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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…

Using intra eco shield to protect your crops

Intrahorti, a department of Intracare, is making way in the horticultural sector. In addition to Intra Hydro pure, which growers can use for cleaning and disinfection to guarantee the purest irrigation water, the company is taking a broader approach, for instance adding nutrients to her product range.…

Mike D'Ambra, Innovative Solutions

“As cultivation facilities get bigger, the potential risk of mold and mildew contamination increases too"

“Hundreds or thousands of plants in a room with high humidity and multiple other variables can create a perfect storm for mold, mildew and contamination issues,” says Mike D’Ambra, cofounder and owner of Innovative Solutions. Located in San Diego, CA, Innovative Solutions provides various technologies…

Segra

CAN (BC): Development and validation of in-house assay for Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd)

Segra has developed and validated an in-house assay for Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) through leveraging the capabilities of their in-house molecular biology laboratory, under the leadership of Segra's Chief Science Officer Dr. John Brunstein. This assay now enables the company to monitor HLVd status on…

US (OR): Powdery mildew spotted in hemp greenhouse cultivation

In February, the Oregon State University, together with USDA, released a first report on the emergence of powdery mildew caused by Golovinomyces ambrosiae in Oregon. Even though the majority of hemp is grown outdoors, it was a greenhouse grower who first noted some alarming signs on their hemp plants. As…

Fighting cannabis pests and pathogens is one of the greatest challenges

One of the greatest challenges that commercial cannabis growers face is the fight against pests and pathogens. Unlike other types of more ‘traditional’ crops, cannabis is highly regulated, thus limiting the solutions to get rid of dangerous pathogens. For instance, the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory…

New technology for optimized control of thrips and whitefly

Bioline Agrosciences is launching CART (Climate Adapted Release Technology) to further strengthen it’s commitment to growers and farmers and the environment. The technology has been applied to STARSKii, containing Amblyseiusswirskii, for optimized control of thrips and whitefly in multiple crops and…

Spotlight on two-spotted spider mites

One of the world’s most widespread pests, red spider mite - Tetranychus urticae - can be found in all agriculturally important geographical areas. That tells us something about its polyphagous and cosmopolitan nature. “Commonly known as two-spotted spider mite (TSSM), it characteristically has two large…

US (AZ): Indoor grower doubles cultivation capacity

Sonoran Flower, has expanded its cultivation facility to double its current capacity. "With the additional indoor space we are expected to increase our capacity for indoor craft flower," Sonoran Flower team explains. "This expansion also will give Sonoran Flower the space for light deprivation…

Health Canada approves chloropicrin fumigant for cannabis farms

Agriculture is a bug-filled industry that must put in work to remain clean. Soil fumigants are a major controversy in this regard. But, with outdoor cannabis cultivation license approvals now on the rise, Health Canada‘s Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) approved a fumigant for cannabis farms…

UV system means ‘lights out’ for strawberry pathogen

When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen. Just imagine this: Pulling an ultraviolet lamp behind a tractor out into your farm in the middle of the night, pointing the UV light at the strawberries and zapping powdery mildew right out of the leaves and fruit. That’s the idea…

Continuously monitoring thrips and whitefly

Whitefly and thrips are widespread major agricultural pests of various vegetable, ornamental and field-grown crops. Key species include the sweet potato whitefly Bemisia…

Regulatory changes expected to restrict smaller companies’ ability to provide beneficial microbes

While early 2020 cast a dismal outlook for Green Search Inc., the biotech company quickly bounced back amid the pandemic and finished the year with its high revenues yet. According to Remco Kostwinder, president of Green Search Inc., “The magic was in being flexible and seeing where we could fit in the…

US (FL): UF/IFAS scientists provide insight on hemp mites for growers

The latest information on mites known to attack hemp plants in Florida has been released by University of Florida scientists. For growers contemplating — and who have begun — growing hemp as part of farm trials associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Industrial Hemp…

Bioline Agrosciences (InVivo) acquires Kenyan biocontrol company

"This acquisition is a unique chance for us to consolidate our position in Africa"

Bioline Agrosciences (InVivo Group) announces the acquisition of the Kenyan Biocontrol Company Dudutech from the British Company Flamingo Group International (a World Leader in the production and sale of Cut Flowers & Plants and Fresh Vegetables). The acquisition of Dudutech marks an important step for…

Anoo Solomon, CannaProtect IPM Solutions

A very dangerous cannabis pathogen: the Hop Latent Viroid

Since Humankind started farming crops, the fight against the plethora of pests and pathogens has existed. Even when growers transitioned indoors or to a greenhouse, the pressure from pests continued to be present. Cannabis growers have to deal with a number of pathogens. For them, however, this can be…

Hanna Brand, co-founder of Autumn Brands

"We trusted our process and were able to protect our crop in the most natural way possible”

California is globally renowned for his cannabis culture. Home of the famous Emerald Triangle, the cannabis grown in this American state has always been surrounded by a sort of mystical aura. It does not come as a surprise then, that licensed producers based in the Golden State strive to live up to their…

“This is a preventative way of working when you already have too high of a pressure."

Protecting a medical cannabis crop from harmful pathogens is one of the biggest challenges that growers face on a daily basis. The impossibility to use any chemical crop protection, in addition to the necessity to ensure high-quality consistently, makes it a hard task. Exactly because of this, there are…


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