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Urban horticulturists see the benefits of mycorrhizal fungi

Lately, there's been a lot of enthusiasm for urban horticulture and those who practice it are discovering the benefits of a healthy soil. However, due to the heat islands and wind factor on the roof of buildings, growing conditions can be stressful for plants.There are numerous challenges, but they can be.....

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Broad mites in ornamental crops: Scouting and sampling

In “Broad mites in ornamental crops – Part 1: Challenges and treatments,” Heidi Lindberg covered the challenges of controlling broad mites on ornamental plants. First, broad mites cannot be spotted with the naked eye or even with a 5x or 10x hand lens. Significant damage to the plant tissue is often only.....

Part 1

Broad mites in ornamental crops: Challenges and treatments

Western flower thrips and aphids have long been the most challenging insect pests in greenhouses. More recently, broad mites (Photo 1) have been posing a more serious threat for greenhouse growers. Broad mites are a potential threat to some of the most important Michigan floriculture crops. According to my.....

UK businesses hope to avert xylella fastidiosa threat

Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world. It can cause severe losses in a wide range of hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreak in the UK.An outbreak of this disease, where several.....

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Biobest launches Bluestim in the USA

Biobest Group is launching Bluestim into the USA Market. Bluestim is a new plant anti-stress agent that will be featured at Biobest’s booth during the Cultivate’17 show, in Columbus, Ohio (July 15th-18th).“Developed by Lallemand Plant Care, Bluestim enhances crop performance under environmentally stressful.....

Parasitizing wasps offer hope against devastating lily beetle

Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle, which has devastated the plants in many areas statewide, across the Northeast and in Canada.But now researchers have released parasitoid wasps as a natural control and alternative to pesticides at three test.....

UK: New plant protection products identified to help ornamental growers

The results from a three-year crop protection project have identified several effective novel chemical products and biopesticides for the control of pests and diseases to help support growers of ornamental crops.Two products tested within the trials, which finished in spring 2017, are already available for.....

Xylella fastidiosa arrives in the Iberian Peninsula

Xylella fastidiosa, until now present in the Balearic Islands, has made the leap to the Iberian Peninsula.The corresponding regional authorities have detected it in an almond farm located in Guadalest (Alicante).Just knowing the news, the measures foreseen in the contingency plan designed for this purpose.....

Stockton signs distribution agreement with Duwest Guatemala

Stockton STK has signed a renewable long term exclusive distribution agreement for high potential growth crops with Duwest for Timorex Gold biofungicide in Guatemala and Belize.“With Timorex Gold we are confident we can leverage our current portfolio by providing growers with an environmentally responsible.....

Thinking ahead:

Preventing Lewis mite damage in poinsettias

2016 turned out to be a bad year for Lewis mite (Eotetranychus lewisi) in poinsettia. Although it’s too early to say how 2017 is going to go, you should be considering possible preventative measures This week for Lewis mite, especially if you have a history of Lewis mite with your cuttings. Treatment of this.....

Pest management with Mainman – the season so far

Mainman is a novel insecticide for the management of insect pests in ornamental crops. Adrian Jackson of Belchim Crop Protection Ltd provides an insight into the product’s pest control potential and feeds back the views and practical experiences of some UK ornamental growers.Text and photos: Adrian.....

poinsettia and mum rewards program

US: Nufarm shares plans for Cultivate'17

Nufarm announces plans for Cultivate’17, including the debut of its 2017 Poinsettia and Mum Rewards Program offering “Build Your Own Bundle” grower choice across a range of preferred Nufarm insecticides, miticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators.Cultivate ’17 will be held on July 15-18 in Columbus,.....

LSU AgCenter researchers receive USDA grant to study pollinator health

LSU AgCenter entomologists Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale received nearly a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study honeybee health.The LSU AgCenter is one of seven universities to receive part of $6.8 million the USDA is investing in.....

Healthier root environment for chrysanthemum, poinsettia and cyclamen

Biobest has recently introduced the plant protection product Asperello T34 Biocontrol in the US and several European Markets. This biological fungicide based on Trichoderma asperellum T34 has proven to strengthen plant roots. Trials with chrysanthemum, poinsettia and cyclamen show that unequivocally. Biobest.....