12.11.2020

Protecting crops against pests and diseases is essential to ensure a secure food supply. Around 95 percent of food comes from conventional agriculture, which uses chemical pesticides to keep crops healthy. Increasingly, however, organic pesticides are also being sought as an alternative. Some organic pesticides contain live spores of the fungus Trichoderma, which have the ability to suppress other pathogens. Researchers at the University of Göttingen have now discovered that one Trichoderma species can cause severe rot in cobs of maize (corn). The results were published in the journal Frontiers in Agronomy.

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10.11.2020

A partnership between CABI and Astral-Aerial is piloting the use of drones for the control of desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria). Funded by UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) through the Frontier Technologies Hub, the approach targets roosting populations of small swarms that are not feasible to spray by other means such as aircraft, or vehicle mounted sprayers.

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09.11.2020

Lindsay Corporation is developing intelligent digital solutions using Microsoft Azure to enhance irrigation management, broaden the detection and reporting of irrigation system issues, and help growers evaluate and continuously improve the sustainability and profitability of their operations.

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06.11.2020

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is one of the most destructive diseases of soybean, with losses of nearly 1.7 million metric tons in 2014. SDS is difficult to control as current management practices, which include using fungicide seed treatments and tolerant soybean varieties, can add production costs, reduce profits, and can ultimately be ineffective.

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04.11.2020

Andermatt Nederland will bring the portfolio of the Swiss pioneer in biological crop protection, Andermatt Biocontrol, to the Belgian market from 2021 onwards.

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02.11.2020

Natutec Drive is the latest in the series of Natutec associated technologies from Koppert for agriculture and horticulture.

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30.10.2020

Certis Spain has added two new products – Valcure and Majestik – to its bio-rational portfolio.

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28.10.2020

Corteva Agriscience, John Deere, Global Communities and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announce a project to help increase the productivity, incomes and sustainable farming practices of 10,000 emerging farmers with 20-60 hectares of land in Zambia.

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26.10.2020

Australian crop protection and specialty seed company Nufarm and German ag-tech start-up CROP.ZONE have signed a cooperation agreement to launch Nufarm and CROP.ZONE’s hybrid herbicide solutions across major European markets. The initiative will start with implementing an early adopters program for the 2021 season in Benelux and Germany from 2021 onwards.

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23.10.2020

Mologic Ltd, a developer of lateral flow and rapid diagnostic technologies, has launched its first crop pathogen diagnostic test, BotrytisAlert.

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