Crop Protection

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…

"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…

Wageningen helps China to develop biological control in greenhouses

Entomologists of the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture from Wageningen University & Research will in the coming 4 years work on the development of biological pest control in greenhouse vegetables in the Jiangsu province in China. A new project started in October this year with a project meeting to keynote…

US: Novel IRAC mode of action for bioinsecticide

The Insect Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) has approved a novel “nerve and muscular” mode-of-action code for Vestaron's SPEAR bioinsecticide. “As of today, there are only thirteen nerve…

European biocontrol industry proposes new EU regulatory framework

The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) recently published its vision on how to improve regulation for the biocontrol industry in a White Paper that it…

Managing diseases of organic tomatoes in greenhouses and high tunnels

Production of tomatoes in greenhouses and high tunnels has increased in popularity significantly in the last decade. Both provide the option of off-season production and expansion of markets over traditional outdoor field systems. While greenhouse tomato culture tends to be very high-tech and…

UK: ‘Bee-lief’ in wildflowers’ value to courgette pollination

An AHDB funded PhD has revealed the value of pollination services to courgettes, finding that wildflower field margins can improve bee species’ work, while aiding their conservation. The study discovered that with pollinator insects like honey bees and buff-tailed bumblebees present, crop yields were 39 per cent…

Philippines: Biofungicide for tomato and eggplant project set in motion

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) recently organized an inception meeting for the project titled, “Development of biofungicide for control of Alternaria solani and other fungal…

UK: AlphaBio Control win Key Green Award

Cambridge headquartered agri biotech innovators AlphaBio Control have been presented with a prestigious Silver Award for Environmental Best Practice at The Green Organisation’s Green Apple Awards 2018. The ceremony was held at the Houses of Parliament and was hosted by Liz Kendall MP. Founded by Iain Fleming and Alfeo Vecchi, Alphabio…

Poland: Better protection for plants

In early November, Interface & Performance held a Break-Thru workshop in Krakow (Poland) where the business line informed local pesticide manufacturers how Evonik additives make plant protection product formulations more effective. Ten Polish plant protection product manufacturers took advantage of this opportunity,…

Following Swirski, Spical sachet also gets upgrade

With the release of Swirski Ulti-Mite, Koppert placed an update of the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii on the market. The company is now doing the same for Neoseiulus californicus. Growers of various crops warmly welcomed Spical Ulti-Mite, providing a more robust control of spider mite in vegetable,…

Late blight of tomato and potato

The late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, is an important and destructive pathogen on potato and tomato. It also has historical significance as the cause of the Irish potato famine during the 1840s. Wet, cool environmental conditions, such as those prevalent, during the 1840s in Ireland favor development of late blight.…

US honeybees at risk from Zika pesticides

Recent research suggests that up to 13 percent of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus. The Zika virus, that can cause severe brain defects in unborn children, is spread by mosquitoes, so the insects are being targeted in the southern US where Zika-carrying…

Short film highlights environmentally friendly pesticide

As part of a wider project sponsored by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in partnership with ITN Productions, Certis Europe has collaborated with ITN Productions to produce a short film featuring Eradicoat and the contribution it can make to sustainable food production as part of integrated pest…

"CGMMV is very stable and can survive for long periods"

Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) is the 'pest of the month' at Your Levy at Work. The symptoms found on an infected plant will vary with the genus, species, cultivars and growth stages of the plant, and the strain of the virus. In cucurbits, symptoms described range from light yellow green spots, vein clearing and crumpling…

UK: Managing spider mites on cherry

Spider mites have become a major problem in some tunnel-grown cherry crops.  A new AHDB guide describes how best to manage spider mites in protected cherry, taking account of the conflicting measures which can be necessary to control other pests.  It will help growers to identify the mite pests found in cherry and the damage that they…

US: Growers report good results with new bioinsecticide

In July, Vestaron launched its first product, Spear-T. Spear-T controls all four major greenhouse pests, thrips, whiteflies, aphids AND two-spotted spider mites, as efficiently as synthetic pesticides, with the safety and sustainability of biologicals. Spear-T has a safety profile towards beneficial…

Jordanian delegation visits Koppert

A trade delegation from Jordan visited Koppert Biological Systems at its headquarters in the Netherlands last week. The delegation was led by the Jordan Minister of…

Tomato bacterial speck reported in Tunisia

In spring 2016, severe spots were observed on nearly all tomato plants cvs. Amal, Kaouther and Malinche grown in several greenhouses in the region of Teboulba, on the eastern coast of Tunisia. Affected plants presented 1 to 5 mm, angular, necrotic spots surrounded by a yellow halo on young and older…

Australia: White Paper investment strengthens plant pest and disease surveillance

From human tampering in the supply chain to an increasing global spread of plant pests and diseases, growers face a multitude of risks when it comes to protecting the health of their farm business. Fortunately help is at hand, with the Australian Government investing $200 million into improving biosecurity surveillance and…

Marrone Bio Innovations announces distribution partnership in Turkey

Marrone Bio Innovations has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Agricultural Materials Company, a supplier of agricultural inputs in Turkey. AMC-TR was established in Turkey…

Pesticide Selection Tools available at Dutch Vegetable Sector Support Myanmar

The application Pesticide Selection Tools (PST) is now available online on the official website of the Dutch Vegetable Sector Support Myanmar, aiming to better inform and support the farmers and sector professionals. The Dutch Vegetable Sector Support Myanmar works closely with the Ministry of…

New Zealand: New residue compliance information booklet

A TomatoesNZ “New Zealand residue compliance information for fresh greenhouse tomatoes 2018-19” booklet has been posted to members in early November. This replaces the previous two-sided A3 “residue compliance information” poster that has been produced for the last two years. Growers are recommended to…

The Hymenoptera Anastatus bifasciatus

Italy: The Asian bug's nemesis has been found

Bioplanet has identified an insect capable of parasitizing the Asian bug. It is not an exotic antagonist, but it is already available in Italy. Therefore, it does not need to go through the whole process of introducing new bug species. Anastatus bifasciatus on the Asian bug's eggs Stefano Foschi is a technician at Bioplanet, “The insect…

November 26-30, Leamington

IPM Mastery – Education for Biological control

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is one of the most important factors in crop success and has changed drastically over the years. Greenhouse growers the world over are changing their ways; chemicals are being used less and less, and biological controls are being used more. A step in the right direction,…

The end of the stink bug invasion?

CABI scientists make first discovery of Asian samurai wasp Trissolcus japonicus in Europe

CABI scientists have made the first discovery of the Asian samurai wasp Trissolcus japonicus – a natural enemy that kills the eggs of the the invasive fruit and nut pest brown…

UK: Veg growers get new insect control option

Approval for the new Syngenta insecticide, Minecto One, now gives vegetable growers an alternative option for control of a range of insect pests in key crops, ready for next season. The development of Minecto One delivers control of chewing pests with added incidental control of sucking pests. It is approved for use…

New sachet improves spider mite control

Following the success of a newly patented packaging concept by Koppert Biological Systems, Spical Ulti-Mite will soon be available in a high-tech foil sachet that ensures…

CAN (NS): Unwanted agricultural pesticides collected at no charge

Sometimes the business of farming results in leftover, unwanted agricultural pesticides or outdated equine/livestock medications. And sometimes disposing of these materials safely is difficult. But for farmers living in or near many Nova Scotian communities, they can take them to special collection…

Bee Vectoring Technologies and Biobest enter into cross-licensing agreement

Bee Vectoring Technologies and Biobest announced a global technology sharing agreement which provides reciprocal access to certain patents of each company. The agreement enables both companies to accelerate efforts to bring best in class bee vectoring solutions to growers worldwide and ensuring leading…

US (OH): Growers learn about IPM at tomato facility

A crowd of nearly 50 attended the 2018 Plant Products’ Grower Meeting in Toledo. Presentations on scouting and pest identification as well as a grower’s experience in a IPM program were presented along with an introduction to the MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) program and some product-specific…

US: Organic crop protection product treats wide range of pests

Eco-1 Garden Spray is now available in an all new 2 ½ gallon size, in addition to a 32 fl. oz. ready-to-use, and a 32 fl. oz. and an 8 fl. oz. concentrate. According to Kristin Nikodemski, Horticulture Marketing Manager at ​Arborjet, ​“Eco-1 Garden Spray is an excellent solution for treating a wide range…

Distribution of bumblebees across Europe

Scientists have mapped the distribution of bumblebees in Europe and created a predictive map that can be used to monitor and mitigate bumblebee decline. The recent decline in plant and crop pollination represents a threat to ecosystems and agriculture. The predictive map created by scientists from the JRC and Status…

Gowan USA introduces EcoSwing

US: Commercial launch of new botanical fungicide

Gowan USA announces the commercial launch of EcoSwing, an innovative botanical fungicide. EcoSwing is a liquid botanical fungicide based on the extract of Swinglea glutinosa,…

Reverse innovation brings new intelligence to food chain pest management

CABI has launched PestSmart Diagnostics in Europe and North America, the first in a series of new e-learning courses based on training developed for the award-winning Plantwise agricultural programme aimed at farmers in developing countries. PestSmart promises to benefit the way businesses in the food…

No export ban on Egyptian tomatoes

We recently reported that Egyptian tomato exports had been shut down due to virus problems. This is not the case and turned out to be a translation error. What is going on? Due to the…

Canadian Plant Health Council launched

Collaboration between Canadian governments, industry, academia and other partners in plant health is essential to protect our resources from new and emerging risks, drive innovation and ensure that Canadian industry remains competitive and sustainable. Plant health partners in Canada are pleased to announce the establishment…

Serenade ASO granted registration for the first time

French growers get new option for biological crop protection

Serenade ASO fungicide/bactericide is a biological crop protection product designed to protect against the effects of soil and foliar bacterial and fungal diseases. In soil uses, it is applied at planting or through chemigation. Serenade ASO builds a disease-protection zone around the roots of the seed…

Tomatoes NZ agroecology projects hoping to reduce the need for pest-reducing chemicals

A small New Zealand produce farm, is making some exciting progress with an agroecology project that will reduce the need for chemicals on tomato farms. The Curious Croppers mainly produce tomatoes on a small scale but are working on a project that they have dubbed the NZ Agroecology Initiative. Anthony Tringham and his wife Angela have been allowing…

New Zealand: Tomato grower goes on bug scouting expedition

Tomato grower and TomatoesNZ board member, Anthony Tringham, along with his wife Angela from Curious Croppers in Clevedon, recently hosted Professor Steve Wratten and PhD student Morgan Shields from Lincoln University at their greenhouses. Together with Chris Thompson from Bioforce, they conducted a bug scouting expedition…

UK: Phytophthora infestans identified early in season

Late blight is caused by the pathogen Phytophthora infestans; it is one of more than 170 species of this genus causing serious diseases on thousands of plant species worldwide. It is in the same group of pathogens as Pythium and downy mildews. Phytophthora are related to aerial downy mildew pathogens such as Peronospora…

UK: Defra approves sale of Sequoia for use only in greenhouses

Defra has approved a request from Dow AgroSciences Ltd to sell the pest control product Sequoia in the UK for use only in greenhouses. Sequoia contains the active ingredient Sulfoxaflor which was approved by the EU in 2015 following assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The Government’s decision follows…

Koppert collaborates with Valto to control harmful tomato virus

Koppert Biological Solutions is cooperating with Valto to ensure that this Dutch producer of beneficial crop viruses has access to tomato growers around the world. The two biological solutions producers…

US (CA): Researchers get $5 million to combat downy mildew in 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, the first research…

Russell IPM goes to China

Russell IPM signed a collaboration agreement with Zhunghe Group - China during an official ceremony attended by Managing Director Dr Al-Zaidi for the development of smart farm technology and the introduction of biorational solutions to the Chinese company's farms. This event marks a new era for Russell IPM and its business in China, as this new…

CAN (BC): Hand in your unwanted crop protection products free of charge

Farmers living in or near 10 BC Interior communities will be able to dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and outdated livestock medications that have accumulated at their farms at special collection events that are being held at designated locations beginning Monday, October 15. The events have been organized…

Koppert and CABI collaborate on making more biological controls available

Following earlier collaboration in Kenya in March this year in which CABI and the Koppert Foundation stepped up their efforts to combat pests which threaten the food security and livelihoods of thousands of farmers and their families, the two companies signed a new agreement. Under the agreement, more…

Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

Two wins for Plant & Food Research at the Kudos Awards - Dr Philip Elmer, a senior scientist in plant pathology and biological control, has been presented with this year’s…

Australia: Enhancing future preparedness for vegetable leafminer

Project MT16004 – RD&E Program for control, eradication and preparedness for Vegetable Leafminer (2017-2020), a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Vegetable and Nursery Funds, brings together cesar, the University of Melbourne, Plant Health Australia, the Northern Australia…

US (CA): Certis USA completes new azadirachtin production facility

Certis USA has completed construction and start-up of a new azadirachtin formulation and packaging facility located in its factory in Wasco, California. The state-of-the-art…

Biological crop protection... or biological warfare?

The U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been accused of trying to create a new class of biological weapons that would be delivered via virus-infected insects. The Insect Allies program was announced by DARPA in 2016. It is a research project that aims to protect the U.S. agricultural food…

Egypt: Agriculture Ministry investigates ‘tomato crisis’

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Ezz Eddin Abo Setit said on Wednesday that his ministry is investigating a crisis caused by imported tomato seeds which are infected with the leaf curl virus. Abo Setit pointed out that the company that imported the seeds had obtained prior approval from the ministry’s Committee for the…

webinar, October 18

Australia: Integrated Pest Management of vegetable pests - a more sustainable approach

Join this informative and interactive one-hour lunchtime session to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts, including Adam Schreurs (VIC grower), Nigel Dolenec (SA agronomist) and Angelica Cameron (VIC researcher/service provider). This session is being delivered by the National Vegetable Extension Network…

Complex factors can drive emergence and evolution of plant pathogens

For many of us, bumper crops of zucchinis and cucumbers conjure up the sweltering days of summer, while pumpkins and gourds decorate our holiday tables throughout the fall. However, these iconic fruits and vegetables – known collectively as cucurbits – can also help us understand the spread of plant…

US: BASF’s Inscalis insecticide receives EPA registration

BASF received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for its Inscalis insecticide. The new insecticide controls piercing-sucking insect pests in a variety of row and specialty crops, including soybeans, cotton and citrus. “Inscalis insecticide is a new active ingredient with a unique mode of…

Spain: Virus-detecting analysis kit developed

Researchers at the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants (IBMCP), a joint venture of Valencia’s Polytechnic University (UPV) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), have developed a new analysis kit that makes it possible to detect, with just one test and at a reduced cost, all…


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