"Phototoxic pesticides give cannabis producers a new route to differentiation"

IntraLight's new phototoxic pesticides prevent pests and pathogens without the use of chemical pesticides. IntraLight technology destroys the DNA of pests and pathogens, including small soft-bodied insects like thrips, mites, and aphids, and fungal infections like powdery mildew and botrytis. With their…

Don't let Botrytis ruin your cannabis crop

"Botrytis is a genus of pathogens responsible for plant diseases that cause billions of dollars per year in crop loss. These necrotrophic fungi kill their plant hosts to feed on rotting tissue. Botrytis Cinerea is the most phenotypically diverse of the 40 or so Botrytis species that have been identified.…

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New virus detection technology to curb the spread of plant-born pathogens in cannabis

PathogenDx launched a new virus detection technology - Phytox - to help curb the spread of new and existing plant-born pathogens, which are currently on the rise. The new Asymmetric RT-PCR microarray technology for the cannabis, food, and agriculture sectors is capable of detecting nine viruses or more…

Soil moisture impacts the speed of nematodes

Did you know one of the oldest life forms on Earth can be found in your backyard? Soil nematodes have been thriving in habitats around the world for at least 400 million years. Even though they are only 1/500th of an inch wide and 1/20th of an inch long, these worm-like animals are an important part of…

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Walking cannabis growers through the process of implementing beneficial organisms

“Two of the more consistent pests that growers deal with are spider mites and cannabis aphid. Depending on the severity of the pest, our IPM Specialists will help walk you through the process of proper predator selection,” said Erik van der Sluys (IPM Specialist) and Cody Seals (U.S. Product Manager) of…

New research refines thrips colony management

Predatory insects are used to help manage a variety of greenhouse pests. Keeping these arthropods’ voracious appetites in check can be difficult, and their long-term survival is important to successful pest management. New UF/IFAS research provides management strategies to help biological control agent…

Integrating pest management into cannabis production

As you likely know, growing cannabis for medicinal purposes requires excellent hygiene. That's why it's good practice to integrate your pest management and hygienic measures into your cultivation methods. Integrated Pest Management and cannabis productionThe success of your integrated pest management…

RNA-based assay for detection of emerging viral pathogen in cannabis

As the volume of indoor and field plant inventories has increased, disease management science in cannabis has struggled to keep pace. Research on cannabis as a pathosystem is relatively new, and plant disease symptoms hitherto unnoticed have become limiting factors to production. Nevertheless, the…

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What we know about onion thrips as pest of covered crops

Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) are an increasing pest of greenhouse ornamentals, strawberries, vegetables, and even cannabis. Why is this, and what can growers do about it? To learn more about this emerging pest, register for the latest GrowON webinar, a webinar series JUST for covered crops. A western…

How do horticultural crops defend themselves against fungal pathogens?

Recently, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences summarized recent research progress on defense responses of horticultural crops to fungal pathogens and novel strategies to regulate the induction of plant resistance, as well as problems, challenges, and future research directions. Phytochemicals…

Positive pressure in greenhouses: the ultimate method to protect Medical Cannabis from parasites

J. Huete International implements this advanced high-tech system in a facility dedicated to this crop in Portugal Diseases and pests are two of the biggest problems faced by growers when it comes to cultivating Medical Cannabis. While they are already a nightmare with the traditional ones, the delicacy…

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How to prevent bud rot

Bud rot, aka gray mold, is an extremely common problem in cannabis cultivation. It’s triggered when there’s excess moisture in the air and can easily destroy entire crop cycles. As cannabis plants are highly regulated, growers can’t use traditional fungicides. The only fully organic, GMP-approved method to prevent bud rot is to…

New product release: Protection Plus

The truth about killing insects - the right way the first time

Environmental Plant Management Inc (EPM) announced the release of their new pesticide, Protection Plus, at Cultivate’22 in Columbus, Ohio, July 16-19, 2022. The product will be displayed in the New Product Zone and in the exhibit hall in booth 1711. “Growers don’t realize the conundrum created by using…

Biobest Bio-Boxes – what benefits do they offer?

Growers have two options for introducing beneficials supplied in bulk or as loose material, directly onto the leaf or via our Biobest Bio-Boxes, which provide an efficient alternative while offering additional benefits. So what are they?A small cardboard box with a hook, the Bio-Box can be conveniently…


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