Crop Protection

Global group recognizes UF/IFAS engineer for strawberry spray app

Now that we’re knee-deep in strawberry season, many growers owe Clyde Fraisse and Natalia Peres a debt of gratitude. About a decade ago, Peres saw a need for a fungicide decision-support tool. Farmers sprayed about every week to control strawberry diseases known as anthracnose and botrytis during the…

"Crops need to get wilder"

Much like dogs have wolves, our familiar crops have undomesticated relatives growing in the wild, which often have useful traits not found in their cousins grown on farms. As global food systems face…

How to tackle mold in growing media

In some cases you might find mold on your peat based growing media or on its packaging. This article explains how this happens and why you should not be alarmed. If the humidity is high, mold can grow on almost any organic material. Therefore it’s no surprise that mold could emerge on growing media as…

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Investors sue Bayer over purchase Monsanto

Shareholders in Germany are suing Bayer in a court in Cologne, claiming they should have been warned of the risk of lawsuits when the company acquired Roundup with its $63 billion purchase of St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. in 2018. Roundup lawsuits have resulted in a drop in Bayer stock value and a…

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Papaya varieites well-adapted to greenhouse cultivation

Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is a tropical fruit crop of rapid growth and early yielding. In recent years, papaya cultivation has extended to subtropical regions due to its commercial interest. In South East Spain, protected cultivation is, however, mandatory to ensure the optimal development of the crop.…

Kazakhstan bans import of tomatoes from Azerbaijan

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan has informed the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance about the ban on the import of…

Germany and Denmark: Pesticide residue findings on foodstuffs are low

German and Danish officials have reported low levels of pesticide residues in food. A report, published by the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety…

Study on dormancy regulation in ‘Sonata’ strawberry and relation to flowering and runnering

Dormancy regulation in strawberry is a dynamic process that is causally interrelated with regulation of flowering. Interference between the two processes is therefore…

US (CA): Bioinsecticide is approved for use in New Zealand, Chile and on hemp in the U.S.

Marrone Bio Innovations received approval for Grandevo WDG Bioinsecticide for use in New Zealand and Chile. Grandevo WDG and Grandevo CG have also been approved for use on…

Belgian company submits first protein-based biocontrol registration package to the EPA

Biotalys NV, a food and crop protection company, announced that it has submitted its first protein-based biocontrol, Evoca™, to the Environmental Protection Agency in the…

boosting nutrient (and microbe) power with new supplement

"It is like adding a turbocharger to boost engine power"

"Constantly, we’re impressed at the effort successful growers are willing to exert on upgrades, applications, variable rates, machinery, input, etc. to try and increase yield or reduce cost. However, there’s not a product out there coming close to the ROI that SNX30 can give you with a lot less effort…

New formulation: beneficial nematodes in capsules

The biotech companies e-nema GmbH and Katz Biotech AG have started a cooperation to develop a new, innovative product for biological pest control: Beneficial nematodes, formulated in capsules, offer long lasting efficacy against sciarid gnats and are ideal for preventative treatments. Beneficial…

Biorational alternatives for leaf vegetables in Spain

Certis Spain has been working on the development of a new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme to control a variety of pests and diseases in leaf vegetables. The…

Better defense for better tomatoes

As Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus infects tomato and pepper plants across the globe, seed companies are working on breeding a resistant tomato. Rich genetic and genomic resources were available to tomato breeders even before the inception of the tomato’s genomic sequencing projects. Large tomato…

Koppert markets the PredaNostrum® solution, based on the syrphid "Sphaerophoria rueppellii"

Local Mediterranean fly achieves effective control on aphids in strawberry crops

A small fly, native of the Mediterranean area, called Sphaerophoria rueppellii, has become the most effective biological control solution against aphids in strawberries and other berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries). With just over 1 centimeter in size, this fly is a voracious predator of…

to replace crop protectors

Organic, inert compounds converted into an antimicrobial solution

Terra Vera, an agricultural technology company, announced its launch today, offering solutions to replace conventional crop protectors, aiming to increase product safety and…

new study on tomatoe resistance

"Modern tomatoes can’t get same soil microbe boost as ancient ancestors"

Tomato plants are especially vulnerable to foliar diseases that can kill them or impact yield. These problems require a number of pesticides in conventional crops and make…

Hot-water treatment works against chilling injury symptoms in fresh tomatoes

Reducing the negative effects of chilling injury (CI) in tomatoes after harvest is fundamental to ensure good quality and to minimize losses. CI is a postharvest disorder…

Second in series of ToBRFV diagnosic suites

New RNA-based diagnostic suite launched

Agdia, Inc. has added another test kit to their Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) diagnostic suite. AmplifyRP® XRT for ToBRFV is the second of three ToBRFV diagnostic assays to be launched by Agdia in the first half of 2021. Their high-specificity ELISA assay for ToBRFV was released on January 7.…

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Possible resilience to pests in eggplant (Solanum melongena L.)

New study on LED lighting strategies in eggplants

Over the last decade, LED lighting has gained considerable interest as an energy-efficient supplemental light source in greenhouse horticulture that can change rapidly in intensity and spectral composition. Spectral composition not only affects crop physiology but may also affect the biology of…

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Agriscience company begins construction on new centre in France

Corteva Agriscience has started construction on a new Center of Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT), a new agriscience centre in Aussonne, France. Expected to be operational in the first half of next year, the new centre will help European farmers in getting their crops yield improved harvest. Touted to be…

"Al the countries depend on other countries to maintain their agriculture"

Worldwide session on protecting and harnessing the earth’s biodiversity

Protecting and harnessing the earth’s biodiversity is more critical than ever to tackle urgent issues like climate change and hunger. The GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health brought together over 5,000 attendees from 120 countries to discuss just that. Though rarely at the top of…

Guide reviews management options for cucurbit pests

Study on striped cucumber beetles

The sister species striped cucumber beetle (Acalymma vittatum) and western striped cucumber beetle (Acalymma trivittatum) are key pests on crops in the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes squashes, gourds, cucumbers, and melons. The beetles live mostly in the US, Canada and Mexico. Damage can kill…

Projar

"In winter, hydroponic irrigation must be adjusted to avoid problems caused by excess water"

In winter, low temperatures, high humidity and a lack of light can lead to the appearance of pathogenic fungi or to problems caused by the degradation of the plants' root system, mainly due to inadequate irrigation. Although the meteorological conditions that affect the crop are not the same in summer as…

extra opportunity to check plants on pests

Transplanting provides ideal scouting opportunity

Although your plants may have been checked for pests and even treated with pesticides during propagation, there may still be one or two unwanted visitors when they arrive on site. Transplanting provides a good opportunity to check each plant individually, as it is placed in its growing position, and take…

New research about cover crop residue management presented

Effective use of mineralized nitrogen in greenhouse tomato production researched

Adequate residue management may enhance the benefits of cover crops on greenhouse tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) productivity, soil N pool, N cycling, and environmental quality, a new presented research says.  Regardless of management, cover crops may maintain or increase soil N storage at 10 cm depth compared…

New diagnostic suite for ToBRFV launched

Agdia has announced full commercialization of their new ELISA Reagent Set for the detection of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). This ELISA is the first in a suite of three ToBRFV diagnostic assays to be launched by Agdia in the first half of 2021. The standard reagent set format is available to…

Funds will support genomics research for $3 billion crop

Seed industry grants $5 million for research into downy mildew on lettuce

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes losses in the $3 billion industry each year. The Foundation of Food and Agriculture Research, or FFAR, awarded Richard Michelmore, professor and director of the UC Davis Genome Center,…

BioPersi+ addition to the Biobee arsenal

New rearing method allows for better production predatory mite

Going against all odds the scientific literature and decades of practical recorded experience, a BioBee Sde Eliyahu R&D team, headed by R&D Entomologists Arnon Tabic and Tom Katz developed a new technology for the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis. P. persimilis is a remarkably effective predator…

MSU Horticulture faculty members ranked in top 2% of their field

In 2019, data was collected to identify the top 100,000 scientists worldwide based upon their published research (Ioannidis et al., \ 2019). This publicly available dataset standardized metrics that define impact of their scientific work. The data was updated in 2020 (Ioannidis et al., 2020) and has two…

Two pot basils resistant to downy-mildew developed

After years of research and development, and close cooperation with Genesis Seeds and Bar Illan University, company Fenix has brought into the market the world’s first two downy-mildew resistant hybrids specifically designed for pots production: BASILIO F1 and GERVASO F1 (from the Prospera® genetic…

Medicine to battle Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus now submitted

Canada: New anti-virus product moved into the registration phase

A&L Biological Inc., a subsidiary of A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., announced their first two products have now moved into the registration phase of development for the Canadian agricultural market. A&L Biological has an established R&D platform for the discovery and development for bio-control and…

TomaTech breeders

ToBRFV resistant varieties available for planting season

TomaTech announces the launch of its range of commercial Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) resistant varieties, available immediately for this coming season.   Intermediate resistance to ToBRFV (symptomless) vs non-resistant (displays symptoms) High Tech leads the wayOver the last 3 years, the TomaTech R&D…

rapid response to new virus detected

New Zealand: ToBRFV detected in small seed lot

Early detection of a virus new to New Zealand – the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) – in a small seed lot has allowed quick action to be taken to contain and prevent any spread of the virus. All the seeds and resulting plants have been destroyed. In early December, industry alerted Biosecurity…

The United States simplifies the entry of cucurbits from Panama

The National Director of Plant Health of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Olegh Aguilar, stated that the United States had eased the requirements for the entry of…

Support to cucumber crop resistance possible?

Is crop resistance to powdery mildew possible? This question is what drove the Dutch research facility, Botany, to set up a trial. Cindro Agro Consultancy requested this experiment. Three treatments with bio-stimulants were tested. Yield lossesIn cucumbers, the Podosphaera fusca fungus causes powdery mildew.…

Rapid response to ToBRFV virus in New Zealand

In New Zealand, the early detection of an imported virus – the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) – in a small seed lot has allowed steps to be taken to contain and…

Five simple control methods to ensure effective Mealybug management Scarab Solutions

"Early intervention is key to avoid a costly infestation"

Mealybugs pose a serious threat to growers in warmer climates as they can significantly reduce the productivity and yield of greenhouse crops. But lessons-learnt from…

Improved Macrolophus-System packaging delivers host of grower benefits

As part of its continuous product improvement programme, Biobest has redesigned the packaging for its popular Macrolophus-System, which is widely deployed against a number of pests such as whitefly and Tuta absoluta. The plastic bottle containing vermiculite carrier has been replaced with a sustainable…

Powerful ultrasonic anti-virus method ready for use

When it comes to cultivation, viruses are nothing new. Two years ago, the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) broke out in the Dutch greenhouse horticultural sector.…

Agriplast

Reducing losses with an antivirus cover for greenhouses and tunnels

As antivirus plastic films, Solaris and Virolux from Agriplast make the difference when it comes to income, guaranteeing high yields.  Producers fear plant diseases, and the New Delhi virus is definitely one of the most common. It is a disease that compromised the cultivation of open-field zucchini in many…

How green is my fertiliser?

An Indo-Australian collaborative effort is using nano-biotechnology to make fertilisers that improve crop yields, while reducing carbon footprints On an average, a farmer in India has to use about 100 kg of various conventional fertilisers to grow 1 acre of paddy. While some part of the fertiliser is absorbed by the plants, the…

Overcoming the pollination gamble with science

Being involved in numerous Technology Implementation Projects in many companies, I realized that the individual pollen supply chains for a given crop are often fairly similar, and that the main challenges the production researchers are tackling are common too. With my posts I try to condense my…

Koppert Biological Systems and CABI present a new webinar series on plant health

International webinar to mark Year of Plant Health

To mark the Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems, in cooperation with CABI, has organized a webinar series that highlights the importance of plant health and how it connects to human health. Inspiring keynote speakers will shine their light on various aspects of plant health and human health…

BCPC

BCPC online UK pesticide guide launches new features

BCPC’s Julian Westaway said, “Having access to the latest pesticide information is vital for all those involved in their use and application. The UK Pesticide Guide, in both its online and print version, is the one-stop database for all pesticide products approved in the UK, including the latest active…

Tephrosia vogelii essential oil against Cerosipha forbesi in strawberry crop

Botanical insecticides based on oils and plant extracts have proven to be an efficient alternative method for pest control, as required by agroecological systems. Tephrosia vogelii has been used in agriculture as a source of green manure and in the control of pests and diseases. There are few studies…

PMA comments on EPA proposed rule on exemptions of Plant Incorporated Protectants

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposed Rule for Pesticides; Exemptions of Certain Plant…

Tips on managing disease in your hydroponic system

Fortunately and unfortunately there are so many ways to manage pathogens in a hydroponic nutrient solution. Having options is great but these options can be difficult to navigate for new growers. Hopefully this overview comparing three popular management styles makes it easier to understand the tradeoffs…

UGA research looks for crop blossom-end rot answers

Home gardeners and commercial farmers alike can attest to the disappointment of seeing a beautiful tomato ripening on a vine, only to discover that the fruit has dark, sunken pits at the blossom end of the fruit. Called blossom-end rot (BER), this physiological disorder is prevalent in fruit and…

Scientists deploy wasps to control Tuta Absoluta in Africa

Scientists at the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) have turned to wasps to fight Tuta absoluta, a highly destructive tomato pest…

Biocaptur S50 lures insects into trap

Combatting Tuta Absoluta with LED technology

LED lights are being used more and more in the horticultural industry, most often as grow lights. Yet now the Spanish company ATG Ingeniería has launched a tool in what LED lights are being used as crop protection. "Biocaptur S50 is the first biological control device against Tuta Absoluta," they say…

New developments improve IPM in polytunnels for UK growers

Two new products from Koppert will make Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programmes for strawberries grown under polythene tunnels more robust. The products are a new release license for Swirski Mite®, and the Natutec Drive® application system. In particular these developments centre around thrips…

UF/IFAS findings show less need for pesticide to control strawberry pest

It’s harvest season for Florida’s $300 million-per-year strawberry season, so those who grow this fruit need help to control pests such as the tiny (up to 2-millimeters long), destructive chilli thrips. Farmers often use pesticides to control thrips, but they’d like to minimize those chemicals, and…

Dr Jorunn Bos awarded EU Consolidator Grant for crop protection research

Dr Jorunn Bos, a principal investigator in the Division of Plant Sciences of the University of Dundee at the James Hutton Institute, has been awarded a prestigious European…

India: Management of aphid and whitefly on capsicum under protected cultivation

The peach aphid, Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and silver leaf whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) are the major pests of capsicum under protected cultivation. The entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) are environmentally safe than the chemical pesticides. In a new study, different EPF…

‘Insect Atlas 2020’ report Altinosmanaj

Declining insect numbers are hurting food production

Kenyan researchers and entomologists have called for the introduction of stringent regulations on the use of pesticide to protect insect species that are crucial for food…

New compounds kill bacteria attacking rice, kiwi and citrus Irochka

Plant-inspired alkaloids protect produce from harmful bacteria

Just like humans, plants can get bacterial infections. These infections can negatively affect yield and quality of fruits and trees. Although some compounds have been…

Expected to launch in 2022

Biological pesticides with better efficacy and higher consistency

BioConsortia, Inc. was started in 2014 and has been working on the development of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and yield improvement since then. “It is our goal to develop a new generation of better products,” says Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO with the company. “Our microbial…

Predafeed boosts predators

As of today an energizing supplementary feed for the Koppert predatory mites is available in a handy 0.9 liter cardboard cylinder. Extensive trials carried out with Predafeed in Spain and the Netherlands, prove that this ‘snack’ can boost predatory mites to the extent that populations are increased by more than three times…

Pathogen control for proactive growers

Contained environments lock out many threats by protecting plants from predators and extreme weather like snow, hurricane winds or scorching heat. Unfortunately, sometimes the smaller the pest the bigger the problem. Consistent issues persist in contained environments caused by fungi, bacteria and human…

Kemin Crop Technologies hires Michael Hull as Technical Services Manager

Kemin Industries has hired Michael Hull, formerly of Mycorrhizal Applications, as Technical Services Manager for Kemin Crop Technologies, the business unit focused on providing crop protection and crop health solutions for commercial specialty crops. Effective immediately, Hull will take on his new role within…

US (LA): Berry farmers across the area cover crops to protect from cold

Temperatures are already starting to plummet across the Northshore and are expected to dip into the 20s tonight. For many, it’s time to protect pipes, people and vegetation. For others, it’s time to protect their livelihood.After a long hot summer, a cool clear afternoon in Springfield is a sign of…

Biobest acquires ownership of Beneficial Insectary

Biobest Group NV – through its subsidiary Biobest USA, Inc. - has acquired all shares in Beneficial Insectary from the company’s owner Ms. Sinthya Penn. Sinthya Penn acquired…

Pakistan: Using Chrysopa to control whitefly on tomato plants

Researchers of the Sindh Agriculture University have completed a paper on the use of chrysoperla carnea larvae to control whitefly on tomato plants in greenhouses.  "In the last…

UCSD

Researchers reveal switch used in plant defense against animal attack

For decades, scientists have known that plants protect themselves from the devastation of hungry caterpillars and other plant-munching animals through sophisticated response systems, the product of millions of years of evolution. The biological mechanisms underlying this attack-counter defense paradigm…

Five Tips on Pesticides, Water Quality, and $$$

How water quality affects pesticide efficacy, the bottom line

Water quality expert Dr. Sarah White, Professor and Nursery Extension Specialist from Clemson University, describes how water quality affects pesticide efficacy and the bottom line in this new YouTube video. Do you know how the pH of water in your spray tank affects the effectiveness of pesticides? How…

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to…

What's the effect of using disinfectants on cultivation gutters?

The time of crop rotation has come. A busy period in which the old crop has to make room for the new crop. To protect the new crop in the best possible way, everything is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Especially the greenhouse structure and interior appear not to be able to withstand the…

Pipe rail trolleys in need of cleaning

After a long cultivation season, the pipe rail trolleys are often in need of cleaning. At the end of the year, the trolley platform is likely covered with the plants' green. To make sure the green can easily be removed after the cultivation season, the Frekofix was introduced to the market. Steenks…

AI-powered research

Crop science meets data science as SAS and Boragen partner to protect crops

A partnership between analytics leader SAS and Boragen, Inc., a world-leading boron-based discovery platform company, combines crop science and data science to better protect crops. "With global population growth threatening to outpace food production, SAS and Boragen will pursue breakthrough crop…

CAN (BC): KPU researchers receive NSERC award for biopesticides

A partnership between Kwantlen Polytechnic University researchers and an industry partner has won an innovation award for its work to create natural pesticides to support…

Biobest candidate Herman Van Mellaert elected IBMA President

Herman Van Mellaert - Director of Strategic Alliances at the Biobest Group - has been elected president of the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA).…

Scientists unravel tomato russet mite genome

Scientists have unraveled the complete genome of the tomato russet mite, which is considered one of the smallest animals on our planet and known as a destructive agricultural pest. The genome is the smallest reported to date for an arthropod and offers intriguing new insights into the organization of the…

Fighting aphid and whitefly in Indian greenhouses

The aphids, Myzus persicae (Sulzer) and Aphis gossypii (Glover) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and the whiteflies, Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Westwood) and Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius)…

Agronomy

An analysis based on a bibliometric review

Microorganisms and biological pest control

The use of microorganisms for biological pest control as biological control agents (BCAs) and biopesticides was developed worldwide in the 1960s. Despite the abundance of reviews published on this topic, no meta-analysis using bibliometric tools has been published. The objective of a new study was to…

Parasitic wasp, Aphelinus abdominalis, as an effective antagonist of aphids

Aphids are one of the major pests in field and greenhouse crops. Feeding on plant sap they cause a big damage on the crop. Aphids can also spread different dangerous viral diseases. The aphids such as Macrosiphum euphorbiae, Macrosiphum rosae, Myzus persicae, Aulacorthum solani, Rhodobium porosum,…

Dreamstime

Recommended resources for leafy greens and herbs

With a range of material available, AHDB asked Knowledge Exchange Manager, Grace Choto, to recommend her top resources to help leafy salad and herb growers.  Leafy saladsPest insects infesting lettuce cropsThis manual will help you understand more about pests infesting lettuce crops including aphids, caterpillars…

Jennifer Blom: Global Horticultural INC:

"The fewer I’m selling, the better job I’m doing"

“The fewer beneficial insects that I’m selling, the better job I’m doing since it means that the client’s system is working well,” says Jennifer Blom, a specialist in biological control of insect pests at Global Horticultural. Global Horticultural Inc. is a family-run business established in 1988 in…

AU: Serpentine leafminer detected in Western Sydney

Residents in Western Sydney Region are urged to look out for signs of damage and presence of fly larvae following the detection of Serpentine leafminer in a vegetable crop.…

Spical: The effective weapon against all types of spider mite

Spider mite is the favorite food of the predatory mite in Spical, whose appetite for all species of spider mites means it can be used in many crops. It’s an effective biocontrol solution against the entire ‘spider mite family’! Harmful spider mites come in all sorts of species and sizes. Most spider…

Roland van Gulik, XL Bedrijfskleding:

"The right washing program and detergent guarantee killing of the virus on clothing"

Clothing turns out to play an important role in the spread of various viruses in horticulture. Roland van Gulik: "The priority is still not enough with clothing". With his company XL Bedrijfskleding, he informs growers about the importance of a clean wardrobe. Left Kevin van Gulik, right Roland van Gulik…

Pakistani agri department warns farmers of pest attacks

The Punjab agriculture department has advised tunnel farmers to remain alert against the attack of various insects and continue pest scouting of their crops twice a week. This…

Yields on Florida tomatoes building

Domestic supplies of tomatoes have begun out of Florida and supplies look steady. “We just started about 10 days ago out of central and south Florida. Supplies are pretty normal and the yields are fairly average for fall,” says Bob Spencer of West Coast Tomato LLC in Palmetto, FL. West Coast works…

Tyfu Cymru's Virtual Plant Health Conference 2020

Conference shows importance of plant health in protecting horticulture industry, environment

The Plant Health in Horticulture brought over 100 delegates in the horticulture industry and world class speakers such as Professor Nicola Spence, Pippa Greenwood and Dr. Ana…

Newly reared Aphidius Ervi strain strong tool against aphids

Aphids are one of the most destructive crop pests; for many growers it is truly their worst nightmare. Throughout the years, Aphid control in many crops has been depending on using chemical pesticides with the active ingredient of imidacloprid. Imidacloprid is currently in the process of being phased out…

APS

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain PMB05 aids in resistance against bacterial wilt of tomato

Tomato is an economic crop worldwide. Many limiting factors reduce the production of tomato, with bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum being the most destructive disease. A previous study showed that the disease resistance to bacterial soft rot is enhanced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain…

Sipcam Iberia presents the TIMOREX GOLD® bio-fungicide

New solution to the threat posed by powdery mildew and botrytis due to the rains

Horticultural crops are more than likely going to be affected by the appearance of powdery mildew and botrytis as November's weather started out marked by anticyclonic weather with slightly cloudy skies. The agricultural sector must prevent the appearance of these fungal diseases that can damage crops so…

New edition Insect Pest Management

Originally written in 1991 and updated in 2000, the third edition of this valuable reference book will soon be released. Published by CABI and showing a Koppert photograph on its cover, Insect Pest Management, will be available towards the end of November. Prominent entomologists David Dent and Richard Binks of Koppert…

US: New ToBRFV ELISA test now available for evaluation

Agdia has announced availability of evaluation prototypes for their new Tomato brown rugose fruit virus ELISA, which is slated for full commercialization in December 2020. The ELISA is the first in a suite of three ToBRFV diagnostic assays to be launched by Agdia in the next six months. A…

webinar, November 9

Biological control of hairy root disease on hydroponically grown tomatoes using Pseudomonas

Hairy root disease (HRD) caused by Agrobacterium rhizogenes is a problematic disease leading to substantial losses in marketable yield in hydroponically grown tomatoes…

APS

​​​Short-term moisture removal can eliminate downy mildew of spinach

Downy mildew is the biggest threat to spinach production around the world. While the pathogen has a short life cycle (approximately a week), it can produce millions of spores during the spinach growing season. Overhead sprinkler irrigation systems and dew formation on cool nights lead to more moisture,…

AUSVEG

Australia: The impact of pesticides on beneficial species

A strategic levy investment has been gathering information on the impact of pesticides on insects and mites that play a beneficial role in the Australian vegetable industry. To help improve pest management with minimal and appropriate use of insecticides, user-friendly management guides have been…

Matt Heaton

A molecular roadmap to the plant immune system

The latest advances in our understanding of the plant immune system are mapped out in a new review by John Innes Centre researchers. A molecular roadmap to the plant immune system is a detailed look at immune receptor function at the molecular level – with a focus on cell surface and intracellular immune…

webinar, November 6

Exploring key roles of Fusarium oxysporum non-pathogens associated with tomato cultivation

The Fusarium oxysporum Species Complex (FOSC) comprises a wide diversity of plant pathogenic fungi, causing severe disease in a wide range of economically important crops…

NSHS

US: NSHS announces new ToBRFV testing protocol for tomato and pepper

Testing tomato and pepper seeds for Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) has become an urgent seed industry need because of import requirements in the European Union (EU) and many other countries. On Oct 28, the NSHS Policies and Procedures Board approved a quantitative RT-PCR method for the…

Hort Innovation

Celebrating Australian pollinator week

Pollinators are vital to ensure we get the fruit, vegetables and nuts we love. Honey bees are very important to the Australian horticultural industry and are one of the many pollinators doing the hard work.   Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges the important and unique insect pollinators found in Australia. It…


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