Biocontrols
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.
It doesn’t matter what you are growing or what type of IPM system you are implementing in your operation – mass trapping can play an important role.
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is still up to murder, sex and greed (the association’s current fundraising theme!), this time with a new research report.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a very common phrase used at workshops, conferences and other forums.
Almost 20 years ago, the possibilities of using BCAs in vegetable transplants were investigated in a project in Europe.
Resistance is the genetic ability of some individuals in an insect and mite pest population to survive an application or applications of pesticides (in this case, insecticides and miticides).
Interest in biocontrols is growing, according to growers across Canada and a number of industry specialists.
Jan. 24, 2013, Peoria, ILL. — Biopesticides containing beneficial fungi are often grown on grains or other solids, but U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have shown a liquid diet can work better.
Using a bubbler to mix your nematode solution during applications ensures that the nematodes stay viable. The circulation prevents nematodes from settling, resulting in more even pest control. The air bubbles minimize damage to nematodes and temperature increases. Julie Graesch, Nematode Field Development Specialist at Becker Underwood, explains how to make a bubbler for beneficial nematode applications in your greenhouse.

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