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
The use of herbicides after cropping in narcissus production is important because weeds germinate after the soil has been disturbed by pickers.
Pea breeders have introduced several new snap pea varieties to the industry. However, until now there has been no independent assessment or evaluation of these compared to existing standard varieties.
After a Waste Resources Action Programme-funded project to assess the effect of green waste as a mulch in newly planted orchards, the HDC funded project TF 177 managed by Tim Biddlecombe of the Farm Advisory Services Team to compare subsequent effe...
Hawthorn-parsley aphid (Dysaphis apiifolia) and mint aphid (Ovatus crataegarius) are common pests on parsley and mint respectively. Growers have not seen parasitism of either of these aphids by any of the three parasitoid species commonly used in gla...
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.
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