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2014-05-21 08:23:58

CARY, N.C., May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SUMMIT AGRO USA, LLC (SAUS) announced today that it will add RANMAN®400SC Fungicide to its product portfolio beginning on May 19th. Ranman 400SC is a proprietary product of Japan-based Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd. (ISK). Cyazofamid, the active ingredient in RANMAN 400SC, is the only member of fungicide Mode of Action (MOA) FRAC Group 21, making it an ideal candidate for inclusion into disease resistance management strategies. Cyazofamid...

2014-04-26 23:01:56

Blossom Protect™ is a proven efficacious non-antibiotic option for combating fire blight in organic pome fruit orchards. Vista, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2014 As the National Organic Standards Board plans to meet next week to determine whether to grant an extension of streptomycin use for fire blight control, growers and others in the industry are questioning the proposal’s impact and wondering whether there are adequate tools to control the disease without antibiotics. In a current...

2014-02-25 14:10:03

In a three-year GM research trial, scientists boosted resistance of potatoes to late blight, their most important disease, without deploying fungicides. The findings, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and The Gatsby Foundation, will be published in ‘Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B’ on 17 February. In 2012, the third year of the trial, the potatoes experienced ideal conditions for late blight. The scientists did not inoculate any...

2014-02-09 23:01:53

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of Blossom Protect™ as a biofungicide in the prevention of walnut blight in walnuts. Vista, CA (PRWEB) February 09, 2014 Blossom Protect™, initially EPA approved for use in the prevention of fire blight in pome fruit, has been commercially used by growers since 2012. The product's updated registration in California gives walnut growers a new tool for the prevention of walnut blight, which is a serious...

Secrets Of Potato Blight Evolution Could Aid Farmers In Fighting Back
2014-01-31 09:32:05

University of Oxford Scientists have discovered vital clues as to how the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine adapted to spread between different plant species. Researchers at Oxford University and The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK) looked in unprecedented detail at how Phytophthora infestans, a pathogen that continues to blight potatoes and tomatoes today, evolved to target other plants. The study, published today in the journal Science, is the first to show how...

Cause Of The Irish Potato Famine Revealed
2013-05-21 11:53:17

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft An international team of scientists reveals that a unique strain of potato blight they call HERB-1 triggered the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th century It is the first time scientists have decoded the genome of a plant pathogen and its plant host from dried herbarium samples. This opens up a new area of research to understand how pathogens evolve and how human activity impacts the spread of plant disease. Phytophthora infestans changed the course of...

2013-02-07 15:32:44

Research by UC Riverside plant pathologists is the first to show that RNA silencing regulates plant defense against the notorious Phytophthora pathogens When a pathogen attacks a plant, infection usually follows after the plant´s immune system is compromised. A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside focused on Phytophthora, the pathogen that triggered the Irish Famine of the 19th century, and deciphered how it succeeded in crippling the potato plant´s...

2012-02-03 18:40:00

Westbridge Agricultural Products announces that the EPA has approved Blossom Protect as a biopesticide for controlling fire blight in apple and pear orchards in the United States. Fire blight causes serious damage each year to pome fruit trees throughout America. Blossom Protect is approved for organic production. It leaves no chemical residue, is safe for humans and animals and is harmless to bees and beneficials. Blossom Protect is available for the 2012 growing season. Vista, CA (PRWEB)...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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