Crop Protection

ToBRFV presence in Spain officially confirmed

It doesn't come as a surprise (see yesterday's article for instance), but now the presence of ToBRFV in Spain has also been confirmed officially by the EPPO: "The NPPO of…

Effects of fine-mesh exclusion netting on pests of blackberry

Fine-mesh exclusion netting is a potential alternative to organic and conventional crop protection application to control numerous pests of fruit crops. Researchers tested whether fine-mesh exclusion netting would reduce pest abundance and increase marketable yield compared to organic spinosad…

Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España:

"Spain must take ToBRFV seriously to prevent tomato cultivation from being threatened"

This spring there were already rumors and now, at the start of the Spanish season, it has been confirmed: in Spain too they are dealing with the contagious Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). "This is going to change cultivation," says Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España. In recent years, the…

Screens protect organic baby leaf

"Effective protection and unchanged quality compared to the open field"

Arrigoni, the group specializing in the production of protective screens for agriculture, calls itself "an excellent ally for organic farming", following a test in the field for the control of flea beetles. The test was performed on an organic rocket seeding, started in early September and harvested 17…

"Thrips largely under control in vegetable cultivation"

Thrips have long been a major threat to crops, but worryingly, the number of species of thrips around the globe is on the increase, and they are spreading more easily. More worryingly though is the fact that there isn’t yet a biological solution to control every species in every crop. Koppert is,…

Netherlands: Disinfection to prevent cross-contamination

Hygiene ... it seems to be the most used word in greenhouse vegetable cultivation lately. This applies to both the Netherlands and abroad. Jos Veugen from Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne sees their Cart Desinfection Stations mainly going abroad. They are usually installed there as part of new construction…

Gowan acquires two new active ingredients from Bayer

Gowan Crop Protection Limited has entered into agreements with Bayer to acquire rights to the active ingredients Fenamidone and Pencycuron. The acquisition includes product…

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment appoints new President

The Governing Board of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) has appointed Megan Provost as the association’s new President. Provost brings a strong background…

Using pathogen-specific viruses to control pathogen outbreaks

Precision medicine for plants

Researchers from the Utrecht University, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of York (UK) and the Nanjing Agricultural University (China) have developed a new technology to selectively destroy the pathogen that causes the devastating wilt disease without side effects on other beneficial microorganisms. Bacterial…

Pioneering IPM in Uzbekistan

Integrated pest management (IPM) is very much a new concept to growers in some developing countries, such as Uzbekistan. According to Kenan Kütük − Biobest IPM and Pollination Specialist for the Middle East and Central Asia − relying solely on a limited range of chemical crop protection products, Uzbek growers are experiencing…

Neonicotinoids: despite EU moratorium, bees still at risk

Since 2013, a European Union (EU) moratorium has restricted the application of three neonicotinoids to crops that attract bees because of the harmful effects they are deemed to have on these insects. Yet researchers from the CNRS, INRA, and the Institut de l’Abeille (ITSAP) have just demonstrated that…

'Hybrid' fungicide launched in the Philippines

STK bio-ag technologies has launched a ‘hybrid’ foliar fungicide, STK Regev, in the Philippines for use on rice to prevent sheath blight and rice blast, and for bananas to protect against black sigatoka. STK Regev is a hybrid product combining botanical plant extract with conventional chemistry. STK…

Enhancing greenhouse tomato-crop productivity by using brassica macrocarpa guss

Tomato crops are affected in Mediterranean cold-greenhouse agrosystems by soilborne diseases, such as root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.), which represent a serious problem leading to losses in production. Agroecological soil management based on biocontrol agents and natural compounds has had…

Working together to stop the False Codling Moth in Kenya

The False Codling Moth (FCM), also known as Thaumatotibia leucotreta, is a pest, which is present on more than 70 host plants crops like roses, citrus, peppers (Capsicum spp.), maize etc. making it a challenge to control it. FCM is an economically important pest for roses as it causes crop damage and is…

Using an app to digitize scouting for potential issues

Nathalie Zwinkels has been working as a Crop Protection Specialist within Beekenkamp Plants for 3 years. “Crop protection is the best and most challenging job there is,” says Nathalie. “Digitization is becoming increasingly important in horticulture and I am proud that this also happened at Beekenkamp!…

UK retail sector chided by Pesticide Action Network

In 2019, Pesticide Action Network UK surveyed and ranked the top ten UK supermarkets on their actions regarding the sale of products with potentially harmful crop protection…

Netherlands: Tomato cultivation benefits from shorter cultivations

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is certainly not the first virus tomato growers have had to deal with. The growers already had to face the Tobamovirus and the…

EU regulations obstruct biological crop protection

Crop protection agents must become more sustainable. The EU and the Dutch government therefore accord preference to biological agents that work on the basis of micro-organisms and insects. However, new research conducted by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and other institutes reveals that EU…

Regulator of plant immunity tagged

A new actor in the immune system of plants has been identified. KAUST scientists have identified the protein MAP4K4 is needed to mount proper defenses against environmental pathogens. The discovery helps explain the tight control of immune signaling in plants and reveals targets in a molecular pathway…

Long-lasting ‘dry’ lure available for precision monitoring of spotted wing drosophila

Drosophila suzukii (spotted wing drosophila, SWD, Figure 1) has caused more damage to soft fruits this year, compared to all previous years that it has been present in the UK (since 2012). SWD overwinter as adult males and females in sheltered woodland and hedgerows. Adults then move from overwintering…

Koppert registers new biofungicide

"It can be applied till the day before harvest"

Botrytis bunch/fruit rot/grey mold and Monilia brown rot – fungal diseases which annually cost fruit growers and wine producers millions of euros in production losses worldwide, can now be controlled in an effective and sustainable way with a non-synthetic fungicide that has been developed and registered…

Video: How to deal with ToBRFV?

Hazera presents a training video and sanitation guide for dealing with the new Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). "The purpose of this video is to assist growers to gain a better understanding of the ToBRFV virus, and to share some practical advice and active measures for eradicating the growth of this virus through the use…

US: Research award will focus on helping organic tomato growers better manage diseases

Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) are pleased to be among the recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture…

“The plants seem to grow so much quicker on the coir”

Hop growers have been switching twine, it is now the turn of the greenhouse growers to replace the PP twine for a sustainable, biodegradable alternative, like coir fibre. Patrick N. Paternott of Magic Soil Australia firmly believes that compostable twine will replace PP twine in the long term. “No…

Development of medicine to tackle cucumber mosaic virus

The cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), whose presence can be detected on a large scale in greenhouse tomato crops, as well as in melons, pumpkins and cucumbers, causing great damage…

"Zero-pesticide label helps us market our vegetables"

In recent years, the French fruit and vegetable sector has seen the emergence of a new way to market vegetables. The labels Cultivated without Pesticides1 and Zero Pesticide Residue have found their place in the market, filling up the gap between the organic and conventional offer. Cooperative Savéol,…

Spanish scientists patent fungal extracts for the development of biocides

After almost four years of research, a group of scientists from the Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology of the University of La Laguna (ULL) has obtained the…

USA responds to ToBRFV

"Consumers should expect steady tomato supplies"

"Consumers should expect steady supplies as farmers and agricultural scientists in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate toward a solution." That's what the FresProduce…

Guy Smagghe, honorary doctor by the UPM

"24% of European bees may disappear in 5 years"

Belgian entomologist Guy Smagghe, honorary doctor by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and expert in sustainable insect pest control, warns that "24% of European wild bees…

Kees Luykx opts for more focus on irrigation water in ToBRFV control:

"Every grower knows that irrigation water is a very large source of contamination"

Based on all the measures that are taken to prevent the spread of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), you would expect that the virus wouldn’t be able to spread any further. The opposite seems to be the case, now the virus has spread more in the Netherlands than expected and hoped. "Apparently,…

"Insect screens will become essential"

"Mesh screens will be an essential part in the Integrated Pest Management and for pollination. On the one hand, the mesh will keep in the biological controllers and on the other hand, pests are kept out. But the care for bees and bumblebees also requires extra attention. "Insect screens to protect bees…

How to protect crops from direct sunlight and heat?

A greenhouse is a structure used to protect crops and extend the production window. Once growers decide to invest in a greenhouse structure they must think in ways to obtain the maximum benefit from it. There are plenty of options of greenhouse covers. But what should a grower be looking for?…

US (VA): New organic cucumber varieties show promise in disease resistance

In 2018, OFRF provided a grant to Edmund Frost of Common Wealth Seed Growers to assess resistance to both Bacterial Wilt and Cucurbit Downy Mildew among selected cucumber and muskmelon seedstocks. The project is aimed at helping organic farmers throughout the Eastern U.S., where those diseases pose a…

USDA takes action to protect US from Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is taking immediate action to prevent the introduction of tomato brown rugose fruit virus into the United States and protect US tomato and pepper production worth more than $2.3 billion annually. The APHIS has issued a Federal Order imposing…

Glasshouse trials prove Australia's native bees will bear abundant fruit

Did you know Australia has no native Bumblebees? Bumblebees are important to the pollination process of plants, such as tomatoes. A research project aimed to determine the success of native bees as effective pollinators is bearing fruitful results. Glasshouse trials at Western Sydney University are…

UK: Cleaning agent helps optimise nematode performance

A new highly formulated cleaning agent for spray tanks. ‘SpOtless Nursery’ is ICL’s latest innovation for the UK and Eire aimed at optimising the performance of beneficial nematodes, such as Vine Weevil Seeka. “Especially effective at cleaning sticky formulations, SpOtless is ideal for cleaning out spray…

Bell pepper grower Rob Moors reduces the use of chemicals

"We notice that we can control diseases and pests better"

Just like most growers, bell pepper grower Rob Moors is now focusing primarily on biological control. Since last year he’s been using biological pest control. "A good choice:…

"Study shows our sanitation process is effective against ToBRFV"

The latest food safety testing conducted on IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) has confirmed damaging pathogens – viruses and bacteria -- are removed or deactivated by…

Spanish researchers show that TYLCV is not transmitted by tomato seeds

The Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora (a center of the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the University of Malaga), in partnership with the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Technology and Research (INIA), has conducted a study about the virus…

RAIF warns about tomato russet mite in Almeria greenhouses

The Phytosanitary Warning and Information Network, RAIF, has reported that the Australian mite Aculops lycopersici, known as tomato russet mite, has been detected in the province of Almería in most of the plots where the crop's setting and harvest are already starting, and with an increase observed in…

Hygiene can be dirty sometimes

More and more people are carrying around a disinfection spray, even though things are much more hygienic now than they were 30 or 40 years ago. However, people do live closer together nowadays and…

Netherlands: 2 ToBRFV findings, 13 serious suspicions

In the Netherlands, the number of confirmed ToBRFV infected companies is now two, with another thirteen serious suspicions, seven of which outside of the Westland, the…

Greenhouse sanitation: Preparing for a successful season

As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. The cost of greenhouse sanitation is minimal in comparison to the costs associated with fixing problems, such as weeding and chemical pest control. The key to greenhouse sanitation is to have all employees trained to “think clean”…

Report on the 20 priority pests for the EU in agriculture

Three weeks ago, the European Commission published the list of the 20 priority pests for the EU, which includes plant enemies such as the fearsome yellow dragon (caused by a bacterium of Asian origin that has devastated 72% of the production of juicing oranges in the US in the last decade) and the Asian…

Why have so many new diseases developed in the bagged salads sector?

Ready-to-eat salads, also known as fresh-cut or bagged salads, have steadily gained popularity since their introduction in Europe in the early 1980s. This popularity is expected to grow, marking opportunities for the fresh food industry. As this industry grows dynamically, so does the number of new…

Suspected cases outside of Westland

ToBRFV Europe update: more cases confirmed

The NVWA (Netherlands food and consumer product safety authority) has confirmed a second ToBRFV discovery. The agency also reports that a number of companies with suspected…

Grant from Top Sector Horticulture & Starting Materials

Million euro grant for research on disease-resistant spinach

Utrecht plant scientists and bioinformaticians will receive almost 1 million euros for a research project on downy mildew, the most important pathogen of spinach. They are awarded by the Top Sector Horticulture & Starting Materials for a public-private partnership. The Top Consortium for Knowledge and…

New agrotextiles will be exhibited at Expo Agroalimentaria 2019

Arrigoni S.p.A., the group specialising in the production of protective screens for agriculture, will again be one of the exhibitors at Expo Agroalimentaria, Latin America’s biggest farming industry event, to be held at Irapuato, in Mexico, from 12 to 15 November this year. Arrigoni technical experts…

Genetic patterns associated with plant immunity

Genomic information from plants can be used to enhance agricultural production and improve food security in a sustainable manner. Through better understanding of the relationship between a plant's genetic information and the resulting behaviour, improved crops with better traits (resistance to diseases,…

Critical success factors for the adoption of decision tools in IPM

The rational control of harmful organisms for plants (pests) forms the basis of the integrated pest management (IPM), and is fundamental for ensuring agricultural productivity while maintaining economic and environmental sustainability. The high level of complexity of the decision processes linked to IPM…

Steenks Service:

"Make it easy for yourself during crop rotation"

The crop rotation will soon take place again in the northern hemisphere. It’s always a challenging period for growers. In a period of a few weeks a lot has to happen, including a thorough cleaning of the greenhouse. These jobs are often very labor-intensive, so Steenks Service offers a number of options…

"protect your tomato plants"

Solution against PepMV available in Canada

The pepino mosaic virus is a highly damaging virus, causing significant losses for greenhouse growers all over the world. Now Canadian growers have a solution to protect their tomato plants against it: V10 by Valto is now available in Canada. Valto is a Dutch family business specialising in natural crop…

US (FL): University of Florida leads multistate research to reduce pepper diseases; boost production

Peppers are popular. Consumers eat all kinds, including jalapenos, habaneros, chilis and more. Because people eat so much of the fruit, they’re worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the Florida and national economies. In fact, in 2018, bell and chili peppers alone were a $181 million-a-year…

Biobest in partnership to serve Norwegian growers

Biobest Group NV of Belgium and VekstMiljø AS announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Norway’s Pollinering AS. Pollinering AS, founded in 2003 by Mr. Karl-Ivar Stangeland, is a local Norwegian producer of bumblebee hives for pollination. In the light of the decision of the Norwegian authorities…

Producing Koppert’s ‘little heroes’ – nematodes for pest control

Insect-pathogenic nematodes measure much less than a millimeter, so you can’t see them with the naked eye. Great care and precision needs to go into the production of these ‘little heroes that are bred for the biological control of a host of horticultural and orchard pests by biocontrol company, Koppert…

Elizabeth Mace, Bioline Agrosciences:

“The organic, no-residue trend and the lack of solutions have increased the demand for our products”

“Now that consumers and distribution chains ask for more and more organic or ‘zero-residue’ products, the demand for our products has increased significantly,” reports Elizabeth Mace of Bioline Agrosciences. The company offers biocontrol products in many countries (Europe, America). “In a few years, we…

"All biological control in your pocket with new app"

All the biological control in your pocket, anywhere, anytime and instantly: Bioline Agrosciences has taken the challenge with theBioline App. The Bioline App is a mobile application developed by Bioline Agrosciences to help producers and distributors to implement their biocontrol programs in the best…

Diagnostic options available for detection of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was initially observed infecting net house-grown tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) in southern Israel in 2014. Symptoms were similar to those induced by members of the Tobamovirus genus and included mosaic and chlorosis on leaves (figure 1) and discoloration and…

Netherlands: Investigations into more ToBRFV-contaminations

It seems like the ToBRFV contamination in the Netherlands has spread. Since October 4th, growers were obliged to report a (possible) contamination, and since last Monday the…

Israel: Blocking resistance could reduce insecticide use

Thousands of tons of insecticides are spewed on crops and farm animals worldwide, and these amounts are still growing because the insects are increasingly developing resistance to the chemicals. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in collaboration with scientists in Australia, have found a…

Jaap Smit, Commissioner of the King:

Ambassadors of over 20 different countries visiting Koppert, De Ruiter and Anthura

Ambassadors of over 20 different countries visited three companies in the Greenport in the West of Holland: Koppert Biological Systems, De Ruiter Seeds Experience and Anthura. The tour was an initiative thought of by the province of South Holland and the participants were accompanied by the Commissioner…

US urges Thailand to delay ban on Glyphosate

The US claims that its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that glyphosate poses no meaningful risk to human health when used as authorised. The USDA is calling…

New Council for Agricultural Science and Technology report:

There is no sound science behind avoiding produce ‘because of pesticides’

A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) aims to reduce consumers’ worries by describing how information from complex risk assessments can be misinterpreted in news stories and by consumer advocacy groups. The often complex findings from these scientific publications…

Progema GmbH presents Sluxx HP at ExpoSE 2019

A slug pellet for all applications

Sluxx HP from Progema is the only slug pellet that is approved in Germany for all crops, vegetables and fruit crops as well as for ornamental plants. This applies to both…

Martin Zuijderwijk new Director Technical Support Services at Biobest

As of October 1, 2019 Martin Zuijderwijk joined the Biobest group as Director Technical Support Services. Born and raised in the heart of the greenhouses sector in The Netherlands, Martin services the horticultural crop protection industry since 1992. In the last 20 years, he has been working in global…

'Vaccine' helps tomato plants repel pathogens

When plants come under attack from invading bacteria, viruses or fungi, they mount a two-pronged response, producing both offensive chemicals to kill invaders and defensive chemicals to prevent infestations from spreading. by Tom Abate Now, scientists at Stanford have used a type of chemical vaccine to…

Kam’s Growers Supply now supplying Bioline biologicals

At the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls October 9-10, the Kam’s Growers Supply booth was bustling. The Bioline AgroSciences team was there to share the news that Kam’s will now be working with them to develop the Bioline brand and supply growers across Canada with their biological control agents. The Kam’s sales representatives are no strangers to bios a…

EU to ban Calypso and Biscaya

European Union governments on Tuesday widened the EU ban on pesticides linked to harming bees after deciding not to renew their approval for Bayer’s insecticide known as thiacloprid. Farmers will not be allowed to use the insecticide, sold under brands Calypso and Biscaya, after April 30, 2020, when its current approval…

Florida tomato study could prevent spread of damaging disease

Florida's tomato industry generates $520 million a year, but a disease called bacterial spot is lowering the crop's immune system, and decreasing the overall yield. It’s caused by the bacteria Xanthomonas. Plant pathologist Gary Vallad, with UF-IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, led a…

US (PA): Microbial inoculants for agricultural soils – potential and challenges

In the past decade, there has been a surge in the development of microbial products for agriculture, including bacteria and fungi that supposedly benefit crop productivity. Hundreds of start-up companies have been founded with a focus on microbial product design and development, while major agricultural…

possible second contamination in Westland

Netherlands: In addition to ToBRFV, PepMV also found at Dutch growers

In a report, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) provides more details about the discovery of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) in vine tomatoes at a greenhouse horticultural company in the Westland, the Netherlands. Among other things, it is reported that the infection…

Bernard Blum Award for biological tuta absoluta insecticide

Andermatt Biocontrol has received this year's Bernard Blum Award for their latest baculovirus product, Tutavir. The Bernard Blum Award is granted annually for a biocontrol product which provides an effective solution in the management of pests or diseases while having a low impact on human health and the…

CABI teams up with Koppert to lead biological fight against devastating tomato pest in Kenya

CABI has joined forces with world-leading biological control specialists Koppert Biological Systems to step-up a more sustainable fight against the tomato farmer’s worst enemy – the tomato leafminer, known scientifically as Tuta absoluta – which in Kenya alone causes 50-80 percent yield loss if no…

US (GA): Georgia Farm Bureau supplies grant for UGA-Tifton plant pathologist to study blueberry disease

A plant pathologist at the University of Georgia Tifton campus is using a grant from the Georgia Farm Bureau to study a bacterial disease that is harming the state’s blueberry crops.  Jonathan Oliver, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental…

November 27-28, Peterborough

UK: 12 BASIS points on offer at CropTec

BASIS members attending CropTec have the chance to earn up to 12 BASIS points across the two-day event. On Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 November, there are two points available per day for attendance, and a further four points each day for members participating in the knowledge trail. Stephen Jacob, BASIS…

"Growers should manage tomato bacterial spot while seedlings are in transplant facilities"

New findings from University of Florida scientists could help tomato growers nationwide in their battle against a damaging disease. With 37,000 acres, Florida’s tomato industry is a $520 million-a-year crop, so it’s critical to find sources of diseases so growers can avoid or treat them to sustain their…

West Virginia University

New molecular research tool for testing fruit and vegetables for pesticides

New research from West Virginia University is transforming technology. The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry are…

"Tuta absoluta will invade all major vegetable growing areas of mainland Southeast Asia"

Modern food systems facilitate rapid dispersal of pests and pathogens through multiple pathways. The complexity of spread dynamics and data inadequacy make it challenging to model the phenomenon and also to prepare for emerging invasions. This study presents a generic framework to study the…

Tomato growers must remain vigilant for tomato brown rugose virus

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) is a recently discovered species that emerged in Israel around 2014. Since then outbreaks have been seen all over the world including a recent outbreak in the UK. ToBRFV is a member of the Tobamovirus that are robust and contact transmittable and can therefore be…

Andermatt Biocontrol becomes majority shareholder in ABiTEP

Swiss-based company Andermatt Biocontrol has increased its shareholding in the German biotech company ABiTEP GmbH from 24% to a majority stake of 78%. ABiTEP GmbH is based in…

ToBRFV emergency measures to be incorporated in UK legislation

The European Union has announced emergency measures to prevent the introduction and spread of tomato brown rugose fruit virus. The measures will come into force on 1 November 2019. Even if the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019, the emergency measures will still be incorporated into the UK's national…

A new line of defense against Tuta Absoluta in UK tomato

Dr Caroline Reid of Bioline Agrosciences has made a conference for 200 members of the Tomato industry at the TGA Tomato conference 2019 at Chesford Grange Hotel on 26th of September. Tuta absoluta is a huge pest for tomatoes. Serious damages occur throughout the entire growing period (protected and…

First SCS certification for pesticide free strawberries in North America

In Southwestern Ontario, DelFrescoPure® is growing YES!Berries Your Everyday Snack!™ strawberries inside 17 acres of cutting-edge greenhouses. Leveraging decades of greenhouse…

Cucumber grower Marcel Huibers, Hortus in Futuro, after an eventful season:

"If you cannot control mosaic, you have to choose the most virus-resistant variety"

“We have three selection criteria when we have to choose a variety. The first is virus resistance, second is virus resistance and third is, I am sure you can guess,” says Marcel Huibers, cultivation manager / general manager at Dutch cucumber nursery Hortus in Futuro in Maasbree, laughing. In recent…

Dutch authority reports suspected ToBRFV find at tomato grower

There is a suspicion of a discovery of the ToBRFV plant virus at a Dutch tomato growing company. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA) imposes hygienic…

Andalusia warns of the threat of ToBRFV to greenhouse tomatoes and peppers

Tomato and pepper producers in the provinces of Almeria and Granada, mainly those growing in greenhouses, have been warned by the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Livestock,…

Deadly fungus found in Far North Queensland

The Poison Fire Coral, one of world’s deadliest fungi, has been found in Far North Queensland for the first time. It is a long way from its usual home in the mountains of Japan and Korea. Dr Matt Barrett  of James Cook University, confirmed the identity of the Poison Fire Coral fungus after local photographer…

Are threats regarding tomato virus being twisted to influence politics?

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas issued the following which expresses how the organization feels the issue of a tomato virus is being handled. The article reads:…

Ozone Event Agrozone focuses on water quality management

"A disinfectant is no longer ordered from a brochure"

How many rounds in the greenhouse does a grower make in a day? Enough to sometimes ‘not really’ see certain things. For example, a very slow, dirty cloth filter or a condensation gutter that empties directly into the clean drain. Recently, during a day on which water in Dutch horticulture - including the WaterEvent - was central, some seventy people gathered to reflect on water…

Pest that feasts on broccoli

Swede midges found in Maine for first time

According to agriculture authorities in Maine, an invasive pest that can damage crops such as cabbage and broccoli has been found in the state for the first time. The pest is an insect called the Swede midge. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says Monday the UMaine…

Crop protection giants join forces to introduce closed transfer system technology for European growers

ADAMA, BASF, Corteva Agriscience, Nufarm and Syngenta join forces to further improve the way crop protection products are handled in Europe by promoting the use of closed transfer system (CTS) technology. The companies are now each piloting the CTS ‘easyconnect’ in selected countries to benefit…

Protecting tomato plants against pepino mosaic virus

Valto is a Dutch family business specialising in natural crop protection products. Their best-known product, V10, protects tomato plants against the highly damaging pepino mosaic virus. V10 is now also available in France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom. Broadest spectrumV10 is composed of two mild…

Collaboration to accelerate the development of microbial-based crop protection products

Corteva Agriscience and MicroMGx today announced a collaboration that aims to provide farmers a wider range of novel, microbial-based crop protection products. Under the…

US (IA): Ambitious strategies to combat pests and disease in organic agriculture

Fruit and vegetable growers who adopt organic agriculture practices forgo some of the commonly used tools conventional farmers use to fight pests and disease, but Iowa State University researchers are experimenting with new methods that could give organic growers new options. The researchers received a…

US (FL): Virus in Mexican tomatoes causing concern, USDA action needed

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is issuing an alert regarding a virus found in Mexican tomatoes imported into Florida and potentially other U.S. states. ToBRFV, the tomato brown rugose fruit virus, is a highly virulent virus that can cause severe fruit loss in tomatoes…

Rare insect pest intercepted at US-Mexican border

When CBP agriculture specialists inspected a commercial shipment of prickly pear pads arriving from Mexico, they found a rare pest that has never been seen in the United…

Plants use a common ‘language’ for emergency alerts

There’s long been a theory that talking to plants can help them grow better. But what if plants themselves could “talk” to each other? That’s a question that André Kessler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and his research team addressed over a 12-year study that examined plant-to-plant…

New crop protection coming to Canada

BioWorks announces the addition of SuffOil-X Spray Oil Emulsion to their Canadian product line. SuffOil-X controls insects, mites and fungi - including powdery mildew - in a broad range of greenhouse, nursery and vegetable crops. It works by suffocating eggs, larvae, nymphs, adult soft-bodied insects and…

New eco-friendly crop protection is now registered in the USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted registration of AmyProtec 42 for efficient and eco-friendly control of root diseases, such as Rhizoctonia and Common Scab in the USA. Besides its properties as soil fungicide, AmyProtec 42 also stimulates plant growth and induces systemic resistance…

First record of Ranunculus white mottle virus from Australia

In 2004, a vein yellowing disease of soil-grown greenhouse capsicum was observed in southern Australia. Symptoms were similar to those of pepper yellow vein disease, a suspected viral disease of capsicum transmitted by soilborne Olpidium species. Disease symptoms were apparent on young plants and faded…


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