Biocontrols
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.
In greenhouse ornamental crops, western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, is one of the most economically important and challenging pests to control.
Western flower thrips (WFT) are one of the most prevalent and damaging thrips species in greenhouse and nursery operations.
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Proper handling and storage of beneficial nematodes
Becker Underwood's Julie Graesch explains the best way to handle and store your beneficial nematodes. Julie is a Nematode Field Development Specialist at Becker Underwood. This is the second video of the series.

Becker Underwood's Nematode Field Development Specialist,
Julie Graesch, explains what beneficial nematodes are
and how they work.
What are Beneficial Nematodes? Becker Underwood's Nematode Field Development Specialist, Julie Graesch, explains what beneficial nematodes are and how they work. First in a series by Becker Underwood.
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What are Beneficial Nematodes?
What are Beneficial Nematodes? Becker Underwood's Nematode Field Development Specialist, Julie Graesch, explains what beneficial nematodes are and how they work. First in a series by Becker Underwood.
When we talk about growing media, we’re often referring to man-made products that we use in the production of greenhouse crops. We look at what makes a good growing medium; air-filled porosity, cation-exchange capacity, water holding capacity/drainage, weight, the fact that it is “inert,” electrical conductivity and pH, environmental sustainability, and, of course, cost.
Aug. 16, 2011, Peoria, IL — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are investigating the pest-fighting potential of anthocyanins, healthful chemical compounds in the form of plant pigments that give blueberries, plums, grapes and flowers such as petunias their blue and purple colour.
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Flower power puts a hurt on caterpillars
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are investigating the pest-fighting potential of anthocyanins, healthful chemical compounds in the form of plant pigments that give blueberries, plums, grapes and flowers such as petunias their blue and purple colour.
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Flower power puts a hurt on caterpillars
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are investigating the pest-fighting potential of anthocyanins, healthful chemical compounds in the form of plant pigments that give blueberries, plums, grapes and flowers such as petunias their blue and purple colour.
A significant labour savings potential from a most unlikely source is among the latest buzz from the Greenhouse and Processing Crops Research Centre in Harrow, Ontario.
Though many biocontrol programs for western flower thrips (WFT) in greenhouse vegetables are successful, this pest is often a challenge to manage, particularly when incidence begins early in the season. Part of the challenge lies in the lack of pesticide options that can quickly suppress populations while allowing biocontrol agents to establish a favourable predator/pest ratio. Despite this, many growers are able to successfully manage WFT populations by adhering to two key management recommendations as follows:
Effective and environmentally sound pest management programs do not happen by chance

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