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
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).
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.
Pre and post-harvest splitting in radishes results in significant product wastage.
The phasing-out of tungsten bulbs led HDC to investigate alternatives (PC 296).
The soft-fruit industry is under pressure to reduce pesticide residues.
Spraying technology has seen some significant developments over the past few years.
Early experience of using SmartFreshTM in pear stores found that the fruit often fails to ripen properly after coming out of store.
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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