Plant Health Articles

  • Tips for Using Beneficial Nematodes in the Summer

    Now that summer is underway and temperatures are steadily rising, we are getting a lot of questions about how to effectively order, store and apply beneficial nematodes in the heat. Beneficial nematodes are a great, natural and effective option for controlling a wide variety of pest insects this time of year. The ideal time to apply nematodes can depend on the ...


    By BioLogic Company, Inc.

  • Spring is coming…How Early Can You Apply Nematodes?

    Spring is on its way, and many of us are looking forward to more time spent outside. A common question we get this time of year is “when can I apply beneficial nematodes”? Beneficial nematodes are a great, all-natural control for a variety of common pest insects. But, since nematodes are living organisms, care needs to be taken to ensure they stay living and viable. As a general ...


    By BioLogic Company, Inc.

  • Hit the Spring Planting Target with Hydraulic Down Force

    Will Hutchinson enjoys a good challenge, especially when it comes to improving production on his row crop, wheat and alfalfa farm near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. So when he saw the opportunity to leverage Ag Leader’s Hydraulic Down Force system to prevent a common problem and improve his planting operations on acres where he plants cover crops, he jumped at the chance. Two years later, ...


    By Ag Leader Technology

  • Healthy ways to keep out critters and bugs

    Let’s face it: Most people hate pesky invaders in their home. But that seldom stops critters and bugs to find a way in. When temperatures drop, a natural response is to seek warmer and cozier surroundings -- not just for people but for all kinds of creatures. Most homeowners are aware and on the lookout for signs that critters and insects try to invade their buildings and living spaces. ...


    By Allerair Industries

  • Bi-on® & Tyvek®, a winning combination trusted by major exporters worldwide

    The technology proposed by Bi-on® y Tyvek® (DuPont™), which we use in our range of sachets Ethyl Stopper, was recently presented by DuPont Protection Solutions at the AIPIA Congress - Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association - as a case study. This technology is based on the safe and effective removal of ethylene, a gaseous ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Researchers model ways to control deadly maize disease

    Researchers have used mathematical modelling to develop techniques to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya. According to researchers who conducted the new study, because maize is a staple crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, the spread of MLN is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Fungal diseases are on the rise. Is environmental change to blame?

    Scientists and physicians are looking for clues to a worrying increase in fungal infections and exploring ways to reduce the threat. ...


    By Ensia

  • Glasshouse hygiene - the importance of staying clean

    The nature of ornamental crops will mean plants are often in production for a long time, which can result in pest and disease carry over; so, it’s crucial that growers employ a rigorous hygiene and disinfection routine between crops. Start clean Starting the season with remnants of inoculum in the glasshouse, means growers are already on the backfoot, as the growing ...


    By Certis UK

  • Recognition of the Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR-Pia by the decoy domain of the rice NLR immune receptor RGA5

    Abstract Nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat proteins (NLRs) are important receptors in plant immunity that allow recognition of pathogen effectors. The rice NLR RGA5 recognizes the Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR-Pia through direct interaction. Here, we gained detailed insights into the molecular and structural bases of AVR-Pia-RGA5 interaction and the role of the RATX1 decoy ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Protein Phosphatase 2Cs and microtubule-associated stress protein 1 control microtubule stability, plant growth, and drought response

    Abstract Plant growth is coordinated with environmental factors, including water availability during times of drought. Microtubules influence cell expansion; however, the mechanisms by which environmental signals impinge upon microtubule organization and whether microtubule-related factors limit growth during drought remains unclear. We found that three Clade E Growth-Regulating (EGR) type 2 ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • The Cure for Coffee Rust Disease: A Mission from A UMD Professor

    Coffee rust is a serious disease. It’s been affecting economies of countries all over the world. This disease has been killing coffee crops and thus affecting the coffee production. Therefore, both small and large scale coffee producers have to do something about it. However, combatting with this disease isn’t an easy thing to do. That’s why, Priscila Chaverri, a professor ...


    By BioNovelus Inc.

  • Ethylene removal reduces putrefaction in mandarin oranges

    Ehylene removal with Bi-On ( potasium permanganate) reduces putrefaction in mandarin. Citrus fruits are susceptible to various diseases related to air quality that reduce their postharvest life. As they are not climacteric fruits, exposure to ethylene does not stimulate ripening, but instead speeds up the senescence of the fruit. Senescence causes a series of changes and deterioration ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • On-time Pest Protection

    Farming can be a beautiful job under an open sky. But sometimes that ”open sky” determines the flow of farming, total yield, and productivity according to the weather (rain, drought, hail, frost). Since the weather is a major factor in farming, farmers need to manage certain practices to protect their crops from bad weather conditions as well as from various insects and diseases ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Potassium and winter hardiness

    The role of Potassium in metabolic processes such as protein synthesis and the movement of sugars within the plant is now well understood and recognised as crucial for maximising quality and yield. But it is now known Potassium also plays a significant role in helping crops resist disease and environmental stresses during winter dormancy and ensuring optimum supplies of Potassium to see crops ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • Non-chemical Pre-plant Soil Disinfestation

    The battle with pests, diseases and weeds is an everyday problem for every farmer. Due to the fact that 40% of the world’s food production is lost due to pests and diseases, farmers need to manage crop protection. An excellent example of the need for pesticides is cotton. It is a crop that is affected by various pests. Cotton farming accounts for more than 25% of all insecticides and 12% of ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • The Nucleolar Fibrillarin Protein is Required for Helper Virus-Independent Long-Distance Trafficking of a Subviral Satellite RNA in Plants

    Abstract RNA trafficking plays pivotal roles in regulating plant development, gene silencing, and adaptation to environmental stress. Satellite RNAs (satRNAs), parasites of viruses, depend on their helper viruses (HVs) for replication, encapsidation, and efficient spread. However, it remains largely unknown how satRNAs interact with viruses and the cellular machinery to undergo trafficking. ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Field of genes: Uncovering EGRINs (Environmental Gene Regulatory Influence Networks) in Rice that Function During High-temperature and Drought Stress

    Heat and drought stress greatly restrict crop productivity, but most of what we know about a plant’s response to these stresses comes from controlled laboratory studies. This factor, along with the complex nature of these responses, has hampered efforts to breed and engineer crops with improved stress tolerance. Plants respond to fluctuating environments through the altered expression of ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • What is it about this soil that protects plants from devastating disease?

    Figuring out why certain soils keep plant parasites at bay could be a boon for agriculture around the globe Plants around the world are constantly under attack — often with big implications for humans. In the 1960s, millions of elm trees in Britain, France and the U.S. fell victim to Dutch elm disease, which clogs the vessels that carry life-giving water to the trees’ leaves. ...


    By Ensia

  • Newsletter September 2016

    For over 25 years now Microbe Inotech Labs has been serving the community. Providing excellence in Microbiology. Today Microbe Inotech Labs is looking forward to providing even more services and capabilities with the acquisition of equipment that will help us meet your needs even ...

  • A Functional Link Between Mitochondria and the Cell Wall in Stress Responses

    Both mitochondria and the cell wall are targeted by and respond to stresses. The cell wall is physically affected by abiotic stresses and is the site of initial attack by pathogens. During stress responses, the cell wall is remodeled to maintain integrity and allow flexibility (reviewed in Hamann, 2015; Tenhaken, 2015). Similarly, stresses can alter mitochondrial function, especially in terms of ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

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