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"Eupeodes-System – part of powerful new and improved aphid control strategy"

With a strong focus on innovation, Biobest’s new Eupeodes-System is a powerful new addition to its aphid control strategy. Uniquely providing dual ecosystem services - simultaneously controlling aphid infestations and contributing to pollination of several crops - Eupeodes-System is in a category of its…

How far-red light enrichment modulates tomato resistance towards Botrytis cinerea

Red and blue light are the major wavelength which are absorbed by leaf tissue and used for photosynthesis while others, i.e yellow and green light are reflected giving the…

"Andersoni-system well suited to Spanish raspberries"

Raspberry growers in south west Spain tend to have two crops, at different stages, in production at the same time. One is grown from established bushes previously pruned back, while the second crop is planted more recently. By adopting this cropping practice, Spanish raspberry growers are successfully…

USDA

USDA releases 2019 Annual Pesticide Data Program Summary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the 2019 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The summary shows that nearly 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each year, USDA and EPA work…

Wageningen University & Research

New testing method available for Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)

Prime Diagnostics, part of Wageningen University & Research, has developed a new antiserum that can specifically detect Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) in infected plant material and seeds. The antiserum is intended to be used in DAS-ELISA, a testing method commonly used by inspection services…

Oro Agri taken over by Rovensa

Oro Agri, known for the orange oil growers use all over the world as an insecticide and fungicide, is being taken over by Rovensa Group. The group of suppliers of biological crop protection agents…

Nichino America establishes subsidiary in Mexico

Nichino America has formed a new subsidiary, Nichino Mexico de S. de R.L. de C.V., to manage and promote the crop protection business in Mexico. The establishment of Nichino…

Cleanfarms

CAN (PE): Cleanfarms is collecting unwanted agricultural pesticides this fall

This fall, farmers in Prince Edward Island (PEI) can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and old, obsolete livestock and equine medications through a Cleanfarms clean-up program. Cleanfarms is operating the collection events at seven local ag retailer locations from November 2 to 13. “We…

Plant Health Centre

UK: CaLiber consortium secures £2.3M funding to continue research on ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’

A new consortium named “CaLiber” has assembled to research the bacterial plant pathogen ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’, its insect vectors, and its potential impact on UK crops. These organisms are considered an emerging threat to agriculture in the UK and are included in the Defra Plant Health…

Colourbox

Biologists at FAU identify a protein which recognises Cuscuta as a parasite

Plants communicate at a molecular level

Working together with researchers from the University of Tübingen, the University of Tromsø, the UC Davis and the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, biologists from FAU have discovered how tomato plants identify Cuscuta as a parasite. The plant has a protein in its cell walls that is identified as…

Rovensa to acquire Oro Agri

Rovensa has agreed to acquire Oro Agri, a provider of environmentally friendly biocontrol solutions with international reach, from the Omnia Group. The acquisition of Oro Agri reinforces Rovensa as…

Biobest’s Eupeodes-System wins Bernard Blum Award 2020

Eupeodes-System - Biobest’s new addition to its aphid control strategy - has been awarded the prestigious Bernard Blum Award - for the most innovative new biological control product for 2020. “A naturally occurring hoverfly, Eupeodes corollae is indigenous throughout Europe and further afield,” says R&D…

Patrice Sellès, CEO of Biotalys:

“We need to focus on a sustainable crop protection solution for everyone”

The demand for organic produce has continued to grow and expand in the last decade, driven by consumer demand for sustainable and clean products. Conventional and organic produce are often seen as opposites by the consumers: conventional produce as using potentially harmful pesticides, fungicides, and…

Andrii Yalanskyi | Dreamstime.com

Science diplomacy for plant health

"Global food security can only be addressed if we consider its complexity"

"Global food security is one of the main societal challenges of the twenty-first century that can only be addressed if we consider its complexity: an increased human population with changing dietary habits will have to produce more on degraded land, with plant varieties whose yield can barely be…

American Society for Microbiology

A high-quality genome resource of Botrytis fragariae

Although Botrytis fragariae was only recently identified as a new Botrytis species that causes strawberry gray mold, its prevalence extends to many states of the eastern United States. Compared with B. cinerea, which is known to be the causal agent of gray mold on many crop plants including strawberry,…

UK: Tyfu Cymru takes plant health online

If there is one thing Wales’ growers have in common, it’s the shared passion, pride and desire to consistently deliver high quality plants and produce. But you can’t have…

Koppert recommends the application of the biological fungicide TRIANUM®

How to properly protect strawberry crops from the moment they are transplanted

The days immediately after transplanting a strawberry plant are a key moment that will determine its growth and health during the rest of its life cycle. In those first days, the plant is fragile and needs to be protected from soil pathogens such as Fusarium, Sclerotinia, Rhizoctonia or Phytium, which…

First draft genome resource for the tomato black leaf mold pathogen Pseudocercospora fuligena

Pseudocercospora fuligena is a fungus that causes black leaf mold, an important disease of tomato in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Despite its economic…

"Ty-2 and Ty-3a conferred resistance insufficient against TYLCKaV"

Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV), a monopartite begomovirus that originated in the eastern Mediterranean, has spread worldwide, becoming a serious threat to tomato…

University of Guam keeps an eye out for deadly tomato pests

The University of Guam received another round of funding in September under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Protection Act for the surveying and monitoring of invasive pests of solanaceous crops that are on USDA’s Priority Pest List for 2021. Solanaceae, or nightshades, are a family of flowering…

Login to interact with Biobest at ABIM

With this year’s Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) moving to a digital platform, Biobest is very much looking forward to having the opportunity to meet distributors,…

Mystery solved: How do tips of plants stay virus-free?

Plants are able to keep growing indefinitely because they have tissues made of meristems—plant stem cells—which have the unique ability to transform themselves into the various specialized cells that make up the plant, dividing whenever appropriate and producing new cells of whatever type as needed.…

Svensson

Svensson launches new product family, Xsect

"What you get out of your greenhouse depends what you let into it"

Svensson debuts its 6th product family for insect control. The new Xsect range consists of screen solutions designed to keep the good insects inside the greenhouse and the bad ones out. Excluding pests is the most effective insect control method and first line of defense in an integrated pest management…

Chinese scientists decrypt the genetic code of the native bumblebee

Recently, under the leadership of the Institute of Bee Research of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and in cooperation with many domestic and foreign scientific research institutions, the high-quality reference genome sequences of 16 species of domestic bumblebees in China have been drawn for…

CAN (SK): Cleanfarms is collecting unwanted agricultural pesticides

This fall, farmers in southern Saskatchewan can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and old, obsolete livestock and equine medications through a Cleanfarms…

Impact of UV-C radiation on disease sensitivity and fruit quality of strawberry

Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation is efficient in reducing the development of diseases in many species, including strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa). Several studies suggest that UV-C radiation is effective not only because of its disinfecting effect but also because it may stimulate plant defenses. In a new…

University of Georgia

UGA researcher to study potential use of essential oils in organic blueberry production

Organic fruit and vegetable growers want to meet the recent uptick in national consumer demand, but they need additional tools to battle pests and diseases that often accompany organic crop growth. by Josh Paine One such tool may be the use of essential oils. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Controlling relative humidity to prevent powdery mildew

Powdery mildew is a dreaded disease in strawberry cultivation. The fungus spreads quickly, and infected strawberry fruits cannot be sold. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research is investigating whether climate control in the greenhouse can prevent…

Dave Kaye

Insights from the British Tomato Conference

The struggle to contain ToBRFV

If you could name one virus that has dominated headlines in the horticulture industry, apart from the obvious choice of course, chances are ToBRFV will come to mind. The tomato virus has been plaguing growers around the world, and slowly but surely the industry is coming to grips with it. Breeders like Bayer and Enza Zaden are…

Electrochemical weeding in agriculture

The SEWIA project (selective electrochemical weeding in agriculture) will develop new tools, enabling farmers to use modern methods for selective weeding in vegetable…

Selection of tomato and cucumber accessions for waterlogging sensitivity

Waterlogging anomalies have recently increased, causing a reduction in yield and the loss of billions of dollars. Plant selection for increased tolerance to stress factors requires parameters with high sensitivity, as well as fast and inexpensive measurements. The aim of this study was to select tomato…

KU Leuven

Belgian researchers test agrivoltaic power generation in pear orchard

A Belgian energy research team - led by the KU Leuven - has developed an agrivoltaic pilot project in Bierbeek. They specifically designed the system for orchard crops. The pilot is of the first outcome of a  technology transfer project funded by the Flemish government and co-funded by 20 unspecified companies.…

Enza Zaden identifies gene with high levels of resistance against ToBRFV

Enza Zaden reports it found a solution for tomato growers to beat the devastating Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). Their tomato breeding team has identified the gene that provides high resistance to the worldwide rapidly spreading virus. A lot at stake for tomato growersSergio de la Fuente van…

Biobest

Spotlight on broad mites

Broad mites (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) prefer young plants and are typically found feeding on the newest growth. Active year-round in glasshouse crops, this tiny pest can cause plants to become deformed and stunted. Indeed, failure to control broad mites in time often leads to unmarketable plants, fruit discoloration and even…

From October 26 to November 20, 2020

University of Florida Greenhouse organizes Weed Management courses

Understand all aspects of weed management in nurseries and greenhouses including weed identification, developing herbicide programs, and the latest non-chemical methods of…

Talete, from SP Soluciones Agrícolas

A biostimulant reduces water consumption in strawberry crops by 25-30%

This biostimulant improves the plants' ability to absorb and retain water, both in cases of scarcity and in optimal conditions. Strawberry field before applying Talete Strawberry field after applying Talete The photographs, taken on 05/18/2020, show that there is no difference between the areas irrigated at…

US (CA): Settlement with pest control company for work performed in seven counties

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has reached a settlement agreement with Pestmaster Services, Inc., over multiple alleged violations of pesticide laws and…

Facts about the tomato leaf miner moth Tuta absoluta

The tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta, which originates from South America, has been popping up everywhere for the last twelve years. This tropical moth particularly likes protected crops grown in nice and warm conditions. But this moth is a true nuisance that is also a master of concealment. So, be extra…

Space nematodes: a giant leap for interplanetary agriculture

In a successful return-to-space mission, research study results indicate that beneficial insect-killing nematodes (small round worms) can be used in the future for natural…

Heike Scholz-Döbelin (LWK NRW)

ToBRFV: New case in Germany, eradicated from Poland

In Germany, tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO Alert List) was found for the first time in Nordrhein-Westfalen in July 2018 in seven greenhouses producing tomato fruit (Solanum lycopersicum) and eradicated in July 2019 (EPPO RS 2019/012, 2019/145). The NPPO of Germany recently…

Reference genome for research on host response to Verticillium

Verticillium dahliae is a widespread fungal pathogen that causes Verticillium wilt on many economically important crops and ornamentals worldwide. Populations of V. dahliae…

Light spectrum blocking film to reduce spotted wing Drosophila populations

Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is a serious invasive pest impacting the production of multiple fruit crops, including soft and stone fruits such as strawberries,…

Sesame curly top virus, SeCTV, threatens vegetable and ornamental plants in Iran

Sesame curly top virus (SeCTV) is a new species of the genus Turncurtovirus in the family Geminiviridae and was reported for the first time in sesame in Iran in 2018. To…

Arizona tomato grower responds to ToBRFV in their tomato plants

Organic certified produce grower and distributor Wholesum Harvest is in the process of burning all the plants inside one of its greenhouses after they were infected with…

Autogrow

webinar, September 29

Combating harmful crop pests without spraying more chemicals

Registrations for the Autogrow webinar Combating Harmful Crop Pests Without Spraying More Chemicals are now open. For this interview-style webinar, guest expert, Applied Entomologist, Dr. Mette Nielsen will be sharing her insights on how to plan for and manage pest infestations on your crops. The webinar…

A novel regulator of stomatal immunity in tomato

The ability of a pathogen to successfully colonize a plant is determined in large part by its capacity to rapidly enter the host tissue. While most fungal pathogens secrete cuticle- and cell wall-degrading enzymes or use mechanical force to breach the epidermis (Mendgen et al., 1996), phytopathogenic…

Proprietary tomato plant that alerts farmer via iPhone when it's sick

InnerPlant, Inc., developer of genetically adapted living plant sensors, today launched its first sentinel plant, InnerTomato living sensor, a proprietary tomato plant that alerts…

UCANR

US (FL): Neopestalotiopsis fruit rot warning

There is a new disease that has been reported on strawberries, and it is causing substantial issues for the strawberry industry in Florida. It is possible that the environment in Georgia is not conducive to the disease, but growers should be diligent and on the lookout without regard. Fungal…

Antifungal activity of gallic acid against Alternaria

Tomato is among the most important vegetable crops worldwide. Early blight disease, caused by Alternaria solani, is a destructive foliar disease of tomato and other Solanaceae species. In a recent study, researchers investigated the in vitro antifungal properties of gallic acid and two of its derivatives…

RISE joins more than 300 pesticide user groups in support of pesticide regulation

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) joined more than 300 organizations engaged with pesticide products to urge members of Congress to support the availability…

Webinar on internal rot of capsicum

Project VG17012 is focused on identifying the organism(s) that cause internal rot. Management techniques will be developed to prevent infection as well as minimise the risk of sending unacceptable fruit to market.  In this webinar, Dr Jenny Ekman and Dr Len Tesoriero discussed the project results so far. These…

Kevin Vandevelde about Pepino mosaic virus vaccine:

"Easy to verify that all plants have been properly vaccinated"

Kevin Vandevelde is the head of cultivation and manager of Les Serres des Hauts de France in Arques, Pas-de-Calais. After having worked in the family business in Belgium, he crossed the border to construct nine ha of tomato greenhouses, divided into two sections. Koppert did an interview with him about…

Cleanfarms

Cleanfarms collects unwanted pesticides and medication

Cleanfarms is gearing up to run its 2020 fall collection program for unwanted agricultural pesticides and obsolete livestock, equine and poultry medications so that farmers can dispose of these old materials safely and securely. Containers being returned  This year, Cleanfarms is running 65 collection events…

Eupeodes-System remains effective until late in the season

"Eupeodes corollae is found naturally all over Europe, from the Mediterranean to northern Europe," says Ines De Craecker, Product Manager Beneficials at Biobest. “Being a cold tolerant species, it is equally active in cooler autumn conditions. While some beneficials need warmer temperatures to perform,…

Certis Europe's biorationals:

Plant protection, specific to the pests and diseases they control

Certis Europe provides Integrated Crop Management programmes, using all possible products and technologies in different crops, countries and conditions. “We’ve been working on that for many years now,” says Francisco Torres, Portfolio Lead for Speciality Crops at Certis Europe. Its Growing for the Future…

Larger commercial production of Spear products

Daniel Peck joined Vestaron Corp. a year ago in what became a timely indoctrination into the fledgling company’s mission to improve the safety, efficacy and sustainability of crop protection through displacement of chemical pesticides with biological peptides. Peck, a Ph.D. who earned his doctorate in…

Eden Research received approval for Cedroz in Spain

Eden Research plc, the AIM-quoted company focused on sustainable biopesticides and plastic-free formulation technology for use in global crop protection, animal health and…

Can biopesticides help to protect crops against whiteflies?

Whiteflies are one of the world's most widespread field, garden, and greenhouse insects. These pale, tiny pests are very dangerous and are known for their devastating effects on most agricultural crops. Worldwide there are over 1500 species of whiteflies, with dozens of those species causing the most…

Koppert recommends adapting biological control to the needs of each farm

Greater incidence of thrips at the start of the pepper campaign in Almería

The start of the 2020/21 pepper campaign in the greenhouses of Almería has been marked by a significant growth in the presence of viruses transmitted by thrips (Frankiniella occidentalis). In some cases, the rebound of this pest since the beginning of the new crop cycle has been favored by bad practices…

US (NJ): Reflex 2SL received 24(c) SLN label for transplanted pepper and tomato

A 24(c) Special Local Needs label has been recently approved for New Jersey for use of Reflex herbicide for Control of Weeds in Transplanted Tomatoes and Transplanted Peppers.…

Bacillus velezensis inhibits fusarium oxysporum growth, induces systemic resistance to CMV

Bacillus velezensis manifests robust biocontrol activity against fungal plant pathogens; however, its antiviral activity has rarely been investigated. Bacillus velezensis strain PEA1 was isolated, characterized, and evaluated for antifungal and antiviral activities against Fusarium oxysporum  and cucumber…

Switzerland: new manufacturing plant by Syngenta Group

Syngenta Group opens its first manufacturing facility since the formation of the Group in June 2020. This step marks a strategic investment in the Group's Crop Protection business. It is also an important building block in the Group's overall strategy to drive growth, upgrade delivery and continue market…

"This is the gene!"

Newly identified gene grants tomatoes resistance to bacterial speck disease

Bacterial speck disease, which reduces both fruit yield and quality, has been a growing problem in tomatoes over the last five years. Because the culpable bacterium prefers a cool and wet climate, crops in places such as New York State have been particularly susceptible. A tomato plant with the newly…

University of Reading

Research on zero-residue fruit production

Researchers at the University of Reading are working with colleagues in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Spain on the production of zero-residue apples and strawberries. The produce is aimed at the baby food and specialist juice and flavourings markets. The research, which is funded by…

University of Florida IFAS Extension organises online courses

How to prevent and manage diseases in nurseries and greenhouses

Learn how to prevent and manage diseases in nurseries and greenhouses. Disease Management is the fourth course of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training courses offered…

Norway: Local bumblebees for local growers

Bumblebees make excellent pollinators; a single bumblebee is as effective as five honeybees when it comes to pollinating raspberry crops. Growers also benefit from the fact bumblebees get to work earlier in the year, when temperatures are lower. Unlike honeybees, that only tend to fly in good weather,…

New automatic sprayer with precise flow control

Polish greenhouse equipment manufacturer Maryniaczyk announces their newest project, an automatic sprayer with very precise liquid flow control, the HSE 300.  The tank is 300 liter, and the capacity of the batteries is 280 AH. An option is to add a charging station. The changing of the battery cassette takes…

Cornell CALS

Netting against spotted wing drosophila in berries

At the Berry Patch farm in Stephentown, New York, big, ripe blueberries are waiting to be picked. The farm is experiencing one of its best seasons to date, thanks to better management of fall infestations of spotted wing drosophila (SWD), part of a research collaboration with Greg Loeb, professor of…

Camille Picard (EPPO)

First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Cyprus

The NPPO of Cyprus recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO Alert List) on its territory. The virus was detected in a greenhouse (4 ha) producing tomato fruit (Solanum lycopersicum) in the village of Ayia Napa (district…

Almeria: Verticillium wilt on Eggplants

In autumn 2018, diseased eggplant plants (cvs. Thelma, Amalia, Monarca, and Cristal) were observed in various greenhouses in the Almería province, Spain, where eggplant is a significant crop (around 2,500 ha). The first symptoms developed 30 to 45 days after transplanting, on 5 to 15% of plants. Affected…

Luc van Wylick, Wymo Venlo:

"Steaming strawberry containers and trays to prevent re-contamination"

The end of steaming the strawberry containers is in sight. Strawberries will be planted soon. Everything must be spic and span prior to the new planting season. Working with clean materials is paramount. Luc van Wylick of Wymo Venlo: "To prevent red root rot and re-contamination with Phytophthora, you…

CAN: Biobest's Bluestim approved for Canada

Biobest has announced that Bluestim has been approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to use in Canada. Indoor and outdoor food, ornamental, turf and cannabis producers can rest a little easier. If stressful conditions challenge their crops, Bluestim has their back. "Bluestim contains the highest…

Bionema

Investment in bioprotection to increase organic food production

Bionema, a UK-based biopesticide technology developer, is working on eco-friendly solutions to reduce the chemical residue on crops and increase organic food production. However, founder and CEO Dr Minshad Ansari is concerned that, although there are many products in development, the limited number of…

UK: New science initiative aims to tackle bacterial plant threats

A new initiative on bacterial plant diseases has just begun with support from the UK Research and Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund and specifically funded by UKRI-BBSRC, UKRI-NERC, DEFRA and the Scottish Government. This was driven both by the emergence of bacterial plant diseases and by concern…

Growers' organization Coag asks seed houses to stop selling smoke and mirrors

Concern in Andalusia due to the high incidence of viruses in vegetable crops

The head for Fruits and Vegetables at Coag Andalucía and provincial secretary of Coag Almería, Andrés Góngora, has warned of the huge concern among Andalusian agricultural…

UK: New bioscience products help growers with soil health

Following the launch of Agrovista’s Innovation Range earlier this year, five new products have been added to help address the importance of soil health and crop establishment.…

Beetle management: low tunnels or row covers?

Based on the results of recent striped cucumber beetle management research, Cornell vegetable specialists recommend removing low tunnels once cucumber plants begin producing fruit, even when growing varieties that do not require pollination. The use of row covers for managing the challenging pest that…

Europe introducing new measures to prevent the spread of ToBRFV

The European Commission has recently published an implementing regulation containing measures to prevent the introduction and spread in the Union of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). The regulation establishes strict measures for seeds and plant material for the planting of Solanum…

IPM strategy against Tuta absoluta in South India

Tomato is one of the most popular vegetables grown in South Asian countries, including India. Introduction of any invasive species to a new environment has always resulted in serious ecological and economical threats globally. One such widely effected invasive pest in tomato cultivation is Tuta absoluta,…

BioBee

Creating a 'standing army' in the fight against pests

One of the challenges of biologically based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is that natural enemies can only establish once pests are present. This head start allows pests to reproduce, causing plant damage, increasing the time and expense required for pest control and sometimes solicits chemical…

Plant & Food Research

New Zealand: Tamarixia release project grower information and guides

The three-year SFF programme to improve the control of TPP with Tamarixia finished on the 30th June 2020. The project, which started in 2016 following approval for the importation and release of Tamarixia triozae, a parasitic wasp of TPP, with the goal of establishing self-sustaining populations of…

control of aphids in leafy vegetables and brassica

US (CA): Versys Inscalis insecticide approved for use

BASF’s Versys insecticide has received registration for use in California on a variety of crop groups, including brassicas/cole crops, leaf and stem vegetables, pome fruit and stone fruit. Versys insecticide delivers effective control against aphids while being gentle on beneficial insects and…

Root-knot nematode of tomato

North Carolina ranks 10th in the nation for tomato production, with about 3,300 acres of tomato harvested per year and about $52 million in annual sales. Tomatoes are grown in the field, greenhouse settings, and home gardens statewide. Tomato plants can be susceptible to root-knot nematodes, which are microscopic roundworms…

'Natural fungicide and bactericide poised to save the banana'

A natural fungicide and bactericide is motivating the multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry with promises of ending one of the most serious fungi on bananas plants,…

Downy mildew in spinach

Downy mildew of spinach, caused by the obligate pathogen Peronospora effusa, remains the most important constraint in the major spinach production areas in the United States. This disease can…

Cinnerate expands use for aphid & disease control in vegetables

Sym-Agro’s Cinnerate broad-spectrum insecticide, fungicide and miticide gives vegetable growers a new tool to protect their crops from disease, aphids and more. “Aphids can…

“This fungicide is a game-changer in the US”

The first-ever hybrid fungicide was recently approved by the EPA in the United States. It has been used successfully in 14 countries around the world outside of the USA already. STK Bio-ag Technologies is now rolling out this product in America with the help of its partner in that country, Summit Agro…

TomatoesNZ

The tomato red spider mite in New Zealand

At the end of May, Biosecurity New Zealand (the Ministry for Primary Industries) found two small populations of tomato red spider mite (Tetranychus evansi) on nightshade weeds at two Auckland locations during routine surveillance. Industries potentially affected by this pest include tomatoes, capsicum,…

Knowledge Transfer Network

Integrated Pest Management and the Future of Farming

IPM is not a new concept but there’s a current push for its wider implementation. This is mainly due to the EU ban on most types of chemical pest control in the last few years…

Pinduoduo

Pinduoduo ties up with Singapore's A*Star to develop low-cost tests for pesticides

Food adulteration may trump even drug trafficking as one of the most significant international areas of crime due to the difficulties of enforcing safety standards across jurisdictions, according to the head of a top food safety research institute.The problem is compounded by the complexity of the global…


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