HDC issues biopesticides advice

The Horticultural Development Company (HDC) has issued a factsheet on plant protection products based on micro-organisms, botanicals and semiochemicals, supported by workshops.

Getting the best from biopesticides’, released this December, focuses on biopesticide use in both ornamental and protected edible crops.

The factsheet describes the biopesticides registered as plant protection products and covers the biopesticides available, how they work, their application, their advantages and limitations.

All HDC levy payers will receive a hard copy of the factsheet, which can also be accessed via www.hdc.org.uk

The first workshop for ornamental growers took place on 27 November 2014 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The event included presentations by John Richards of John Richards Nurseries and Colin Bloomfield; thoughts on lessons learned by growers in the Netherlands by Dr Aleid Dik, lessons on improving biopesticide application by ornamental growers from Dr Roy Bateman; and the future of biopesticide use and new technologies by Dr. Roma Gwynn.

The afternoon session comprised of ‘clinics’ from a number of companies specialising in biopesticide products which enabled growers to find out how to maximise the efficacy of products and integrate their use of biopesticides and conventional pesticides and develop effective control programmes.

The next workshop will be held on 27 January 2014 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire focused on the Protected Edibles sector.

To register for this event please contact HDC’s Ella Stanton at ella.stanton@hdc.ahdb.org.uk


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