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UK: Bionema launches NemaTrident pest control product

Bionema is a UK based biotechnology company which launched its new UK nematode pest control product at the recent Four Oaks Trade Show.NemaTrident is a Tri-Component biological pest control system. This product boasts 20-30% more efficiency and up to 95% kill rates for vine weevil in horticultural.....

How you may be killing your predatory mites

Recently, Sarah Jandricic, Greenhouse Floriculture IPM Specialist, OMAFRA, had an interaction with a grower where their long-standing biocontrol program for thrips suddenly seemed to be failing. After a (too long) investigation by herself, the grower, and consultants, they found out the horrible truth: their.....

MSU Professor awarded for Achievement in Horticultural Entomology

Dr. David Smitley, a professor and Michigan State University extension specialist, has been awarded the Entomological Society of America's 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology.The award honors Dr. Smitley for his achievements and contributions to the American horticulture.....

US (FL): Greenhouse Training Online: Weed Management

Join the 488 growers who have successfully graduated from Greenhouse Training Online courses offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF). This intermediate course is designed for growers with some experience and training, and offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for many States in the United.....

"Bloomia vs. pests? Not anymore"

Hungry insects love to make a meal out of plants. The more destructive ones create serious problems to growing beautiful flowers, and even minor pests can reduce the quality and vase-life.Bloomia is fighting pests with out-of-the-box thinking. In fact, they’re not doing the fighting at all. They’re letting.....

US (NY): Call for nominations for Excellence in IPM Awards

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program seeks nominations for its annual “Excellence in IPM Awards” for the Year 2017.CriteriaCandidates for Excellence in IPM Awards should be individuals or organizations whose work in New York State in IPM deserves special recognition. They can be.....

US: BASF introduces Pageant TR Intrinsic brand fungicide

BASF introduces Pageant TR Intrinsic brand fungicide, the newest in its line of Total Release fungicide and insecticide solutions. Pageant TR is designed for the professional ornamental grower who demands a quick and convenient way to apply crop protection on greenhouse ornamentals any time during the.....

UK: Plant Health Assurance Scheme to be launched in 2018

There is a new Plant Health Assurance Scheme (PHAS) in development which, if successful through its current pilot phase, will be launched in spring 2018. The aim of the scheme is to improve plant health management at nursery level. This will help mitigate against the risks of pests and diseases such as.....

Potential causes of Poinsettia collapse and solutions

From now until mid-November is when you’ll most likely see plant losses in poinsettia due to severe wilting. These losses can be considerable: anywhere from 2-15% in Niagara operations in past years. Pythium may be considered the most “likely” culprit in Poinsettia in this area, but this isn’t always the.....

US: New boxwood blight best management practices released

A lot can change in five years, especially in terms of research. Back in 2012, the US nursery production world was still reeling from the discovery of boxwood blight the year prior. The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) quickly established a fund dedicated to boxwood blight research and a boxwood blight.....

A brief guide to hand lenses

Arthropods, including plant pests and biocontrol agents, are often difficult to identify with the naked eye. A hand lens, also called a loupe, is therefore an important tool for a grower, scout, horticulturalist, and others who want to identify arthropods in the field and make informed decisions. However, it.....

US (TX): Crapemyrtle pest to be targeted by $3.3 million grant

The most popular flowering shrub in the U.S. has a new ally in a fight against a new, devastating exotic pest.A $3.3 million grant will fund the study “Systematic Strategies to Manage Crapemyrtle Bark Scale” to be led by Dr. Mengmeng Gu, associate professor and ornamental horticulturist for Texas A&M.....

US: Nufarm announces former Emblem Fungicide name to Spirato GHN

Nufarm announces Spirato GHN as the product brand name and label to represent its versatility-focused ornamental and greenhouse vegetable fungicide going forward. While the name has changed, the formulation of Spirato GHN remains the same as the product formerly known as Emblem".Spirato GHN fungicide is.....

UK environment secretary Michael Gove:

"Europe must step up action against spread of fatal plant disease"

Europe must implement greater protections against a disease that could threaten UK plants and trees, including oaks, the environment secretary Michael Gove has said.The horticulture sector is also being urged to take action to prevent Xylella fastidiosa, which is having a devastating impact on plants such as.....