Biocontrols
May 15, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. – In virtually all areas of horticulture today, there is a place for both biopesticides and traditional agrochemicals. Maximum benefits can be achieved through the integration of the two strategies in an approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
May 2015 – The roots of this article started in March when I visited a bedding plant greenhouse. I am involved in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) project funded by the Alberta Crops Industry Development Fund (ACIDF) and the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association.
April 27, 2015 – Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of elements, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental.
March 27, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is investing $143,260 in the greenhouse biocontrol program at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. (Le français suit.)
March 5, 2015, Columbia, MO – Scientists and gardeners alike study and examine plants for outward signs of damage caused by disease and insects.
Feb. 26, 2015, Vineland Station – Flowers Canada Ontario is hosting a reception this afternoon (Feb. 26) to welcome Dr. Sarah Jandricic as OMAFRA's new greenhouse floriculture IPM specialist.
Feb. 25, 2015 – Can you use natural genetic variation of indigenous natural enemies to improve the efficiency of biological control?
February 2015 – Retiring OMAFRA specialist Gillian Ferguson’s first projects dealt with the basics of implementing IPM with greenhouse cucumbers and peppers. The challenge back then was that there was really only one biocontrol agent for each of these pests.
February 2015 – An increasing number of greenhouse growers are using biocontrol as a primary component of their pest management strategy. However, as the number of simultaneous biocontrol agent (bca) releases grows, so does the complexity of insect population dynamics, and related management decisions.
Jan. 15, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of factors, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental. However, as living organisms, biocontrol products are subject to variability caused by various factors, starting at the insectary where they are reared through to the crop where they are released.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is always a “hot” topic.  Growers of vegetables, flowers and ornamentals are always interested in the new biocontrol agents being introduced.
Nov. 28, 2014, Vineland Station, Ont. — This is my last article with Greenhouse Canada (at least as an OMAFRA greenhouse IPM specialist).
By now, most growers have heard of “banker plants” and know that they can be a useful tool in the greenhouse.
Interview with Michael Brownbridge, PhD., of Vineland Research & Innovation Centre at Grower Day 2014
Poinsettia growers will remember the 2012 growing season, when high numbers of Bemisia whiteflies came in on the cuttings and were very hard to control.

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