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Turkey: Downy mildew caused by Peronospora chlorae on lisianthus

Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), also known as Texas bluebell, belongs to the family Gentianaceae. Lisianthus is a cut flower crop and is grown as an annual in İzmir, Turkey where greenhouse production exceeded 4 million plants produced from an area of 5.6 hectares in 2016 (Tüik, 2017). In June 2017,.....

The new era of pesticides in Canada

It seems there is never a dull moment in the greenhouse ornamental industry these days. From transitions to new crops, new export requirements, to novel pest problems, the industry has seen a lot of change… and it’s not over yet. The industry is also going to be facing changes regarding some commonly used.....

Rob Matheusen, Gebroeders Valstar:

"I use the website to quickly find answers to practical questions"

From the results of a recent survey of their website, the Biobest Group has been able to improve and renew its website to make it more customer focussed. Rob Matheusen, the manager of the Damsigt facility of Gebroeders Valstar, completed the survey and was the lucky winner of an iPad, recently presented to.....

The implications of Brexit on UK plant science

Universities and other research institutions are concerned that a hard Brexit could seriously damage prospects for UK agri-science. One recent example involves notification to Cambridge-based plant science body NIAB that future EU variety testing contracts commissioned directly by the Community Plant Variety.....

March 19-22, Berkel en Rodenrijs

NL: Koppert hosts international entomology training course

From 19 to 22 March Koppert Biological Systems will be hosting an international training course Entomology in the Netherlands. To implement and understand IPM in different countries and different crops you need a lot of skills and knowledge. In this international training course they teach you about the most.....

Greenpeace NL: "Prohibited crop protection products found on flowers"

In January 2018, Greenpeace ordered 12 'Valentine bouquets' from four large online florists in the Netherlands: Fleurop, De Bloemist, Euroflorist and Topbloemen. Greenpeace, in their own words, found 100 times remnants of in total 43 types of crop protection products on the bouquets.Greenpeace ordered 3.....

"Shore flies are the ring leader of nuisance insects in the greenhouse"

Shore flies (Sactella stagnalis) feed mostly on algae as well as decaying organic matter found in the growing medium, but cause no direct damage to greenhouse crops. They are known to transmit and spread disease throughout a greenhouse and if ignored may cause significant disease problems. Shore flies are.....

"Sustainable cultivation goes much further than pests and natural enemies"

The role of technology in biological control is set to grow even further; that's the prediction of Peter Maes, Koppert's director of Corporate Marketing. The latest techniques and technology are growing in importance in response to Koppert's broader field of work. "If we can get to know and understand the.....

Australia: Improving plant health surveillance in the nursery industry

The overarching aim of this project is to understand how plant health surveillance and reporting may be improved in the nursery industry. Improved surveillance and reporting will assist producers to safeguard their livelihoods and increase productivity and competitiveness of the industry.For more.....
February 19-21, Hobart

Australia: Bursting the bubble on plant diseases

Self-diagnosing plant health problems correctly is no mean feat.For many growers, an incorrect diagnosis is a costly reminder that disease symptoms aren’t always as they seem. The good news is that a few simple steps can lead to better informed decisions.That’s the focus of ‘Diagnosing Plant Diseases’, a.....

US (GA): National Pesticide Safety Education Month launched

Hundreds of people get sick each year from inappropriate pesticide use, but those who don’t deal with pesticides daily may not think about it very Christina Conner, University of GeorgiaPesticides are used in homes, workplaces, apartments, farms and other places where humans need to control pests.....

Australia: Phasing out of neonicotinoid and effects on the industry

The Nursery and Garden Industry network members, and more specifically suppliers to Bunnings, have been advised of the proposed phasing out of neonicotinoid based insecticides with the removal of on-the-shelf products by the end of 2018 and ceasing the application by nursery production growers on plants.....

Canada: Bonzi and A-Rest renewed under GROU import program

Growers interested in importing PGR's and pesticides can again import Bonzi and A-Rest from the US for use in Canada, Flowers Canada Growers reports.Visit the GROU page for more information on the import process.

February 23, Lincoln

CAN (ON): Greenhouse IPM: Achieving sustainable biocontrol

Register today for the Greenhouse IPM workshop on Achieving Sustainable Biocontrol. Friday, February 23rd, 2018 from 8:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is included.Click here for more information on the workshop.