Crop Protection

ALLUMA marketed as a biological ‘synergist’ for insecticides

Visalia, California-based Sym-Agro is marketing a product for making tank mixes of insecticide more effective on fruit and vegetable plants. The product, brand name ALLUMA, is a high-potency broad-spectrum, plant-based... more »

Future trends in biological control popular conference topic

Future trends in biological control − as well as potential opportunities and obstacles, including constraints surrounding the development of novel bio-pesticides − proved a popular session at the recent IUPAC2019 Conference in Westerlo, Berlin. The... more »

Chlorosis is a serious problem that affects many Concord vineyards

If you’ve ever packed fruit snacks in a lunch, enjoyed a glass of grape juice, or made a PB&J, chances are the grapes used in those products were grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley. That’s because... more »

WSU scientists unmask humble earwig as an apple-protecting predator

Helping Northwest apple growers protect their crops, WSU scientists have found new proof that earwigs are actually valuable predators in apple orchards, rather than the creepy, crawly, apple-damaging pests they’re sometimes assumed to be. In... more »

Researchers cite ideal areas, timing for biological control of stink bug

Biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that devastates gardens and crops, would be more effective in natural areas bordering crops or at times when certain insecticides aren’t being applied, according to a... more »

Botrytis on the rise in grapes in San Joaquin Valley, California

Botrytis is a well-known disease in most grape growing regions around the world. Normally botrytis is associated with bunch rot, but under the right conditions it can cause damage in other parts of the plant.... more »

Study: Horticultural oil best applied after peach trees have been pruned

Using horticultural oil sprays as an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy to control San Jose scale in peach trees can be an effective alternative to chemical applications, and University of Georgia researchers have found that... more »

Biopesticide company Vestaron receives $40M in Series B financing

Vestaron, a company, dedicated to improving the safety, efficacy and sustainability of crop protection through its development of peptide-based biopesticides, announces its $40 million Series B Financing, led by Novo Holdings A/S. Novo Holdings joins... more »


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