April 25, 2012
Disease Control And Plant Health
Over the last several years many nursery and greenhouse growers have felt increasing financial and environmental pressure to make sustainability-driven improvements to reduce inputs —including water, chemicals and fuel — but reductions must not sacrifice plant quality. Fulfilling sustainable needs and business demands is challenging, but not impossible. Like growers, BASF views sustainability as achieving more using fewer inputs, while ensuring profitability, caring for the environment, and meeting the needs of society and future generations, in short, doing more with less. BASF research and development continually brings new innovations to market that help growers be more successful. Recent examples of this research and development include its pyraclostrobin-based product Pageant® Intrinsic™ brand fungicide. Pageant Intrinsic is the first fungicide in the ornamental market labeled for disease control and plant health. It gives growers industry-leading, broad-spectrum disease control and the bonus of plant health activity — without additional inputs. In addition to […]
April 25, 2012
Timing Fungicides And PGRs To Control Greenhouse Pests
The management of pests and diseases during the production of greenhouse crops is not an isolated event. As such, interactions may occur that can have a significant impact on the success of any pest management strategy. For example, under conditions of high relative humidity (greater than 75 percent), naturally-occurring populations of beneficial or insect-killing fungi may cause substantial mortality of insect and mite pests. Although beneficial fungi typically require high relative humidity, these fungi can be effective when the microclimate relative humidity around the spore (e.g., leaf surface) is high. This can occur even when the relative humidity within a greenhouse is less than 50 percent. In addition, the effectiveness of beneficial fungi can vary depending on light intensity, plant size and plant architecture. Fungicides used to manage plant diseases may create issues associated with the compatibility of these chemicals and beneficial fungi, such as Beauveria bassiana, Metarhizium anisopliae and […]
March 27, 2012
BioSafe Systems Announces Improved SaniDate 5.0 Sanitizer/Disinfectant
BioSafe Systems has improved and reintroduced SaniDate 5.0, a sanitizer/disinfectant labeled for hard surface use and post harvest water treatments. SaniDate 5.0 is now approved to cover a broader range of human health pathogens, including Listeria, MRSA, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus, Human Influenza Virus and more. This broader range of pathogens are in addition to previously-approved applications for Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica. Application surfaces include floors, walls, walkways, benches, tables, chairs,tractor trailers, refrigerators, evaporators, clean in place systems and other food and non-food contact surfaces. SaniDate 5.0 is also able to control algae, bacteria and fungi in a variety of water treatment applications. Many of these application rates are newly expanded as well to provide users with better disease control options. SaniDate 5.0 is available in 5, 30, 55, and 275 gallon sizes. For more information about SaniDate 5.0, contact BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088.
March 27, 2012
Natural Industries Moves to New Facility
Natural Industries, manufacturer organic products such as Actinovate and Actino-Iron that use microbes to protect plants from fungal diseases, has moved into new, larger facilities at 12320 Cutten Road, Houston, Texas. The new 20,000 square-foot headquarters building, located in an office park setting on the north side of Houston, includes a 5,000 square-foot state-of-the-art research laboratory. “Increasing global demand for our patented microbial products has resulted in the need for additional space for office and laboratory operations,” said Boomer Cardinale, marketing director for Natural Industries. “In the past year we have doubled our staff, and we continue to grow.” For more information about the company and its products, visit www.naturalindustries.com.
March 22, 2012
BASF’s Kathie E. Kalmowitz On Downy Mildew
As BASF’s Kathie Kalmowitz made her way across Florida in mid-February, she saw firsthand just how poorly impatiens were faring in landscapes. Every bed Kalmowitz saw was stripped of leaves, the result of a downy mildew pathogen gone wild. Recently, Greenhouse Grower caught up with Kalmowitz, a technical expert who offers guidance to growers in need of getting downy mildew under control on America’s number one bedding plant. GG: Why do you think the impatiens you saw in Florida earlier this year are struggling so mightily with downy mildew? KK: I think the disease has simply been carried over in the soil from the previous year. When plants aren’t cleaned out and the residue is left to rot, the [downy mildew] spores are overwintering. So when the crop is replanted, the crop is coming into contact with those spores. The key is for consumers not to plant impatiens where they […]
March 20, 2012
BioSafe Systems Expands GreenCleanPRO Label In California
BioSafe Systems announced in January 2012 that all uses on the GreenCleanPRO Granular Algaecide/Fungicide label are now approved in California. GreenCleanPRO can be used to control algae on hard surfaces in greenhouses, helping to prevent slip and fall hazards, as well as unsightly growth. Eliminating these growths also prevents breeding and infestations of shore flies and fungus gnats. GreenCleanPRO can be applied as granular or liquid application directly to growing algae, molds, and fungus. In addition, the product is now approved for more water treatment applications, including irrigation, stock and sewage water treatment. For more information on the BioFogger, contact BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088.
March 14, 2012
BioWorks Introduces RootShield PLUS+
BioWorks announced the arrival of RootShield PLUS+, a new addition to the RootShield Biological Fungicide family, on March 8, 2012. The Environmental Protection Agency granted the product registration in February. RootShield Plus+ has two active ingredients: Trichoderma harzianum strain T-22, and Trichoderma virens strain G-41. It also now provides preventative control of soilborne phytophthora and improved control of hot-season pythium (P. aphanidermatum). Like the original RootShield, RootShield PLUS+ also controls rhizoctonia, fusarium, pythium, thielaviopsis and cylindrocladium, by inhibiting and actively attacking pathogens. This helps to ensure uninterrupted plant growth. “RootShield PLUS+ provides the same strong root protection for 3 months per application, and expanded prevention of root disease including Phytophthora, a serious threat to many growers,” says John Francis, BioWorks director of technical services. “It is a very beneficial addition to our extended RootShield product line and still costs less than two cents per 6-inch pot.” RootShield PLUS+ is awaiting state registration approvals and its Organic […]
March 6, 2012
7 Tips For Protecting Impatiens From Downy Mildew
Last year’s outbreak of downy mildew in Europe virtually destroyed the crop and caused garden centers and mail-order catalogs to discontinue stocking it in favor of less problematic crops. A nationwide outbreak here in the United States is probably a stretch because regions experience vastly different environmental conditions. Still, downy mildew was spotted on impatiens on both coasts last year, so growers should be on high alert for the disease. “Impatiens grown in many areas of the United States may never be infected with downy mildew,” says Dr. Colleen Warfield, Plant Pathologist for Ball Horticultural Company. “Other areas may only see this disease sporadically. But if growers and landscapers are not aware of this disease and how to manage it, it certainly has the potential to develop into a far more devastating disease.” Speedling’s Mike Friddle, who was named Greenhouse Grower’s 2011 Head Grower of the Year, says he is […]
February 28, 2012
Boxwood Blight Spreads To United States
Much like downy mildew and dogwood anthracnose before it, boxwood blight is the latest disease to attack a plant favorite. First spotted in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s, boxwood blight (Cylindrocladium buxicola or Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) is now thought to be prevalent throughout Europe. In October 2011, this same fungus was confirmed on boxwoods in Connecticut landscapes, garden centers and nurseries. Blight has since been spotted in North Carolina and Virginia, and there’s been one find in the Western United States, as well. Characterized by brown leaf spots with dark edges, blights, black cankers on stems, fruiting structures called sporodochia, defoliation and dieback, the disease attacks all boxwood species. The disease cycle can be completed within a week, and thrives best in warm, humid temperatures around 77 degrees. Although there is no cure to boxwood blight, some best management practices may be employed to keep it from attacking your plants. […]
February 24, 2012
BioSafe Systems Announces New ZeroTol 2.0
BioSafe Systems introduces ZeroTol 2.0 Algaecide/Fungicide. Used to treat and control plant pathogens on ornamental plants, ZeroTol 2.0 also boasts new labeling. The updated label provides an updated active ingredient statement, an increased number of controlled pathogens and new labeling instructions for the treatment of artificial turf. ZeroTol 2.0’s active ingredients include 27 percent hydrogen peroxide and 2 percent peroxyacetic acid. Due to its fast-acting oxidation process, the product protects against mutational resistance of harmful organisms. ZeroTol 2.0 is available in 2.5, 30, 55, and 275 gallon sizes. For more information about ZeroTol 2.0, contact BioSafe Systems at 1-888-273-3088 or visit BioSafeSystems.com.