Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.


Antibiotic registered for fire blight control

  • March 19th, 2015

The bactericide Kasumin (kasugamycin) has been registered in the apple growing states of Washington, Michigan, New York, and Oregon for control of fire blight in apples and pears.

It is registered for use on numerous crops in more than 20 countries around the world. Kasumin, a group 24 bactericide, is [...]

Companion has organic listing

  • March 17th, 2015

Growth Products of White Plains, New York, has introduced Companion, a new broad-spectrum biological fungicide that has been approved for use in organic production.

The active ingredient in Companion is Bacillus subtilis strain GB03, a naturally occurring rhizosphere bacterium that produces an antibiotic (iturin) that disrupts cell wall formation of [...]

FMC releases biofungicide

  • March 16th, 2015

FMC Corporation has developed a new broad-spectrum, biological fungicide called Fracture for control of powdery mildew, botrytis, and brown rot blossom blight. It is registered for use on grapes, almonds, strawberries, and tomatoes.

The active ingredient is Banda de Lupinus albus doce (BLAD), a naturally occurring seed storage protein from [...]

Make the most of biocontrol

  • March 6th, 2015

Beneficial insects and mites can play a role in controlling key orchard pests if they’re not exposed to harmful pesticides. Dr. David Biddinger, entomologist with Pennsylvania State University in Biglerville, explains how to take advantage of biocontrols for managing mites, woolly apple aphid, and scale.

In apple orchards, the [...]