Biobest

Understanding spider mite control in MMJ cultivation

Spider mites are highly polyphagous pests feeding on a very wide host range of protected and unprotected crops. They can be a major pest in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis. Spider mites are easily spread through the crop on airborne web threads, as well as on tools and crop workers’ clothing. The…

Cover for all new and existing water silos

"If you were to take a tour of the greenhouses in the Netherlands you would see that not every water silo is well maintained. Sometimes there are even plants growing above the silo, which has consequences for the water quality and must be prevented," says Kees Ooms, director of Buwatec. He believes that…

BioRadiance

Fighting mold and pathogens with a 'lighting wand'

CEA facilities boast the most extreme, sophisticated systems of the agricultural industry. Whether it is a vertical farm, a single-tier cannabis indoor cultivation, or a gigantic tomato greenhouse, growers have to deal with extremely complex systems. Even though one might be taking all the precautions,…

Aphidoletes-System - as efficient as it is effective at controlling aphids

The fight against aphids is in full swing again. If growers had to choose one control agent they would not want to be without, most would select Aphidoletes-System. While displaying excellent searching behaviour, this gall midge plays a key role minimises hotspots from developing. About 3mm in size and…

New, ‘broad’ type of resistance against insects found in plants

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and KeyGene in the Netherlands and Umeå University in Sweden have discovered that a resistance gene in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) that is active against the green peach aphid also affects several other aphids and some whiteflies. That is…

Practices and products to control algae in greenhouses

The University of Connecticut has published a review about the biology of algae and practices and products to control it in greenhouses. Algae is one of the most common…

Greater ventilation and safe production with insect screens

Invasive biology of Thrips (Thripidae) has recently increased their importance as agricultural pests of ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruit crops globally. They successfully invaded many countries bringing damages on fields, plantations and greenhouse crops. Its invasiveness is mostly attributed to…

Ziv Gottesfeld, co-founder and CEO of HPNow

"Autonomous, chemical-free irrigation water treatment solution delivers consistent production and plant protection"

Cannabis irrigation is an extremely delicate process, as there are many elements to take into consideration that will dictate if an operation is going to be successful or not. Irrigation water treatment is a critical part of this delicate process – to ensure that all plants obtain their proper share of…

Helius Therapeutics

NZ: Grower's discovery triggers research to protect cannabis yields from Hop Latent Viroid

Known as Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd), the Ministry of Primary Industries has recently registered it as a new plant pathogen in New Zealand to affect a medicinal cannabis research crop. It will also be noted and released in the latest Surveillance magazine. HLVd, previously known as ‘dudding’ or ‘stunting’…

New guide on identifying and managing devastating pest insects around the world

Technology that was first used to distinguish healthy tissues from cancerous ones in humans has been successfully used to identify insects. Every year insect pests cause…

CPG

New sterilization method keeps flower quality intact

Plasma treatment as an alternative to cannabis irradiation

One of the most challenging things for cannabis growers is to keep pests and pathogens at bay. Generally speaking, cannabis growers cannot rely on many solutions to fight pathogens. On top of that, the cannabis plant is way less forgiving than other agricultural commodities. Thus, it might happen that…

"Beetles that pee themselves to death could be tomorrow’s pest control"

Various beetle species have gobbled through grain stores and weakened food production worldwide since ancient times. Now, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a better way of targeting and eliminating these teeny pests. Instead of using toxic pesticides that damage biodiversity,…

Crop protection with a vacuum cleaner?

People need clean and healthy food and greenhouse-grown vegetables are a very good way of supplying them. This food then has to be protected against a variety of insects that damage either the fruits or the whole plants. Modern growers avoid the use of chemicals and rely on beneficial insects. Micothon…


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