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Combating vine weevil successfully

The black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus, is a pest in many ornamental crops (e.g. rhododendron, cyclamen and azalea), as well as in strawberries and other fruit crops in both temperate and sub-tropical regions. Biological solutionsThe larvae and pupae of the black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) can.....

Germany: New insurance for Xylella, ALB and CLB

Gartenbau-Versicherung (GV, Wiesbaden), a horticultural insurance company, is looking at offering insurance protecting against the consequences of quarantine orders in the event of the occurrence of certain quarantine pests. The Board of GV has announced a corresponding decision by its supervisory board.by.....

US: New product alleviates ethylene damage

Ethylene damage is one of the most important factors contributing to shrinkage at retail stores. During shipping and retail conditions, plants are exposed to high levels of ethylene which can cause flower bud abortion, petal shatter, and leaf yellowing, leaving retail stores with reduced quality plants and.....

Kenya: BASIS crop protection class still open for enrolment

BASIS is a benchmark professional course suitable for practising agronomists and is an industry standard that exposes learners to the global perspective in horticulture production, best practice in crop protection that concern safety of operators, consumers and the environment. It also keeps pace with.....

"In Kalanchoes, visible differences within just one week"

Kwekerij de Veranda, based in Poeldijk in the Netherlands, offers Kalanchoe plants in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors. As such, it was an ideal nursery to obtain a research permit to evaluate the effect of Asperello T34 Biocontrol on Fusarium wilt.Reduce losses“We were looking for an effective.....

"Asperello T34 Biocontrol can limit fungal spread"

Biobest investigated the effect of Asperello T34 Biocontrol on soilborne pathogens in fern. The work was carried out with a research permit at ‘De Zonnenbloem Jonge Planten’, in De Kwakel, Netherlands.‘De Zonnenbloem Jonge Planten’ specialises in propagating a wide variety of potted plants and ferns. With.....

Greencare steps at the Dümmen Orange farm in Ethiopia

"Implementing our GreenGuard protocol helps us to produce our cuttings using as few chemicals as possible. In addition, Greencare is our hygiene and control programme that helps us supply clean material and substantially reduces the risk of infection. These two programmes complement each other. We are proud.....

CAN (ON): It’s “B” season - Watch for Botrytis, Broad Mite and Burn

Although native bees and honeybees may just be starting to gather strength and are beginning to fly outside, other “B’s” have been of growing concern in the greenhouse for some time now.These include common spring bedding crop problems like Botrytis cinera (aka grey mold), Broad mites, and leaf burn (from a.....

Xylella is spreading through Spain and arrives in Madrid

Regional authorities have just activated an action plan after locating a Xylella fastidiosa positive in Madrid.It is an olive tree in the municipality of Villarejo de Salvanés, in the southeast of the region.In October 2013, the bacterium was detected for the first time in Europe, in southern Italy. In 2015,.....

Australia: Production nursery workshops are on the way

Growers are encouraged to save the date for two upcoming production nursery pest and disease management workshops scheduled for the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia (SA) this June.The workshops are scheduled for the below dates and locations:Wednesday, 13 June, Berrimah farm, Darwin, NTFriday, 15.....

Study to identify enzymes in bees that determine neonicotinoid sensitivity

A joint study by Exeter University, Rothamsted Research and Bayer has discovered enzymes in honey bees and bumble bees that determine how sensitive they are to different neonicotinoid insecticides.As in other organisms, toxins in bees can be broken down by enzymes called cytochrome P450s. The researchers.....

US (MI): MSU holds pollinator health meetings

Local Michigan State University Extension educators are partnering with MSU researchers to create three Pollinator Health Meetings this spring to discuss projects MSU and the opportunities in your area for supporting pollinators. This is part of a three-year, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded.....

Greenhouse growers, are you ready for thrips?

As greenhouse producers are preparing for spring and the flowers become more numerous, it is time to get ready for those dreaded thrips.by Sinclair Adam - saa19@psu.eduWell over a dozen species of thrips feed on greenhouse crops, with the most important species being the western flower thrips, Frankliniella.....

New Zealand: New approach to manage myrtle rust

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation say the fight against the plant disease myrtle rust is changing gear, given the prevalence of the disease across susceptible parts of New Zealand.Myrtle rust has now been confirmed in the Tasman region at the top of the South.....