Crop Protection

Protecting produce from viruses through active packing technologies

In the produce sector, assuring freshness and safety has long been a leading concern of processors, distributors, and brands. Conventional mitigation strategies focus on wash…

What is the best strategy to prevent outbreaks of bacterial plant diseases?

Bacterial diseases can cause considerable damage and loss of quality in some crops. But there are hardly any plant protection products available to combat the plant pathogenic…

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Level 5 autonomous crop protection powered by UV-C technology

Honest AgTech and Cleanlight have joined forces to further their autonomous crop protection system powered by UV-C technology. Arjo van der Sluis of CleanLight: "With CleanLight, growers can combat mildew and other diseases with ease - no chemical applications necessary. Regular, low-dosage treatments…

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Use of biological control still increasing in Dutch greenhouse

By 2020, pest insects and spider mites in nine Dutch greenhouse crops will have been controlled organically in 95 percent of the area under cultivation, for example, through…

Copying nature to resist viruses

One of the impacts of climate change is the proliferation of viruses on cultivated plants. To reduce the use of pesticides and promote the deployment of agroecological practices, one strategy is to increase the natural resistance of plants to viruses. Promising results, using genome editing to mimic natural selection, were…

Bayer and Kimitec join forces to supply biologicals to growers worldwide

Both companies enter into a global strategic partnership for Biologicals discovery and commercialization that includes crop protection and biostimulant products based on molecules derived from natural sources / Kimitec becomes a new strategic partner for Bayer, combining their unique biologicals…

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National pesticide safety education month focuses on resources and education to support safe pesticide handling and use

February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month, and a time to review pesticide safety practices at your home or place of business, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) says. WSSA and the American Phytopathological Society (APS), and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) are among the…

Combatting ToBRFV with new varieties Ferreira and Novero

Diseases are an ongoing threat to produce growers, but none may be more impactful than tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), which transmits easily, decimates crops and is difficult to eradicate. To help growers mitigate their risk, protect their crop’s marketability, and provide new solutions in…

A transnational collaboration leads to the characterization of an emergent plant virus

In the 21st century, 'collaboration' has become a popular buzzword, but effectively working together across disciplines and countries is easier said than done. However, authentic collaboration is critical to the fight against plant pathogens; sharing information on plant diseases facilitates early…

New trial using nutrition to build plant resilience against ToBRFV

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is a highly infectious RNA virus that affects tomato crops globally. It has caused significant economic losses for growers due to reduced crop quality and yield. OMEX Agrifluids, an R&D-based UK company specializing in leading-edge plant nutrition, is currently…

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California unveils plan to sustainably manage pests and eliminate high-risk pesticides by 2050

The state joined leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds to unveil a roadmap of ambitious goals and actions to accelerate California’s systemwide transition to sustainable pest management and eliminate prioritized high-risk pesticides by 2050 to better protect the health of our communities and…

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International IPM program drives sustainable management of Tomato Leafminer

The lepidopteran pest Tuta absoluta is one of the world’s most devastating phytophagous species affecting tomato plants and fresh tomatoes, causing high levels of crop production loss, especially when no control strategies are implemented. Tuta absoluta—sometimes known as the tomato leafminer, tomato…

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Plant protection of the future may come from the plants themselves

Humans and animals all have chemical and microbial signatures that influence their well-being in one way or another. In medicine, the use of probiotics rather than antibiotics has become high on the agenda. However, humans and animals are not the only ones who have a close relationship with their…

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Pestalotiopsis causes losses of up to 50% in Michoacan's strawberry production

The pestalotiopsis plague in Mexico's strawberry cultivation and the losses it is generating to the sector have led producers to think about the possibility of starting to produce strawberry plants in the country. "We are in talks with the state government and the federal government to see if we can make…

A natural solution for destructive stink bugs

Koppert has been successful in rearing commercial quantities of the parasitic wasps Trissolcus basalis that have shown effective results in preventive and light curative control of the Southern green stink bug Nezara viridula. This bug is becoming an increasing greenhouse pest in North West Europe and…

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US: Food safety certification for specialty crops program deadline

Did your specialty crop operation recently incur on-farm food safety program expenses related to obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023? You may be eligible for financial assistance through USDA’s Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC).…

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UMaine Space announces new seed grant awardees

The UMaine Space Initiative is pleased to announce recipients of a new seed grant program created to encourage innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations that result in rapid planning, team development, and research coordination in supported topical areas.  UMaine Space administers an Ideas Lab program…

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Strawberry bud weevil: Changing thresholds?

The strawberry bud weevil, Anthonomus signatus Say (also known simply as clipper), has long been considered one of the most important direct pests of strawberries in the United States. This pest has been reported to cause yield losses from 50 to 100% in some areas (Schaefers, 1981). The adult weevil is a…

Dogs sniff out destructive voles to help farmers with control

In 2021, Erik Larsen, owner of a cut flower farm in the Willamette Valley, saw his crop decimated by voles. So did many farmers and ranchers in western Oregon. Voles are members of the rodent family. Many species live in Oregon, including gray-tailed voles (Microtus canicaudus) that are commonly found in…

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USDA allocating more than $70M for crop protection projects

Project funding for tomato research and plant pest detector dog teams

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating more than $70 million to support 350 projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program as part of a nationwide effort to strengthen the country’s infrastructure for pest detection, surveillance, and mitigation, as well as protect the…

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Fresh produce most commonly seized undeclared item for NZ biosecurity officers

It's been a busy summer so far for biosecurity officers protecting New Zealand's borders from unwanted pests and diseases. Biosecurity officers screened over half a million…

"Early studies indicate that ozone can inactivate the virus"

Is ozone effective against ToBRFV?

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), under this acronym, hides one of the highest risks for tomato production in Europe. The level of alertness and monitoring against this virus is high for all tomato producers; in fact, the virus' characteristics make it dangerous and very expensive to eradicate. Since…

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Greenhouse sanitation is key to disease management

Proper greenhouse sanitation is important for healthy, disease-free vegetable transplant production. Efforts need to be made to keep transplant-production greenhouses free of unnecessary plant debris and weeds, which may harbor insect pests and diseases. Efforts need to be taken throughout the transplant…

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Beneficial nematodes doing their work in your crop

Beneficial nematodes are increasingly being used to control pests in an extensive range of crops. However, the two available nematode species do this job in their own way. They have different feeding behaviors; ambushing or cruising for their prey.    Casea Casea contains ambushing nematodes, Steinernema carpocapsae. Ambushing nematodes…

US (NY): New formulation from BioWorks shows good results for botrytis protection

BioWorks launched BotryStop WP, a newly formulated biological fungicide that delivers superior prevention and control of Botrytis when trialed against other biological and…

Automated beneficials dispenser saves money & helps optimize control

Offering fast and even distribution of beneficials in a wide range of glasshouse crops, Entomatic™ is a new adaptable automatic dispenser to help growers reduce labor costs and optimize control. Available worldwide exclusively from Biobest, Entomatic is the result of a collaboration with Hortiworld, the…

"The screen blocks 99% of pollen, and manages mold and micro-insects"

"AllergyGuard is the most advanced agricultural airborne pollen, mold, and micro-insect screen for complete greenhouse protection. AllergyGuard also replaces ag-plastic and ordinary mesh insect screens on all windows, doors, overhead slat vents, fan box covers, and ventilation control screens," the…

USDA completes environmental assessment for biological control agent of spotted-wing drosophila

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared a final environmental assessment (EA) that addresses the environmental impacts of releasing the insect Ganaspis brasiliensis to manage spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) populations in the contiguous United States. After…

New feeding strategy further improves Macrolophus-System performance

A new full-field feeding strategy for Macrolophus-System is helping optimize whitefly control in tomatoes and sweet peppers - by delivering further gains in predator activity and spread throughout these crops. "At Biobest, we constantly strive to optimize the performance of our products," explains Ines…

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New Zealand: Tomato crop destroyed after plant disease detected

Biosecurity officials are monitoring for any further signs of a plant disease found in a commercial crop at the top of the South Island, which can damage tomatoes and potatoes. The Ministry of Primary Industries said the virus, potato spindle tuber viroid (PTSVd), was detected on tomato plants in…

US: APHIS streamlines the process for updating pest regulation lists

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is revising the regulations governing domestic quarantines for various plant pests by…

Pepper growers should remain vigilant for new thrips threat

Pepper growers in Northern Europe need to remain vigilant for a potentially damaging new thrips pest species, Thrips parvispinus – warns Koen Merkus, IPM and Pollination Specialist at Biobest. “Over the past 4-5 years, Thrips parvispinus outbreaks have become more frequent in ornamental crops in the…

New ToBRFV information center launched

Since 2015, Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) has negatively impacted tomato production, now in at least 35 countries, with more instances occurring every year. With no end in sight for the virus, growers are searching for solutions to help minimize their risk. Now Syngenta Vegetable Seeds presents…

Biostimulants reduce chemical fertilization of the field by 30%

The "Nutrialgae" project, the only Spanish project included in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), achieves its goal of reducing the use of chemical fertilizers while increasing productivity. This project is part of the Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) initiative and is managed by the marine…

Hande Gökbakan, Export & Marketing Manager at Global Agrolian:

“We are eager to enter the Netherlands with our natural plant protection products”

"In Türkiye, the demand is already high, and we are eager to enter the Netherlands with our natural plant protection products," says Hande Gökbakan, Export & Marketing Manager at Global Agrolian. The aim of the Turkish company, founded in 1989, is to protect plants organically by contributing to the…

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Warning: Neopestalotiopsis threatens Florida strawberries

A familiar disease has made its presence known in South Florida strawberry fields this season. A rainy start to the growing season contributed to neopestalotiopsis being a problem already. “We had a little bit of a wet start, so there is some neopestalotiopsis out there, that new disease,” said Matt…

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Nebraska University clinic boosts state’s security against plant diseases and pests

Big stakes are involved in keeping plants safe from disease and pest assault. Each year in the United States, the damage and control costs from non-native plant pathogens total an estimated $21.5 billion. Meanwhile, the volume of plants entering the U.S. via ports is staggering — an estimated 2.8 billion…

Optimising Orius-System release strategy – keeping it simple and cost-effective

Optimizing Orius-System release strategy – keeping it simple and cost-effective “As part of our continuous product improvement program, we recently redesigned the packaging for our popular Orius-System,” says Biobest Product Manager Ines de Craecker. “The new 100% biodegradable cardboard carton contains…

Micothon develops mega vacuum cleaner to get rid of flying insects

Two years ago, during a networking event, there was an accidental meeting between Koppert Cress B.V. and Theo Straathof, the owner of Micothon B.V. They brainstormed about how to develop the most sustainable to get rid of the flying insects in crops without using chemicals. Theo Straathof shared his…

Sustainable solutions using biocontrol and IPM strategies

The demands being placed by policymakers on European farmers and growers with the introduction of the European Green Deal (2019) and its associated strategies are well-known, and the urgent need for action through the use of more sustainable practices to address the challenges posed by climate change and…

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New report outlines and quantifies catastrophic loss from the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)

iUNU published a new report on the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) titled Learning to Live With ToBRFV. The report contains information on how ToBRFV spreads, how to detect ToBRFV, diagnostics for every stage of production, and more. The report comprehensively looks at the risks of ToBRFV for…

Growers bugged by pests find help from WVU Extension

"We want to give growers more alternatives for crop protection"

Pests are a pain, so West Virginia University Extension is reaching out to growers and gardeners around the state about the dangers of pesticides and how to incorporate safe alternatives — such as barriers, insect traps, and introducing predatory insects that feed on pests. Carlos Quesada serves as the…

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“Our ToBRFV-resistant variety has been preferred by our producers in wide areas since 2020"

ToBRFV was first seen in Israel in 2014. In 2015, starting from the tomato-growing areas of Melilot, Beit Ezra, and Achivut, it rapidly spread throughout the country and was reported in Jordan in 2016. Subsequently, it has also been reported in the USA, Germany, Italy, France, Palestine, China, and the…

96% of pepper crops in Almeria and Granada use biological control against pests

HORTYFRUTA, Andalusia's Fruits and Vegetables interbranch organization, presented the results of a survey framed within the 'I Love Bichos. Naturally Protected Crops'…


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