Understanding the basic issues associated with insecticide resistance (Full Article)

Understanding the basic issues associated with insecticide resistance (Full Article)

Professor Raymond Cloyd is a research and extension specialist based at Kansas State University, working in the areas of integrated pest management, plant protection, horticultural cropping systems, pesticides and insect-plant interactions. We present an extract from a paper by Professor … Continued
AFI – Thrips Management in glasshouses

AFI – Thrips Management in glasshouses

The use of a new group of chemical attractants to aid early identification of thrips infestations in greenhouse crops is the goal of research being undertaken by an international science collaboration.
Biological control agents for western flower thrips

Biological control agents for western flower thrips

In December 2011, AFI magazine printed an update about research being conducted by Andrew Manners, Senior Entomologist with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on biological control agents for western flower thrips. This project is now complete and a … Continued
Chlorine effective in controlling microbes in flower solutions?

Chlorine effective in controlling microbes in flower solutions?

Chlorine from various sources such as calcium or sodium hypochlorite (bleach) has been used for decades as a germicide to control microbes (bacteria and fungi) in flower holding solutions. Probably the most prevalent use of chlorine is at grower level … Continued
AFI – Solving Disinfestation Problems

AFI – Solving Disinfestation Problems

“Safer and effective disinfestation is our goal,” says insect expert Kees van Epenhuijsen. “We look for chemicals that will kill pests but have minimal effect on the people using them and the environment.”
Proteaceae – Managing Elsinoe scab

Proteaceae – Managing Elsinoe scab

Elsinoe scab of South African Proteaceae is caused by Elsinoe spp. The disease causes scabby lesions on stems, leaves and flower heads and heavy infection can cause twisting or splitting of stems. Symptoms vary from species to species and among cultivars … Continued
Biosecurity Plan for the Cut Flower Industry

Biosecurity Plan for the Cut Flower Industry

This plan is principally designed for decision makers. It provides the cut flower industry and governments with a mechanism to identify exotic plant pests, as well as to address the strengths and weaknesses in relation to the industry’s current biosecurity … Continued
Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 1

Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 1

Part 1: Cultural control This is the first in a two-part series on the management of fungus gnats. This article will focus on their biology and the cultural practices which can be used to reduce their populations. Such strategies create … Continued