in Clayton in December. Victoria’s Chief Plant Health Officer, Dr Rosa Crnov, said Agriculture Victoria had increased surveillance and trapping…

South American moth in African tomatoes: 75 tons of vegetables will not make it to Saint Petersburg.

South African tomato moth not allowed in Saint Petersburg

The inspectors of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance have banned 75 tons of Moroccan tomatoes from entering Saint Petersburg. The press service of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance reported the fact. The cargo arrived at the big port of Saint Petersburg and…

US (GA): Beneficial insects can prove useful for greenhouse crops

While the use of beneficial insects and other biocontrols for agricultural pest management hasn’t gained widespread usage in open field production, some Georgia farmers are using natural control methods in greenhouse and high-tunnel production. “The makeup of our farms and the perceptions of our farmers determine what…

US: California growers now have systemic copper in their toolboxes

Producers in California now have access to a longer-lasting copper bactericide and fungicide – Instill protects nut trees, fruit trees, citrus, leafy vegetables and berries. “The key difference is that this is a systemic copper,” says Sym-Agro President Peter Bierma. “Instead of providing a protective coating, Instill absorbs…

Kenya: Biological solutions meet peri-urban horticulture

Biological control involves the management of plant pests and diseases using other organisms. The concept relies on an active human management role to achieve this and is an important component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs. There are three basic strategies for biological pest control. The first, which…

New greenhouse concept: Multispan, foil and semi-closed

During this year's Sival, a new greenhouse concept was launched by CMF Groupe. The GreenPush BioActive is a semi-closed multispan concept. "We want to limit the pest pressure and offer a more homogeneous climate", Corenthin (Felix) Chassouant  with CMF Groupe explains. IPM As shown at the Sival and in the video above, the GreenPush BioActive…

US: New greenhouse disease management recommendations for vegetables and herbs

Dr. Mary Hausbeck in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University and her colleagues have released a  new guide for disease management for vegetable and herb crops . The new guide provides the following information about each registered product for vegetable transplants…

New Zealand: Second round of Tamarixia triozae biological control releases underway

The saying that ‘many small things can add up to one big thing’ is currently being put into practice for the Tamarixia triozae biological control release programme. The parasitic wasp of Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) is being released on and around tomato greenhouses, potato fields and tamarillo orchards…

Effectiveness of two miridae against the tomato leafminer

Dicyphus bolivari and Dicyphus errans are miridae commonly found in various crops with low pesticide pressure where they act as predators arthropods such as Tuta absoluta, the tomato leafminer. However, their effectiveness as organic control agents of this insect needs further analysis.  Entomologists from the University of…

The Giovanni Pasquariello's observations

Italy: Winter produce enough only for loyal customers

Giovanni Pasquariello is the owner of the Azienda Agricola Pasquariello Giovanni. He said to FreshPlaza, "For the current campaign, we expanded by 20% the acreage devoted to winter crops spread over a slightly longer period, from the end of September to mid-March. The harvesting times are going well. Before Christmas holidays,…

New Zealand: Funding for IPM in strawberry cultivation

On-farm nitrogen (N) management, reduced use of agrichemicals in onion production, pest management in strawberries, and management of avocado fruit quality are amongst the seven proposals selected for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) latest funding round for which…

CAN (ON): Putting the strawberry fruit rot prediction model to the test

Production of day neutral strawberries in Ontario is increasing as part of the berry industry’s efforts to extend the growing season. However, these ever-bearing berries have different disease management needs than the traditional June-bearing strawberries. Strawberry anthracnose has caused considerable crop losses…

US: Chemical component of IPM gets the spotlight during National Pesticide Safety Education Month

The second annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month gets underway February 1st, to reinforce core principles of safe handling and use and to raise awareness of and…

by Mathias Breuhahn

"Macro-lenses, a useful addition for the modern grower and consultants"

Since the introduction of Smartphones in 2007, they have become a stable part of our lives. The Smartphone is also a stable part in professional horticulture. Some examples are the use of apps for crop protection or the supervision and control of the greenhouse climate data. In addition, smartphones are…

Russia intercepts 75 tons of Moroccan tomatoes with tuta absoluta

Russian authorities in Saint Petersburg held a shipment of 75 tons of tomatoes from Morocco. They claim this has to do with a tuta absoluta contamination. The cargo arrived at the customs check point Big Port Saint Petersburg, reported the Department of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in…

BioSafe Systems appoints Jeff Kline as Vice President of Sales

BioSafe Systems has promoted Jeff Kline from Market Segment Manager to Vice President of Sales for Agriculture and Professional Products. Jeff has been working with the company since early 2007. “Jeff has been a valuable part of our business over the past ten years,” Rob Larose, CEO and President of BioSafe Systems says. “We are…

February 21, White Lake

US (MI): Biological pest control workshop for greenhouse growers

The biological pest control workshop for greenhouse growers is designed to help beginning to advanced growers which emphasizes biological pest control in spring floriculture crops. Mr. Jeremy Jubenville, Kalamazoo's MSU Extension Greenhouse and Floriculture Educator, will discuss the following topics: Know your Enemy…

Interview with Prof Walter Davino

ToBRF Virus found in Sicily

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (TBRFV or ToBRFV) is unfortunately present in Sicily. Walter Davino shared the terrible news. He is a professor of plant pathology at the Palermo University. In an interview, he told to FreshPlaza how he discovered this pathogen. In the photo above, kindly provided by prof Davino, it is possible to see…

CAN (BC): Innovators working to save food and bees

Local organizations are partnering with the federal and provincial governments to develop innovative ways to save pollinators and combat food waste in British Columbia. While honeybees play a key role in agriculture, various diseases and pests have threatened Canada’s honeybee population in recent decades. In a…

UK: Government encourages industries to prepare for chemical use in case of no-deal Brexit

The UK Government has issued guidance to businesses that use chemicals on the actions they should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit. If the UK leaves…

US: Funding to monitor and forecast cucurbit downy mildew

Cucurbit vegetables grown in the U.S., namely watermelon, cucumber, squash, pumpkin and muskmelon, are worth $1.35 billion. Faculty at Penn State in collaboration with 16 other universities will utilize funding awarded by the 2018 USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Program to monitor and forecast cucurbit…

US: AVIV biofungicide now registered in Florida

STK Bio-ag Technologies has secured Florida state registration for its biofungicide AVIV. Based on a proprietary strain of Bacillus subtilis IAB/BS03, AVIV biofungicide is an advanced microbial fungicide that delivers broad spectrum disease control both in soil and on plant surfaces. AVIV is a clear liquid, which tends…

Vestaron appoints Sherry Mitchell as Director of Marketing

Vestaron has appointed Sherry Mitchell as Director of Marketing. Sherry most recently was North America Director of Communications for Nufarm Americas, a developer and marketer of crop protection and enhancement products, for its agriculture and turf segments. She also has strong brand and creative…

Koppert India to train smallholder farmers

A consortium of Dutch companies – of which Koppert India is a partner – the Dutch government and leading Indian retailer, Future Group, launched an ambitious agricultural project and opened a demonstration polyhouse in Tumkur, Karnataka, India on Friday, 18 January. The aim of the project is to reduce food waste in…

BVT receives first patent approval for its proprietary microbial strain

Bee Vectoring Technologies has received patent allowance for its microbial strain Clonostachys rosea strain BVT CR-7, granted in the United States. This patent allowance protects a critical component of BVT’s proprietary vectoring technology.   This is the first patent granted to BVT for its CR-7 microbial strain,…

Crop Enhancement secures venture capital funds

Cavallo Ventures, the venture capital arm of Wilbur-Ellis, has invested in Crop Enhancement, an innovator of sustainable agrochemical products for enhancing crop yields. With its investment, Cavallo Ventures aims to accelerate the development of Crop Enhancement’s crop protection technology in the United…

Stephan Kohn, Heinrich GLAESER Nachf. GmbH:

"Our solutions make a valuable contribution to increasing yields and earlier harvests"

A sudden frost in April, hail, heavy rainfall and other weather capers, or the unwanted visit of insects in the fields make life always difficult for fruit and vegetable producers. "In order to ensure healthy growth and a good harvest even under extreme conditions, we work together with our customers on…

US (CA): Low or no pesticide levels in most fruits and vegetables

Once again, tests showed that the vast majority of fresh produce collected by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) met national pesticide residue standards. During its 2017 survey, DPR found 96 percent of all samples had no detectable pesticide residues or were below levels allowed by…

Mayotte: Dimethoate in tomatoes

Dimethoate, an insecticide which is controversial and banned in France, has recently been found on tomatoes from Mayotte. The Prefecture of Mayotte has issued an order and published an alarming…

UK: Diseases of lettuce crops guide

A guide published by AHDB covers fungal and Oomycete disease of lettuce. The extent of losses caused by these diseases to lettuce crops varies considerably according to the disease type, method of crop production, lettuce variety, season and other factors. Many lettuce diseases can cause considerable damage and occasionally…

Functional biodiversity with soilborne fungi to suppress greenhouse pests

Pests and diseases are often suppressed by various species of natural enemies and antagonists that naturally occur in cropping systems. Stimulating and conserving this functional biodiversity can be used to increase the resilience of cropping systems. The recently-started EU project Greenresilient is…

Italy: Courgette threatened by the New Delhi virus, in Sicily

A member of the Sicilian regional assembly Rosanna Cannata reported, “Yesterday morning, I went checking the Rosolini and Pachino countryside, where I could notice the presence of the New Delhi virus with a 50% incidence on the courgette productions. Also, the virus reached the Noto and Portopalo…

"Greenhouse growers want to get rid of Fusarium"

Fusarium causes a lot of headache for greenhouse growers. The fungus ensures that crops such as lettuce, tomato or phalaenopsis become ill or even die. Fusarium can be controlled with plant protection products, but the number of authorized products is shrinking. Time to act! Wageningen University &…

Employing natural enemies of Tuta absoluta improves tomato yields

The tomato leaf miner ( Tuta absoluta) is one of the most destructive tomato pests worldwide. "We tested the quantity and quality of tomatoes after the combined use of two biological control agents - predatory mirid bug Nesidiocoris tenius and egg parasitoid Trichogramma brassicae ," report researchers…

Tomato plant aroma to protect crops

Tomato plants emit an aroma in order to ward off bacterial attacks. This volatile compound is hexenyl butyrate (HB), and according to testing by researchers at the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, it has great potential for protecting crops from infections, drought, etc. The finding…

Switzerland: First samurai wasps found in stink bug eggs

One invasive species that began to appear in Europe over the last decade or so is the Halyomorpha halys , commonly known as the brown marmorated stink bug. Native to eastern…

US (FL): ‘Plant whisperer’ helps keep produce lush, green and safe

Liz Felter gazes at the tomato plant and considers it quietly for a few seconds. Stroking the discolored leaves, she sticks two fingers in the soil and pushes the dirt down. “My gut tells me it’s not Erwinia,” says Felter, a University of Florida IFAS Extension regional specialized agent. The visitor to the UF/IFAS…

US: MGK launches Azera Pro into nursery & greenhouse market

Adding to its organic botanical portfolio of solutions for insect control, MGK has launched Azera Pro to the greenhouse, nursery, and landscaping industry. Azera Pro is OMRI listed and meets USDA’s NOP requirements and complements other products already being used in the nursery and greenhouse industry…

US: Progress in developing bacterial spot resistance in tomato

Bacterial spot (BS), caused by four species of Xanthomonas: X. euvesicatoria, X. vesicatoria, X. perforans and X. gardneri in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) results in severe loss in yield and quality by defoliation and the appearance of lesions on fruits, respectively. The combined industry standard for BS…

New Zealand: Tomato industry signs Sector Readiness Operational Agreement

Biosecurity New Zealand and Tomatoes New Zealand have reached an agreement on the pathway forward to better prepare for future biosecurity responses. Both parties signed a Sector Readiness Operational Agreement on 21 December 2018. "The agreement demonstrates both organisations' commitment to strengthen readiness for incursions of specific pests and pathogens,"…

Thripex with more punch, now available in bulk

A biological solution for thrips infestations, Thripex, now offers even better protection for this harmful pest in a highly concentrated formulation for optimal efficacy in…

New agreement to protect New Zealand tomato industry

A new agreement is set to boost protection of the New Zealand fresh tomato industry from biosecurity threats. Biosecurity New Zealand and Tomatoes New Zealand have signed a…

South Italy: Frost wave did not cause many damages

Low pressure coming from Northern Europe did not affect southern Italy produce much. FreshPlaza contacted Gianfranco Romano, regional president of Coldiretti Matera, in order to better understand the current situation. “The lower temperatures were not a big issue. Even though the temperatures reached -1.5°C, citrus fruits…

Ronald Valentin joins BioWorks as Director of Technical Business

Ronald Valentin has been named Director of Technical Business at BioWorks, home to the RootShield, BotaniGard, BotryStop, CEASE, Molt -X, MilStop, NemaShield, PreFence and SuffOil-X brands of biopesticides and Verdanta and ON-Gard brands of biofertilizers. In his new position, Mr. Valentin will be…

AgroSavfe appoints Adrian Percy as new independent board member

AgroSavfe welcomes Dr Adrian Percy to its Board of Directors in his new role as an Independent Board Member. Dr Percy brings with him over 25 years of international experience…

Lepinox Plus now also approved in Germany

Organic insecticide aimed at caterpillars is suitable for conventional and organic cultivation

After successful use in some European countries like Italy and the Netherlands, Lepinox Plus is now also approved for use in Germany. The agent contains bacterium strain EG…

Why hybrid is the ultimate way for your crops and business to grow

The future of crop protection is hybrid

For centuries, farmers have sought to shield their crops from weeds, pests, nematodes, and various diseases by using pesticides to protect and continue nourishing the food humans rely on to survive. However, in recent years, there has been an increasing amount of pressure around the effectiveness of…

Results of enriched biochar in cucumber cultivation

"Strong Trichoderma population makes cucumber crop preventively more resilient"

In the second and/or third cultivation of cucumbers the conditions during and after planting are often favorable for the development of Pythium. A degradation of Pythium…

India: Tomato gene involved in viral infection and heat stress identified

While trying to understand genetics of stress to make tomatoes and other crop plants more productive, Indian researchers have identified a gene that helps the tomato plant tackle pathogens as well as heat stress. Scientists at New Delhi-based National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) have deciphered the critical…

NZ industry to focus on tuta absoluta and pepino mosaic virus

Biosecurity New Zealand and Tomatoes New Zealand have reached an agreement on the pathway forward to better prepare for future biosecurity responses. Both parties signed a Sector Readiness Operational Agreement. "The agreement demonstrates both organisations' commitment to strengthen readiness for incursions of specific…

"U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the 2017 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The Summary shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues well below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each year, USDA and EPA work together to…

UK: Grant to develop biological control of Black Vine Weevil and Western Flower Thrip

Bionema, a biotech Swansea University-based company, has received a grant award from Innovate UK to further develop technology that could help combat pests which cost the worldwide economy billions every year. Western Flower Thrips infected with entomopathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana BNL 103 The £765,000 grant was awarded under…

New Zealand: Special traps set as part of brown marmorated stink bug surveillance

Biosecurity New Zealand is laying special traps designed specifically to lure brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB), in an area in Mount Maunganui, following the detection of a lone male bug. This is a precautionary step following this detection. The single live male BMSB was found on a side table, just inside the main…

US (MD): MMJ grower fined for using unauthorized crop protection agents

After investigation, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission concludes that ForwardGro used unauthorized crop protection agents, failed to ensure employees used adequate personal protective equipment and failed to have appropriate security measures in place as required by the Commission’s regulations. Responding to…

May 29-30, London

UK: London will host 4th Biopesticides Europe conference

ACI has announced London, UK as the host city for the 4th Biopesticides Europe conference. With increased direction from the authorities and growing demand for sustainable agriculture it is certain that biopesticides market will continue to experience growth. There is however still uncertainty from within the industry…

US: No cross-resistance of SPEAR bioinsecticide with Spinosad

Despite SPEAR peptide targeting the same receptor class as does Spinosad – the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, insects with resistance to Spinosad do not have cross…

New facilities for Koppert Canada

Koppert Canada officially opened their new local facility in Leamington, Ontario, on 4 December. This new building marks a culmination of 25 years of continuous growth and…

US (GA): Researchers receive $2 million to study organic management of Spotted Wing Drosophila

The University of Georgia has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop organic methods of controlling the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD).  Ashfaq Sial, coordinator of UGA Integrated Pest Management (IPM) a blueberry entomologist at the UGA…

US: New OMRI-Listed miticide available for organic growers of specialty crops

Kemin Crop Technologies, an initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial growers, recently launched TetraCURB Organic, a new  OMRI-Listed foliar spray miticide and repellent for use on all crops. TetraCURB Organic provides a new option for organic growers to manage mite pressure…

Bee vectoring comes to Mexico

Bee Vectoring Technologies is accelerating efforts to bring its patented plant protection delivery system to commercial growers in Mexico. BVT has begun the registration process of its proprietary active ingredient, Clonostachys rosea CR-7, as a biofungicide for control of common fungal diseases including botrytis. For assistance with the…

Turkish producer of sticky traps becomes part of Biobest Group

Biobest Group NV of Belgium, IVOG Gmbh of Germany, BKS A.S. and Antilsan A.S. of Turkey, jointly announced a transaction, which further strengthens the position of Biobest Group with regard to sticky traps, sticky rolls and pheromones. BKS A.S., based in Antalya, manufactures sticky traps and rolls and…

Italy: fighting pepper plant diseases

On Friday 23rd November 2018, Dr Laura Minozzi from the Institute for the Sustainable Protection of plants – CNR and Cristian Carli (Agrion Foundation) illustrated new technologies for monitoring the peppers’ diseases and they also showed the results of the 2018 experimentation on the varietal comparison…

The future of soil disinfestation in the European regulatory climate

At the 9th International Symposium on soil and substrate disinfestation held in Crete, Greece in September scientific experts of the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS), discussed the important challenges faced by European growers due to the lack of plant protection solutions for the…

Just another day for Port Kembla Biosecurity

Australia: Stinkbugs and 'Fury Road'

Biosecurity officers at Port Kembla deal with all sorts of things; beetles, stinkbugs, stagnant water on board ships and... the vehicles from the movie Fury Road. Yes indeed, the trucks and cars used in the most recent Mad Max film came in through Port Kembla, once filming in South Africa was over. “It’s not too…

"Nutrimite scores high marks in the Netherlands"

In June 2018, Biobest Nederland performed an online survey of 141 Nutrimite users from the Netherlands. Biobest introduced Nutrimite, a food supplement based on Typha pollen, onto the market in 2013. The product stimulates the population development and improves the distribution of predatory mites…

Crop Defender Academy

Greenhouse growers put IPM under the microscope

For many years Crop Defenders has been empowering greenhouse growers through education and training in eco-friendly biological pest control methods. Crop Defender Academy was founded in 2018 to further its non-commercial and unbiased educative role, and launched its first program—IPM Mastery—a 5-day intensive, interactive and practical training…

Hypochaeris brasiliensis: A new host for Lettuce mosaic virus

Hypochaeris brasiliensis (Brazilian cat's ear or "almeirão do campo" in Portuguese) belongs to the family Asteraceae and is a weed in cultivated fields in Brazil. Plants of H. brasiliensis with severe mosaic were identified in 18 soybean fields located near Londrina, Paraná, Brazil (Figs. 1-2). Ten…

"Amblyseius-System becomes more eco-friendly"

At Biobest they are constantly looking at ways to make their packaging more sustainable. Reducing reliance on plastic is a key focus. With this in mind, their team has redesigned the packaging for the Biobest bulk Amblyseius-System replacing plastic buckets with specially designed eco-friendly paper…


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