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Aug. 17, 2017, Vineland Station, Ont. – Part four in a six-part series. Slow release sachets contain predatory mites of all life stages mixed with bran and a food mite at high ratios (e.g., one predator to about 10 food mites).
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July 12, 2017, Vineland, Ont. – Part 3 in a 6-part series: In nature, insects and mites are commonly infected and killed by naturally occurring micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, viruses) and nematodes.
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May 2017, Vineland, Ont. – First in a 6-part video series: There are many interactive variables that affect the growth of greenhouse crops, the incidence and impact of pests and diseases, and the performance of biological and chemical controls.

May 2017 – First in a six-part series: The May 2017 edition of Greenhouse Canada launched this series of articles on thrips integrated pest management.

The goal is to provide practical application tips and tricks, information on new technologies and how it all fits within an overall IPM program. Each article will be accompanied by a short video (the first debuting here) demonstrating a technique or principle.

The content of this series is based on research performed at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and is supplemented with ‘information from the field,’ contributed by colleagues using biocontrol strategies in greenhouse production.

Click here for the accompanying feature.

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June 2017, Vineland, Ont. – Part 2 in 6-part series: One very effective way to control pests early is through the use of cutting dips, note scientists at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
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August 2016, St. Catharines, Ont. – Dr. Michael Brownbridge is the research director in Horticultural Production Systems at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. He was a featured speaker at Grower Day 2016, discussing the various resources in the growers' IPM toolkit.
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August 2016, St. Catharines, Ont. – Bill MacDonald is a full-time professor in the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies at Niagara College. He was a featured presenter at Grower Day 2016. He discussed the effectiveness of biostimulants with greenhouse crops, offering a timely update on these new crop management tools.
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Aug. 23, 2016 – All-America Selections is one of North America’s leading gardening promotion programs, a big booster for breeders, growers and retailers.
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Aug. 23, 2016 – The The Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) has been working over the past 15 years to promote awareness of the effectiveness of biopesticides and their full range of benefits in a progressive pest management program.
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Aug. 23, 2016 – Cultivate’16 is horticulture’s largest all-industry convention and trade show in North America, featuring more than 120 educational sessions and an eight-acre trade show.
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Dec. 4, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Biopesticides work best when used in a preventive manner, notes Dr. Michael Brownbridge, a speaker at this year's Greenhouse Canada Grower Day.

They are generally compatible with other beneficials (predators and parasitoids) and also with many pesticides, which makes them an ideal fit for IPM programs.

The short re-entry intervals after application makes them easy to work with on a day-to-day basis, and they can be used right up to the day of harvest.

Timing of their application is important because different insect stages are more susceptible than others.

Work at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has found that biopesticide dips are an effective strategy in controlling whiteflies on poinsettia cuttings.

After working in Israel, Kenya, the U.S. and New Zealand, Brownbridge joined the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as research director in Horticultural Production Systems in July 2009.

Research activities of this group encompass development of biocontrol-based IPM systems for greenhouse ornamentals and vegetables. His current research program focuses on development of microbial control strategies for key greenhouse pests, and includes work on application techniques and integration of biopesticides into greenhouse production systems.

Most recently, this work has evolved to include assessments of beneficial microbes that activate host plant defenses and to determine their role in IPM systems. Key pest targets include thrips, aphids, whiteflies and spider mites. The overarching objective is to improve the performance and economic sustainability of biological control strategies, ensuring that new procedures, products and information enable growers to successfully protect their crops.


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