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Health Canada proposes some neonic restrictions

Health Canada is proposing some restrictions on the use of three neonic pesticides for horticultural production but they would still be registered for use on field crops such as corn and soybeans.Meanwhile the department will continue working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of.....

Andalucía is free from Xylella fastidiosa

The regional government of Andalucía has declared that the region is free from the bacterium after 6,000 negative samples.On the other hand, according to a recent EC report, the measures applied in the Balearic Islands don’t guarantee its eradication. Taking into account that the disease is widespread.....

NL: Growing chrysanthemums without chemicals

His greenhouse is filled with only one single variety chrysanthemum. “The most beautiful and strongest one of all”, according to Kim de Waal, grower of green Anastasia blooms. The Preferred Supplier has become a passionate specialist in this variety over the years. “My next goal is to develop a 100% organic,.....

Biobest acquires equity stake in IVOG

Biobest Group NV has acquired a majority stake in IVOG biotechnical systems GmbH. IVOG is among the world’s largest manufacturers of sticky traps and rolls, a key tool for growers to put in place a successful biological control strategy. In 1983, IVOG was the first commercial producer of sticky traps. Biobest.....

"Prevention is the best way to manage greenhouse weeds"

Weeds can be especially troublesome in greenhouses. They starve plants of nutrients, water and light. They also protect insects, mites, rodents and other pests.“Not only are weeds a problem in and of themselves ... (but) many greenhouse weeds harbor other pests, including white fly, and may be an alternate.....

GreenGuard

Dümmen Orange and Koppert introduce IPM protocol

Dümmen Orange and Koppert Biological Systems have launched a new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocol called GreenGuard, in order to produce vital cuttings with minimal chemical use. GreenGuard ensures sustainable products for growers, retailers and consumers.GreenGuard is a new protocol in the industry.....

Increasing herbicide efficacy on roadways and other common areas

When controlling weeds on roadways and other common areas within the nursery many of us will apply a post emergent herbicide to control existing weeds, and a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds seeds from germinating. "So, if this is your current practice to keep these areas clean I wanted to save you a.....

Root disease profile: Botrytis

There are over 50 different pathogenic species of Botrytis. In horticulture, Botrytis cinerea is the most common and has the largest host range. Botrytis cinerea (Botrytis from Ancient Greek meaning “grapes” plus the Neo-Latin suffix –itis for disease) is a necrotrophic fungus that affects many plant.....

US: Agricultural Worker Protection Standard revised

EPA's Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The WPS offers occupational protections to over 2 million agricultural workers (people involved in the production of agricultural plants) and.....

Russian rose grower happy with biological crop protection

Russian company Yug-Agro started using biological crop protection four years ago. The company tried several suppliers, before settling on Koppert Russia. This partnership is reflected in the reduced use of chemical agents and in the many satisfied customers that praise Yug-Agro for its beautiful cut.....
Xanthomonas discovery

US: Plantpeddler cancels Dümmen Orange begonia orders

Dümmen Orange announced the discovery of Xanthomonas in their Begonia stock plants at their El Salvador production facilities on December 15, 2017. In light of this situation, Plantpeddler directly decided to cancel all future orders of Begonia cuttings from Dümmen Orange, they reported on December.....

US (NC): Honeybee research funding opens door to $1M UNCG grant

Olav Rueppell, Ph.D., says his research at the University of North Carolina Greensboro clearly illustrates how relatively small but timely grant funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center can have a big impact.The associate professor of biology leads a research program studying ways to improve the.....

US (MI): Pesticide applicator recertification credits available

Over the last few years, Michigan growers have requested more flexible and accessible online content to continue their integrated pest management (IPM) education and earn pesticide recertification credits. In response to those requests, Michigan State University Extension is pleased to announce a new, online.....
Nursery & Garden Industry Australia:

"Greater biosecurity harmonisation will help protect nursery industry"

The detection of 15 emergency plant pests in Australia in 2017 has placed even clearer focus on the need for the harmonisation of biosecurity measures across plant producers in all states and territories to protect the nation’s valuable nursery industry.The sector underpins more than $15 billion in national.....