Crop Protection
May 1, 2014, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K. — Bombarding pests with smells from many different plants temporarily confuses them and hinders their ability to feed, new research has shown.
It is safe to say that nearly all greenhouse growers began to encounter Botrytis grey moulds or blights at the start of their careers.
On Jan. 16, 2013, Ryan Cramer posted a notice: “Just a heads up to all cucumber growers, we have recently found and confirmed with a virus scan that we have Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) at County Fresh Farms … This puts all cucumber growers in this area at risk.”
Jan. 30, 2014, Wageningen, the Netherlands – By 2023 all EU member states must be complying with more stringent guidelines related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Pythium damping-off and pythium root and crown rot diseases are among the most economically important plant diseases that affect horticultural crop production.
Want to get more out of your chemical controls? Start by taking more time to review the label.
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN), or nematodes that cause disease in insects, have the potential to play an increasingly important role in pest management programs in greenhouse crops.
Zero tolerance” is a term we often hear associated with pests and diseases in the crops we grow.
Nov. 4, 2011 — The genome of several Pseudomonas syrinage pv. tomato isolates have been sequenced in order to track the bacterial pathogen's ability to overcome plant defenses and to develop methods to prevent further spread.
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Unravelling tomato pathogen's tricks of the trade
The genome of several Pseudomonas syrinage pv. tomato isolates have been sequenced in order to track the bacterial pathogen's ability to overcome plant defenses and to develop methods to prevent further spread.
All growers of hardy perennials will by now have heard of “new” pests such as Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum) and the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis). In fact, a quick look at the list of Pests Regulated by Canada (Plant Health Regulations, 29 2(a)) reveals about 230 or so such organisms (give or take a few duplications).
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Basil growers get downy mildew assist
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of emergency use registrations to help control an outbreak of basil downy mildew on greenhouse- and field-grown basil in Ontario and Alberta.
Keeping pests on the run can keep growers hopping. But a good integrated pest management program will tip the balance in the growers’ favour, and the heart of any IPM strategy is effective crop scouting.
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Gardeners cross-border shop for illegal pesticides
To get around provincial pesticide rules, some Canadians are making day trips to the United States to take advantage of the strong Canadian dollar and weaker American regulations around pesticides and herbicides.
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'Bodyguards' against fungal infections
With up to 33,000 “taxa,” plant roots are home to an unprecedentedly large diversity of bacteria. Some of these bacteria can function as a type of bodyguard for plants, protecting them against infection by harmful fungi.

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