Summaries of Horticultural Development Company trials plus an extensive archive of practical findings from academic research and scientific trials compiled by Dr Ken Cockshull.
Science in practice
Following the first independent variety trial on parsnips for many years, in FV 336, a second trial was commissioned to include new varieties released since that project was completed in order to provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of t...
The fungal diseases smoulder (Botrytis narcissicola) and white mould (Ramularia vallisumbrosae) are favoured by wet weather and likely to become more of a problem if the climate changes as predicted.
Cavity spot remains one of the most important carrot diseases, capable of causing complete loss in crops. Current management relies on partially resistant varieties, plus treatment with metalaxyl-M.
Tomatoes contain a number of nutrients with antioxidant properties including lycopene, which lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer. HDC project PE 009 aimed to identify and quantify the bioactive nutrients in tomatoes.
Western flower thrips (WFTs) have become an increasingly important pest of strawberries in recent years and everbearing varieties have been particularly badly affected, resulting in serious financial losses.
Sclerotinia is a fungus that affects a wide range of crops. It survives for a long time in the soil as small black resting bodies called sclerotia.
Despite a number of marketing groups currently funding their own breeding programmes resulting in varieties that are exclusive to their members, HDC soft-fruit panel members are keen to continue raspberry breeding and development.
Clubroot (Plasmodiophora brassicae) is one of the most serious diseases impacting on UK brassica crops. It is prevalent in all major production areas.
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