Spraying robot converted into a disinfection machine after mounting an extra reel

With the deployment of a spraying robot, crops can be sprayed fully automatically. The robot does its job and reduces the grower's workload. One of those robots is the Wanjet S55, with a width of 30 cm, it is suitable for many crops, including tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, roses, and gerbera. Eric…

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Strawberry growers globally could benefit from UF/IFAS research into dangerous disease

Strawberry farmers worldwide may get help from new University of Florida research that shows a way to battle one of the fruit’s fiercest foes. The key: combine genomic data with phenomics. The genome amounts to all the DNA in an organism. Phenomics is the study of plant growth, performance, and…

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Sodium valproate is effective against Botrytis cinerea infection of tomato

Botrytis cinerea causes gray mold resulting in enormous financial loss. Fungicide resistance of B. cinerea has become a serious issue in food safety and agricultural and environmental protection. Sodium valproate (SV) has been used in clinical trials; thus, it is an excellent candidate for fungicide…

Resistance to Fusarium Race 4 in Bejo lettuce varieties

On May 5th, 2022, the ISF (International Seed Federation) officially designated a reference isolate and an extended official differential set for Fusarium race 4 (Fol:4). Disease tests with the reference isolate for Fol:4 on the Bejo commercial lettuce assortment showed several commercially available…

Biobest and PATS make data-driven crop protection accessible

Scouting moths with cameras

Thanks to an alliance with technology company PATS, Biobest's extensive portfolio of IPM solutions has gained a scouting tool. From May 16, growers can take advantage of PATS-C, a system that detects real-time flying pests, such as moths, in the greenhouse. This data allows for an earlier and more accurate introduction of…

International events bring the Plant Empowerment principles to growers around the world

A number of live international events are helping growers around the world to learn more about the Plant Empowerment philosophy. The series kicked off with a presentation in Kazakhstan in mid-April. The next stop for the Plant Empowerment roadshow will be Canada in mid-May, followed by two sessions in…

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Spring clean your commercial greenhouse with these 7 tips

During every busy shipping season, you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place. The spring cleaning referred to here encompasses more than just the “cleaning” perspective. It also involves planning ahead and taking care of business concerns, so…

Detecting crop disease in the palm of your hand

Detecting crop disease invisible to the naked eye could soon be a reality for UK farmers, thanks to the development of an innovative handheld imaging device, the Fotenix Echo. The palm-sized device, from diagnostics company Fotenix, uses light across and beyond the visible spectrum to enable the…

Enza Zaden already has a complete portfolio of varieties with high resistance to tomato brown rugose virus

"Only high resistance can stop the spread of ToBRFV"

In 2020, Enza Zaden announced that it had discovered the gene for high resistance to the devastating tomato brown rugose virus. Two years later, the seed company already has a complete portfolio of different types of highly resistant tomato varieties. This was the message that stood out the most at the…

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Greenhouse disease and insect management recommendations for 2022

Michigan State University Extension has updated their insect and disease management recommendations for the 2022 greenhouse season. There only have been a few minor changes from the previous 2021 recommendations. These recommendations are updated yearly to reflect the efficacy of pesticides as MSU…

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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 the formation…

Prevention is key in new blueberry rust research project

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) will build on its current research into blueberry rust in Tasmania with new funding to develop on-farm management strategies. The three-year study, beginning in 2023, will test on-farm strategies for the prevention and control of blueberry rust in Tasmania.…

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Battling broad mite in spring crops

In spring crops, especially Reiger begonias and New Guinea impatiens, Broad Mites can create quite some damage. . Other crops that are commonly affected include torenia, exacum, ipomea and gerbera.   Broad mite are often difficult to detect and control. Read on for tips on monitoring and the latest management strategies…

USDA restricts eight PACA violators

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on eight produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they…

New study shows:

"Plant Variety Rights have a significant positive impact on European Union’s economic growth and environmental sustainability"

A new European study highlighting the impact of the Community Plant Variety Rights system (CPVR) on the EU economy and the environment was presented today in Angers, France, where the Community plant variety Office (CPVO) has its seat. “Impact of the CPVR system on the European Union economy and the…

US (NJ): Bacterial leaf spot and copper resistance in tomato and pepper crops more widespread

Copper resistance in bacterial leaf spot of tomato and pepper crops has been detected and is more widespread than expected. While not surprising, copper resistance has been…

Beneficial nematodes in alginate capsules for combating fungus gnats in greenhouses

The German biotechnology company e-nema GmbH now offers its nemaplus® depot P biological plant protection product on the international market. The formulation has been enhanced, and its application simplified.  e-nema GmbH is active globally in manufacturing nematode insect pathogens for biological plant protection,…

Biobest acquires a 60% stake in Biopartner

Biobest has acquired a 60% stake in Biopartner. This investment builds on a long-standing collaboration in biocontrol and pollination, which began in 1992.  Biopartner was established in 1992 and became the first distributor in Poland for Biobest Group NV. Janusz Piatkowski and Tomasz Domagala initially distributed…

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California invests $3.75 million to fund research into safer, more sustainable pest management

Today, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) awarded $3.75 million to fund 10 research projects that explore Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools for urban, non-agricultural, and agricultural pest management. The 2021-2022 DPR Grants Programs funded by the state budget represent a…

TROPICSAFE achieves significant results to better manage coconut lethal yellowing, grapevine yellows and “huanglongbing”

For five years, the TROPICSAFE project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and coordinated by Prof. Assunta Bertaccini (University of Bologna, Italy), studied three economically important insect-borne prokaryote-associated diseases of perennial crops grown in…

"Green ambitions get stuck in the Brussels red tape"

Complicated registration of organic products top of agenda of new Koppert board

Within eight years the use of chemical crop protection products must be halved. That is one of the pillars of the European Commission's Green Deal. But it is Brussels that stands in the way of achieving this ambitious goal, says the Dutch company Koppert in the Financieele Dagblad. In Berkel en Rodenrijs…

National Plant Biosecurity Strategy released by Plant Health Australia

The 2021-2031 National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) released today by Plant Health Australia (PHA) provides a framework to strengthen Australia’s plant biosecurity system…

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A novel spray-based plant modification

Improving the quality and productivity of crops by modifying their original properties to increase resistance to pests and extreme weather has been going on for ages. Recently, however, a team from RIKEN and Kyoto University has become the first in the world to efficiently control the proteins that…

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UK: Plant importers needed to test new Inland Border Facility

Defra is looking for volunteers who import high-priority plants or plant products to take part in a ‘soft launch’ of Sevington, the new Inland Border Facility. Based in the South East, the new site is designed to enable effective inspections of plants and plant products to support trade flow while…

Pest counts and action thresholds in the greenhouse

There are essentially three options available when scouting your greenhouse crops for insect/mite pests. 1- No scouting performed with pesticides being applied on a calendar timetable. 2- Simply scouting for pest existence with crop protection applied when presence is observed. 3- Scouting crops and…

UF/IFAS scientists record first case of harmful bacteria in ubiquitous weed throughout U.S.

Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have recorded the first North American case of a harmful phytoplasma disease known for its threat to fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops in South America and the Middle East. To make matters worse, scientists…

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Adhesive solution for trees against ants, cotonet and aphids in organic cultivation

The Pegafit adhesive solution for trees, marketed by Koppert, has been certified for use in organic horticulture. The certification was issued by CAAE, a Spanish certification body, which verified that Pegafit meets the European standards (Regulation (EU) 2018/848) for its application in organic…

Stenomesius japonicus: a new parasitoid of Tuta absoluta in Syria

The tomato leaf-miner, Tuta absoluta is a Neotropical pest of cultivated and wild plants with a high preference for Solanaceae,  especially tomato. This pest also attacks other cultivated plants including potato, eggplant, sweet pepper, tobacco, bean, and cape gooseberry.  Stenomesius japonicus was collected for…

Finish more leafy crops by using nursery channels or rafts

How many of you could use more space in order to produce and sell more product? Undertaking a greenhouse expansion is not trivial and is a significant capital investment. Instead of expanding the growing space, lettuce, leafy green, and culinary herb producers can look to altering their planting schedule…

Controlling fungal diseases in herb production

The herbal trend is unbroken. Whether as potted goods for the fresh kitchen, as part of the indoor herb garden, or as a special feature in the balcony box. Promote growth and aromaThe amount of potted herbs and freshly cut herbs produced in Germany is constantly increasing, as is the interest in buying…

MSU guidebook directs insect control for profit

“We try to be on top of the situation by scouting and looking for the insects"

Tucker Miller has a list of row crop producers who depend on him to manage insects in their fields, and every year brings a different pest challenge that threatens crop profitability. Miller, an independent crop consultant with Miller Entomological Service in Drew, Mississippi, said there is always…

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Sniffing out greenhouse pests

“Our growers are eager to use and integrate more data into their decision-making, but traditional sensors have often been a struggle – they can be high cost and greenhouses are not always the best environments for electronics,” explains OGVG Innovation, Adaptation & Plant Protection Lead Niki Bennett. The solution could lie…

Carmazzi of Viareggio relies on the use of beneficial insects for their peppers

The monitoring of harmful insects has become more and more difficult, while customers are asking for productions with reduced residues of chemicals. The Italian company Carmazzi of Viareggio has decided to bet on the use of beneficial insects on edible flowers, hot peppers and traditional flowers. The…

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US: Finding a pest to kill a pest

Bagrada hilaris, commonly known as the bagrada bug or the painted bug, is an invasive species known for its distinctive orange and white markings and also for its ferocious appetite. These creatures feast on vegetable crops in the cabbage family (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.), weedy…

Combining methods to better managing pests

Just as elsewhere in nature, agricultural pests often find a way to overcome the obstacles laid in front of them. From rodents and insects to weeds and microorganisms that bring disease, pests can evolve to withstand the methods we’ve developed to control their spread and impact. The use of chemicals might become less…

new 100% recyclable insulation box

A cool green box for clean crops

Geert Geboers started his job at Biobest as Process Improvement Specialist Packing & Packaging two years ago. At that time, Belgium was in full lockdown and most people were teleworking. Being new at the job, homeworking was not yet an option for Geert, so he decided to participate in production. ‘A fortunate advantage’, he…

Tomato leaf miner pest is bashing Zimbabwean farmers

Farmers at Ndibe village in Ward 18 of the Gwanda rural district have lost their entire tomato crop to the pest-commonly known as tomato leaf miner. Loveness Ndlovu, leader of…

Improving multi-resistance of solanaceae crops to stresses

Abiotic and biotic stresses severely damage the production and quality of Solanaceae vegetable crops in Taiwan. This project aims to enhance the production and quality of Solanaceae crops in Taiwan, and to strengthen the interaction and cooperation between WorldVeg and COA (Taiwan Council of…

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single Fall Armyworm egg mass was found in Tauranga

NZ: Keeping vigilant of pests to protect the industry

Everyone, including growers, staff and public, have an important part to play in protecting New Zealand’s horticulture industry from unwanted pests and diseases. Last week a single Fall Armyworm egg mass was found in Tauranga. Early detection of invasive pests like Fall Armyworm are crucial to limiting…

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USDA asks people to look for invasive pests to protect plants in April

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared April 2022 Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month (IPPDAM). This national outreach month is dedicated to highlighting the impact invasive plant pests and diseases have on plant health nationwide and educates Americans about the…

USDA's plant health inspection service celebrates 50 years

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is celebrating a major milestone – 50 years of serving the public as a Federal agency. USDA created APHIS on April 2, 1972 to consolidate animal health, plant health, and inspection duties under one…

Take preventative action with challenging cucumber pests

Cucumber growers know spring is the key time for thrips and whiteflies to start developing in crops. Biobest IPM & Pollination Specialist – Pascal Briand – explains why a preventative control strategy is best and how to achieve it. Problem pestsAs temperature rise in spring, whitefly populations can…

Integrated pest management options for the western flower thrips in lettuce

The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) is one of the major pests of lettuce in California.  It has a wide host range including several vegetable, ornamental, and other cultivated or wild plants.  Native to North America, the western flower thrips is also known…

Australia: horticulture growers take action to contain disease detection

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working with horticulture growers to contain the spread of the serious disease Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd), following confirmation of two recent detections. PSTVd was confirmed in samples from tomato and capsicum crops from…

New pepper virus found on calibrachoas

There is a new virus to be worried about: chili pepper mild mottle virus (CPMMoV). CPMMoV has been found on calibrachoas this season. Symptoms on calibrachoa include mild or bright yellow mottling (irregular yellow areas bordered by green tissue), flower break (irregular flower color patterns), necrotic…

Syngenta Group reports 2021 performance, growing 23%

Syngenta Group today announced full year and fourth quarter 2021 results. Sales for full year 2021 grew 23 percent ($5.2 billion) year-on-year to $28.2 billion. EBITDA for…

Recognizing and preventing viral diseases in greenhouses

Plant viruses are serious pests of ornamental and edible crops alike and cause significant losses for greenhouse producers. Once infected, a plant will remain infected with the viral disease throughout its lifespan – and may pass the virus along to progeny. There are no chemical or biological products…

New version of smarter scouting IPM software platform launched

IPM Scoutek has released version 2.0 of its smarter scouting IPM software platform. The platform manages pest flare-ups and lower economic injury with real-time data and automated reports.  "The platform now includes powerful features like action thresholds, heat-maps showing pest/disease movement, better actionable…

Protect raspberry plants preventively against spider mite

When raspberry plants emerge from winter dormancy, two spotted spider mites often quickly start appearing on the crop. Where crops are grown in plastic tunnels, Biobest advisor Gaby van Kemenade says now is the time to take action - with preventative introductions of Biobest’s…

Mitsui & Co announces the creation of new company, Certis Belchim

Mitsui and Co. has completed a definitive agreement to form a new company from the merger of its European subsidiary Certis Europe with its recent acquisition Belchim Crop…

The Region of Murcia lays down compulsory phytosanitary measures to combat tomato virus

The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and the Environment of the Region of Murcia has declared in an order published last Thursday, March 17 in the BORM…

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Silencing horizontally transferred genes for the control of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci

Intracellular symbiosis impacts many aspects of insect biology, and disruption of these symbioses is a novel insect-pest-control strategy. Horizontally transferred genes (HTGs) are critical for insect-intracellular symbiont association, representing candidate molecular targets for symbiosis disruption.…

Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer visit to Fiji strengthens Pacific plant biosecurity

Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith accompanied by Dr Sophie Peterson, Director for Pacific Engagement and International Plant Health, are…

Alliance between College of Ag Sciences, University of Pretoria yields benefits

Developing solutions to address threats to plant health is the centerpiece of a partnership between Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. “Penn State and the University of Pretoria both are working at world-class levels, so working together is…

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Root disease management in hydroponic systems

While visiting a deep-water hydroponic producer of lettuce and other leafy greens, I was asked a lot of questions concerning Pythium root disease management within their pond system, writes Jean Williams-Woodward in the March e-gro edition. The grower was not having any Pythium problems at that time, but…

Aphid Myzus persicae difficult to control in sweet pepper

This growing season, pepper growers have been bothered by the peach aphid in their crops very early on. Several samples of the aphids have been received by Biobest, Koppert…

COEXPHAL continues to promote the use of auxiliary insects in spring crops

Almeria is Spain's main fruit and vegetable exporting province and biological control is already implemented in 80.6% of its greenhouse area, i.e. 26,035 hectares according to…

New integrated pest management resources available from Hutton soft fruit research

Arthropod pests are estimated to destroy up to 20% of annual crop production worldwide. In recent years, key pesticides used in soft fruit production have been withdrawn, leaving crops vulnerable to attack. Researchers have been developing alternative measures to reduce pest abundance and damage such as…

Understanding how plant diseases do their damage

An international team of scientists has used neutron reflectometry techniques to understand how disease-causing pathogens damage the cell membranes of plants. It is hoped the work, carried out at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, will lead to new ways to…

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No broad sampling of leafy greens in the Salinas valley in 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will not conduct a broad sampling of leafy greens grown in the Salinas Valley region of California for the 2022 growing season. The decision was made based on data from Western Growers, the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, and the California Department of…

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Something different: leafhoppers in the greenhouse

Reports of leafhopper pests in greenhouses have been rare; outdoors, however, on some herbaceous and woody ornamentals potato leafhopper is a common pest causing ‘hopperburn’ and last year several samples were submitted to the Diagnostic Lab with aster yellows, caused by a phytoplasma vectored by aster…

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US: Grower alert, don’t let spotted lanternfly impact spring shipping

The spring shipping season is upon us, and Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) should be one of your top concerns. You are probably well aware of the shipping disruptions that could occur if any life stage of Spotted Lanternfly is found on outbound deliveries from NJ growers. No doubt many of you heeded the NJ…

Spotted lanternfly resources for Californians and others

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive pest in the United States that was first detected in 2014 in Pennsylvania.  It is a pest of numerous cultivated and wild hosts.  It can cause serious damage to apples, grapes, stone fruit, landscape trees, and others and can be a nuisance pest in urban areas.…

Introducing MeloCon LC,

New bionematicide targets all stages of nematode development

MeloCon LC contains active spores of a naturally occurring, soil-dwelling fungus that parasitizes all life stages of nematodes,” explains Chris Judd, Global Vice-President of…

Netherlands: Temporary allowance for disinfection product on trucks in fight against ToBRFV taken to court

A German producer and Dutch distributor of a disinfectant have gone to a Dutch court to challenge a temporary allowance of a biocide in the fight against ToBRFV on trucks.…

NZ: Ecolibrium Biologicals receives EPA registration for horticulture pest control

Ecolibrium Biologicals has received EPA registration for Lateral approval code HSR101524 in New Zealand, the first registration of a Brevibacillus laterosporus globally for control of lepidopteran pests. Lateral WDG is a biopesticide containing the active ingredient Brevibacillus laterosporus strain…

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Control of early blight fungus in tomato by boric and phenylboronic acid

Finding a suitable alternative to the small pool of existing antifungal agents is a vital task in contemporary agriculture. Therefore, intensive research has been conducted globally to uncover environmentally friendly and efficient agents that can suppress pathogens resistant to the currently used…

Forecasting and controlling the European tarnished plant bug

The European tarnished plant bug, Lygus rugulipennis, is one of the pests that is extremely difficult to control in greenhouse horticulture. Much damage has been reported in chrysanthemums in recent years, but the pest can also cause a lot of damage in vegetable crops such as cucumber and aubergine. The…

UK government grants use of bee-killing pesticides

Barnaby Coupe, Land Use Policy Manager at The Wildlife Trusts, makes no bones about it: “Without bees, we would be unable to produce much of the food we take for granted. From…

AgSafe supports B.C. farmers’ mental well-being

AgSafe is making the mental health and well-being of farmers, ranchers, and growers in British Columbia a top health and safety priority. AgSafe is the workplace health and safety association for B.C.’s agriculture industry. Recent funding support from United Way Fraser Valley and B.C. Ministry of…

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Flemish growers with ToBRFV infection await test results of new plantings

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) continues to spread. The Netherlands recently reported that there now are 38 infected companies. Belgium, according to information…

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US (AR): State leads fight against pathogens in greenhouses, hydroponics

Even in the most controlled of environments, some things are just going to be out of growers’ control. Researchers at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station are working to understand those variables, including soilborne pathogens and other disease factors that attack plants, to give farmers,…

Australia approves BASF's spider mite control solution

On 31 January, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) approved the new registration of BASF’s Danisaraba Miticide (Cyflumetofen) Group 25A for the control of two-spotted spider mites and other damaging, web-spinning species in Australia. This novel miticide will provide a…


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