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

"Helpful microbes, happy plants"

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

Agtech company lands 116m funding to scale microbial platform

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

Another five new ToBRFV infections in the Netherlands

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

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Ozone water for irrigation and produce treatments

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

French EU president wants to eliminate chemical crop protection faster

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

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TYLCV found in northeast Victoria, Australia

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

Australia’s largest biological control company Biological Services:

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

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

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Kerala: Spice farmers get online help to fight plant disease

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

Building resilient indoor farms with earthworms, fungi and beneficial bacteria

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

Crop Enhancement partners with OHP, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fertilizers and agrochemicals use in Vietnam

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

Dutch strawberry plant grower shares experience with UV pesticide

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

Dutch growers want accelerated research into new cucumber virus

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

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

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

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Singapore scientists uncover secret of the black rot in vegetable crops

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

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

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

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

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

Bio-enzyme water cleaner receives OMRI certification

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

Estonian and Slovenian tomato growers report ToBRFV

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

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

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

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Plant-insect interactions of false codling moth and tomato

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

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Innovative strategies for biological control

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

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Why an integrated approach is best

"I once used a biological product to control Tuta absoluta (tomato leaf miner) in my own tomato crop. Unfortunately, the manufacturer ceased production of the product. But because I was using my crop solely for breeding purposes, I decided to stop spraying for the pest," shares Bill Kerr, vegetable…

Turkey amends import requirements for fear of New Delhi virus in tomato and pepper seeds

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is amending import requirements for tomato, pepper and pumpkin seeds from all countries into Turkey. "Tomato leaf curl New…

US (CA): State awards $400,000 to promote safer and sustainable pest management practices in California

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced more than $400,000 in Alliance Grants awarded to two projects that accelerate the transition to safer and sustainable pest management across the state. DPR’s Alliance Grant program funds projects that promote the adoption of integrated…

Ghana: Tomato growers introduced to TYLC resistant varieties

Tomato farmers in the Agortime-Ziope District of the Volta Region have been introduced to five new varieties of tomatoes to boost crop production in the area. The five varieties have been developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), as part of…

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Viral diseases in tomatoes can cause serious damage in greenhouses

Viral diseases of greenhouse tomatoes in North Carolina occasionally cause serious damage and large economic loss. The amount of loss can vary depending on the virus disease…

"We’ve effectively minimized chemical usage"

With the help of Biobest’s Crop-Scanner App, Spayka – an Armenian producer of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, and peppers – has successfully adopted IPM across its 105ha production sites. In 2020, keen to reduce its reliance on conventional chemical crop protection products, the company collaborated…

Study on comparing mist sprayer and traditional sprayers for pesticide in plastic tunnel greenhouse

A field study was conducted in plastic tunnels of tomato crops to compare the spraying performance of KMS with the commonly used electric knapsack sprayer (EKS), thermal fogger sprayer (TFS) and spray gun (SG). The environmental conditions of facility vegetables are characterized by high temperature and…

Farmers in Seychelles want tomato ban lifted

Farmers on the Seychelles' three main islands are asking the National Biosecurity Agency to lift a ban imposed on the movement of tomatoes between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue as sales are being severely affected. The ban was imposed late last month to curb the spread of the tomato leaf miner (Tuta…

Bumblebee hives with a sustainable future

Working sustainably in partnership with nature, we have developed a bumblebee hive for crop pollination that reduces the CO2 footprint of the hive by 52% by using 85% recycled or renewable materials.  With sustainability and working in partnership with nature high on the agenda since our inception, we have…

ToBRFV found in France

The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food confirmed presence of ToBRFV in the the farm of the agricultural high school of Sainte Livrade sur Lot (47110) on July 29, 2021. Samples were taken and…

"We welcome the decision to ban this type of crop protection"

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it will be revoking all tolerances of chlorpyrifos, effectively banning all food uses of the crop protection in the…

Study on controlling banana Xanthomonas wilt disease in East Africa

Since banana is a vegetatively propagated crop, its production is affected due to the build-up of several pests and pathogens, particularly where several co-exist (Tripathi et al., 2020). The most significant diseases are banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW), Black Sigatoka, fusarium wilt, banana bunchy top…

Commercial trials and initial conclusions

Putting Eupeodes-System to the test

Commercial trials of Eupeodes-System in Southern Spain have demonstrated the hoverfly’s potential to establish and contribute to aphid control in a range of high value crops.  Depending on the type of aphid in the crop, Eupeodes corollae can be combined with different parasitoids or predators to produce a…

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Fighting the tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus

Scientists find effective defence strategy by a resistant tomato cultivar

Scientists of the National Institute of Plant Genomics Research (NIPGR) have studied an effective defence strategy used by a resistant tomato cultivar against Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) that leads to severe losses in tomato yield worldwide, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) said on…

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Identification of agents of crazy root disease on hydroponically cultivated cucumbers in Poland

Hydroponically cultivated cucumber plants with characteristic symptoms of crazy root disease were found in two different commercial production cucumber greenhouses in Poland. Due to excessive and inappropriate root growth, this disease led to a reduction in yield and deterioration of the general…

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Australian government warns of viruses detected in mail seeds

A range of vegetable and fruit viruses have been detected in seeds from overseas, demonstrating the significant biosecurity risks that illegal seed imports can pose. Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr. Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, said a variety of seeds were imported for testing and research…

Growers warn of massive spread of new virus in Dutch cucumber crop

In recent weeks, the Cucurbit Aphid-Borne Yellow virus (CABYV) has been found among more and more Dutch cucumber growers. This has been reported by Ewoud van der Ven and Rens Smith. The greenhouse vegetable advisors at Delphy are surprised by how quickly the originally Mediterranean plant virus has been…

Integrated pest management for indoor cultivation pt. 1

In this new article series sponsored by Hawthorne Gardening Company, we are going to explore the biggest enemies of growers: pests. With today’s article, we start investigating the most dangerous pests for crops such as cannabis, lettuce, saffron, and so on, and how they ravage our favorite plants. In…

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NZ: government continues effort to control tomato disease

Authorities working to contain a tomato plant disease are hopeful exports can resume to some countries before the season starts in October. Last month the Ministry for Primary Industries stopped exports to six countries after the Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) was found on plants here. The countries -…

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Partnership to promote adoption of biological crop protections

Crop Enhancement, a manufacturer of sustainable crop protection products, today announced a partnership with OHP, a company in technology-based plant protection solutions for ornamentals. The partnership would expand the diversity of commercially available options to effectively manage ornamental pests.…

"Pest detection requires trained eye of skilled expert - or an app"

Every week, indoor growers spend hours walking around their greenhouses, analyzing crops and inspecting the type and number of flies on glue traps. The latter plays a key role in the early-stage detection of pests. The early intervention significantly reduces crop waste and the use of crop protection…

Fungicide agains botrytis availabile in North Africa

Eden Research announces that it has signed an agreement with Sipcam Oxon which allows Sipcam to market, distribute and sell, on an exclusive basis, Eden's fungicide product,…

Collaborative project to develop Volatile Organic Compounds kicks off

A new project to develop innovative products to control soil pests which will help farmers improve the quality of their crops, has been launched by Swansea University, with…

First find of leaf-mining fly in Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade is intent on increasing plant surveillance after a confirmed single sample of American serpentine leafminer in…

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First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Austria and Switzerland

The NPPO of Austria recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of tomato brown rugose fruit virus on its territory. The virus was detected in a greenhouse producing tomato fruit at the end of June 2021 in the municipality of Münchendorf (Niederösterreich). Symptoms (elongated narrow…

NZ: Nursery stops growing cucumbers due to unknown disease

Gellert Nursery, based in Auckland, New Zealand, last week made the very difficult decision to stop cucumber propagation due to an unknown disease affecting the young plants at their nursery. For the past few years, the company has struggled with an unidentified disease that randomly affects a small…

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A ray of (UV) light at the end of strawberry pest tunnel

For a number of years, University of Florida plant pathologist Natalia Peres has used an ultraviolet light system to thwart strawberry pathogens. Peres even published a study this year that showed the system helps control powdery mildew. Two fellow researchers with the UF Institute of Food and…

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"Contributing to the fight in stopping counterfeit and illegal pesticides"

Counterfeit and illegal pesticides are a danger to farmers' health, their crops, and the environment.  "Therefore, as the crop protection industry, we are strongly involved in stopping these illicit pesticides from entering Europe and being applied to crops. Our network consists of member companies and country…

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Effect of the native strain of predator Nesidiocoris on Bemisia tabaci

The misuse of chemical insecticides has developed the phenomenon of habituation in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) causing enormous economic losses under geothermal greenhouses in southern Tunisia. In order to develop means of biological control appropriate to the conditions of southern Tunisia,…

Making the slow-release option of predatory mite a reality

“BioBee is proud to announce that for the first time ever, the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis (BioPersi+), the ultimate spider mite predator, can be applied preventively using slow-release sachets that will guarantee consistent and absolutely outstanding results,” announced Ran Ganel, CEO of…

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Study on determination of tuta absoluta in Northern Cyprus greenhouses

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is the most destructive pest attacking tomato plant, Lycopersicon esculentum. The tomato leafminer was recorded in Crete (Greece) for the first time in June 2009. Under heavy infestation yield loss in the range of 80-100% is common.…

Belgium: Strawberry growers opt for combination of aphid controls

Aphids can develop very quickly in strawberry crops. With a number of aphid species commonly found in the crop, the best results are achieved by deploying a mix of biological control agents. Now that Calypso® is no longer allowed, more and more strawberry growers are choosing to tackle aphids…

Plant booster and protection hits Spanish market

SIPCO Innovations is pleased to announce the launch of its new product Hyshield in Spain this August, in partnership with Hortitec. This European launch comes after the success of Hyshield™ in the North American market and the increasing demand for this product in the marketplace. Hyshield is derived from…

Save Foods granted Israeli patent for proprietary composition for natural protection of edible matter

Save Foods, an agri-food-tech company focused on developing and selling eco-friendly products specifically designed to extend the shelf life and ensure food safety of fresh…

Plant booster and protection hits Spanish market

SIPCO Innovations is pleased to announce the launch of its new product Hyshield in Spain this August, in partnership with Hortitec. This European launch comes after the success of Hyshield™ in the North American market and the increasing demand for this product in the marketplace. Hyshield is derived from…

EU-mandatory import check ToBRFV to become more strict

The method of checking imports for Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) became more strict starting the 15th of July. Tests will be conducted more thoroughly, and larger…

Study on infestation and subsequent effect of sucking insects on tomato plants

Five tomato varieties viz., BARI Tomato 2, BARI Tomato 14, BARI Tomato 15, BARI Tomato 16, and BARI Tomato 17 were screened for their reaction against thrips Scirtothrips…

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Battling the 'pesto pest' basil downy mildew

Nothing spells disappointment more during the pesto-making season than visiting your basil patch only to find your carefully tended crop ravaged. But that is exactly what happened to Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist based at Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center, in August…

Corteva Agriscience and Andermatt USA announce agreement for two technologies

"We are enabling additional tools for sustainable production"

Corteva Agriscience and Andermatt USA announced today a multi-year agreement for two technologies that will benefit U.S. farmers. Andermatt USA is the U.S. subsidiary of…

Sales chemicals stabilize in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the sales of chemicals have been fluctuating at around 10 million kg/year for years now. In 2018, sales dropped below that mark. In 2019, 9.3 million kgs of active ingredients were sold. That was almost the same level as in 2018. On their website, Agrimatie, Wageningen University and…

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Attentive employee catches vegetable thief

"Cameras are one thing, but attentive employees are simply the most effective way to put a stop to neighborhood thieves," Fehmel Gemüsebau wrote on Facebook. "A cyclist, who had already been observed many times, rode by to "shop" at our tunnels, of course entering through the back door. He didn't realize…

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CAN: Pepper weevil found outdoors in Essex county

Last week, a first positive outdoor pepper weevil Anthonomus eugenii (PeW) catch was made of one adult in OMAFRA’s traps in Essex county, just outside the Leamington area. This is part of an ongoing surveillance project for 2021. No established pepper weevil populations have been reported. Monitoring is…

Ultrasonic transmitters secure clean water for tomato grower

For four months now the Dutch tomato grower Frank Dekker from Dekker Glascultures has used ultrasonic transmitters in his basin and silos to improve the quality of his irrigation- and drain water. And to great satisfaction. The USAF ultrasonic transmitters are supplied by Ultramins. "It’s been somewhat…

Uncertainty for New-Zealand growers after PepMV outbreak

Whereas most tomato growers currently fear ToBRFV deeply, in New Zealand it is PepMV that is looming over the industry. Recently, the virus was detected in several greenhouses. Vaccines available in Europe, Canada, and Great Britain, are not approved for use in New Zealand. “As we have tomato growers…

Improved biodegradable packaging boosts Orius-System performance

New improved 100% biodegradable packaging for Biobest’s Orius-System is set to deliver benefits to growers this season – not least enhanced establishment and performance of the voracious thrips predator.  As part of its continuous product improvement program, Biobest has redesigned the packaging for its popular…

Working together for a healthy and resilient plant

A plant that is in balance is strong and healthy. Plant Empowerment implementation partners Saint-Gobain Cultilene and Koppert Biological Systems are working together to improve the resilience and health of crops grown in stone wool. Encouraging soil life is a key part of this. The presence of sufficient…

Pre-Empt: An organic hydroponic fertilizer

Organic hydroponics is possible. Growers can implement organic practices for hydroponic systems by using nutrient solutions derived from organic plant and animal material or naturally mined compounds. In order to certify the organic origin for a product you must look for OMRI-listed products. The Organic…

NL: “Empowering strawberry plants through nutrition made us more reliable”

Driven by the ambition to do things even better, strawberry grower Rob van Enckevort from De Peelkroon BV was keen to take Plant Empowerment a step further to improve the fundamental health of his crops through nutrition. “Quality is always an issue with strawberries, just as with any fresh produce, and…

Plant patch enables continuous monitoring for crop diseases

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a patch that plants can “wear” to monitor continuously for plant diseases or other stresses, such as crop damage or extreme heat. “We’ve created a wearable sensor that monitors plant stress and disease in a non-invasive way by measuring the…

Battling phytophthora in strawberry production with knowledge

Phytophthora cactorum is a major problem for strawberry production. Is it a single species with a broad host range? Or distinct lineages specialised onto different crops?…

Testing demonstrates resistance of modified plants to crop protection candidate

AgPlenus, a company designing crop protection products, announced today that it has achieved positive results in a Proof of Concept (POC) testing of a resistance trait for its leading novel Mode-of-Action (MoA) herbicide product candidate, APH1. The preferred agricultural practice in field crops is…

Tropical and sub-tropical climates, Arrigoni proposes the Net House system with Robuxta®

The primary sector of tropical and sub-tropical countries is now booming and, alongside more traditional crops, the production of pomegranate and berry fruits (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry) is also strongly developing. However, farmers in these countries must increasingly face sudden and violent…

Study on novel sources of resistance to powdery mildew

Peppers, a worldwide crop, are threatened by various pathogens. Powdery mildew, a biotroph fungal infection, can cause several damages directly on vegetative parts and…

"Greening up the future of our food production"

Much has been written about the aims and objectives of the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies and the need for the targets set therein for a “greener and healthier agriculture” system to be “science-based, technically feasible and economically sustainable” for all those involved in the food…

Study on efficacy of foliar fungicides on controlling early blight disease of eggplants in Iraq

The eggplant production has gone through increasing difficulties due to relatively low yields in the last few years in Iraq. Alternaria solani, the causal agent of eggplant…

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Isolation of gene markers leads to more effective insect pest control

Fruit flies can be a nuisance in one’s kitchen. More importantly, across farmlands around the world, these highly destructive pests can wreak havoc among fruit and vegetable production. Nuclear science and technology have helped to suppress such pests in an environment-friendly manner with the sterile insect technique (SIT).…

Amy O’Shea:

“There is so much enthusiasm around biologicals in the marketplace"

For Certis Biologicals, 2021 represents much more than the return to normality following the pandemic. This year is also the company’s 20th anniversary. Global developmentCertis Biologicals has a long history of developing biologicals for the horticultural industry, dating back to the 1940s. The company has…

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Crop profile for greenhouse tomato in Canada, 2020 / prepared

"The Crop Profile for Greenhouse Tomato in Canada, 2020 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for tomato in Canada. Information is provided on…

Reset pest populations with Protac SF

"Now is the time to knock pest hot spots back"

"With temperatures rising and pest hot spots appearing in many protected crops, now is the time to knock them back with Protac SF – a new fast-acting contact control,"  says Tim…

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Solvay completes acquisition of global seed coatings business

Solvay and Bayer have announced the closing of Solvay’s previously announced acquisition of Bayer’s global coatings business, with facilities in Méréville, France, and tolling operations in the U.S. and Brazil. The business is recognized globally for seed coating and seed enhancement products such as…

Poster in 10 languages helps recognising greenhouse pests and damage

To support pest identification and recognition of the damage symptoms by the foreign greenhouse workers in the Finnish greenhouses, Biotus collected pictures of the Top 10 pests and their observed damage. The names of the pests are presented in the Top 10 languages spoken among the workers. Besides…

UK: Control of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

This article gives detailed information on the control of CGMMV, from initial seed treatment through to end of crop clean-up. Seed treatmentAs the virus can be transmitted by…

ChemChina seeking $10 bln in Syngenta IPO

ChemChina is aiming to raise around $10 billion from a Shanghai IPO for Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta Group, in what is set to be the world's largest flotation this year, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. ChemChina, which became part of Sinochem Holdings Corp last month, is…

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IN: How Maharashtra’s tomato belt can tackle its viral menace

Currently, as the second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues across India, the tomato virus is back, wreaking havoc in Ahmednagar, Satara, Nashik, and Pune districts of Maharashtra. Farmers have alleged their otherwise red, juicy tomatoes have turned into yellow and spongy,…


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