Disease Management

Disease Management

Being familiar with the normal growth of a crop is a “must” in knowing when there might be a disease or an environmental factor affecting the crop.
Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops

Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops

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.
Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

The ability of commercially available thrips predators to reduce western flower thrips (WFT) was examined on gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses. Three foliage predators were found to have the greatest potential to manage WFT. Two predatory mites and a pirate bug reduced thrips numbers … Continued
Myrtle Rust Fact Sheet

Myrtle Rust Fact Sheet

Myrtle rust was first detected in Queensland in December 2010. It is a serious fungal disease and part of the eucalyptus/guava rust complex. This group of pathogens affects plants belonging to the Myrtaceae family including Australian natives like bottle brush (Callistemon spp.), … Continued