Fungicides

Tech co. wins FAA authorization for automated electric drone

Drone manufacturer Pyka has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to commercially operate its zero-emission highly-automated Pelican Spray aircraft for crop protection nationwide. Based in Oakland, California, Pyka constructs large-scale and highly-automated... more »

Cal Pol Strawberry Center Field Day sets attendance record

Nearly 500 strawberry growers, shippers, processors, researchers and agricultural stakeholders gathered for the seventh annual Cal Poly Strawberry Center Field Day. The event, on Aug. 3, is the largest research and education event for the... more »

Government relations staffer joins IFPA

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has added Sarah Neagu-Reed to its government relations division. Neagu-Reed will be joining IFPA’s public policy team as director of production & environmental policy. Sarah... more »

Valent BioSciences highlights sustainability projects

Valent BioSciences LLC dedicated a new prairie park and solar field adjacent to its manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa. The company also opened the doors of its facility to members of the community during the... more »

Biological crop protection and pollination pioneer dies

Peter Koppert, a pioneer in biological crop protection and natural pollination, has died. Koppert, founder of Koppert Biological Systems BV in the Netherlands, was 73. Up until only a couple of weeks before his June... more »

Researchers develop new disease detection sensor

A new sensor chip advances rapid, cost-effective disease diagnostics. The integrated sensor chip detects late blight disease pathogen in potatoes and tomatoes as well as many other diseases. Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists and collaborators... more »

Near-extinct native pollinator may be saved by genome map

Scientists posses a new tool to help save the Rusty patched bumble bee, a native pollinator, from extinction. A detailed, high-resolution map of the rusty patched bumble bee's genome offers approaches for bringing the pollinator... more »

Stone wool growing media supplier starts soilless growing campaign

To feed and treat the world’s expanding population, Grodan, a stone wool growing media provider, is starting a branding initiative to focus public and policymaking attention on sustainable, soilless growing. Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is... more »

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