Horticultural Research

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


Science Into Practice - Bulb hygiene at drip treatment

25 July 2014

Previous HDC-funded work identified a replacement for formalin as an additive to bulb treatment tanks. However, the industry wanted to avoid depending on just FAM 30 (an iodine-based disinfectant).


Science Into Practice - Sweet pepper fruit rot control

11 July 2014

Internal fruit rot of sweet pepper is an increasing problem worldwide and poses a significant issue for growers because symptoms will often not arise until at the packhouse or supermarket.


Science Into Practice - Reducing loss in radish crops

27 June 2014

Pre and post-harvest splitting in radishes results in significant product wastage.


Science Into Practice - Crop lighting for ornamentals

13 June 2014

The phasing-out of tungsten bulbs led HDC to investigate alternatives (PC 296).


Science Into Practice - Minimising residues

30 May 2014

The soft-fruit industry is under pressure to reduce pesticide residues.


Science Into Practice - Finding better ways to spray

02 May 2014

Spraying technology has seen some significant developments over the past few years.


Science Into Practice - Conference pear storage

18 April 2014

Early experience of using SmartFreshTM in pear stores found that the fruit often fails to ripen properly after coming out of store.


Science Into Practice - Better defences for lettuce crops

21 March 2014

Spray programmes incorporating already approved and experimental bio-fungicides and chemical products with activity against the main lettuce diseases are being evaluated in HDC project FV/PE 410 "Lettuce: Further development of 'Best Practice' for di...


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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 25 July 2014

NEWS: Gardeners’ wages likely to be raised by RHS in benchmark exercise

GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation

KIT TEST: Echo, Makita and Stihl submit their latest chainsaw models for testing at Derby College

PLANT FOCUS: Ligularia


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