Research

Practical findings from Horticultural Development Council trial, plus summaries of academic research and scientific trials, compiled by Dr Ken Cockshull.

Automated harvesting

Harvesting is one of the most labour-intensive and costly operations in horticulture. AHDB Horticulture is supporting a project led by KMS Projects to automate these processes to create a system that can be developed to automate the harvesting of other crops such as cauliflower and lettuce, with the ultimate objective to deliver commercial benefits.

Science Into Practice - Bacterial canker on plum trees

Bacterial canker is a destructive disease of plums and cherries that has been causing ongoing problems for growers for many years.

Science Into Practice - Better control of Scaptomyza

In the UK in 2009, Scaptomyza flava was identified as the pest responsible for the economic damage on watercress and Cruciferae grown as baby-leaf salads.

Science into Practice - Better methods for bulb planting

CP 103: The application of precision agronomy to UK production of narcissus (AHDB Horticulture studentship 2013-16).

Science Into Practice - Tomato leaf mould defences

PE 018 Efficacy of conventional fungicides, biofungicides and disinfectants against tomato leaf mould (Passalora fulva)

Science Into Practice - Dry matter's link to quality of fruit

Project TF 222: Desk study looking at the relationship between dry matter content of apples and fruit quality.

Science Into Practice - Winter brassica crop research

FV 202g - Brassicas: an evaluation of autumn/winter cauliflower cultivars, spring cabbage cultivars and other winter brassica crops

Science into practice - Fertilisers for peat reduction

The drive to move horticulture away from peat-based growing media has presented a challenge for growers as they strive to produce quality plants in peat-reduced and peat-free materials.

Science Into Practice - Biocontrols for tackling insects

CP 082 Discovery and development of new phylloplane biocontrol agents to control insect pests (AHDB Horticulture studentship)

Science Into Practice - Spider mite predator trials

Spider mites (Panonychus ulmi and Tetranychus urticae) are becoming increasingly difficult to control on protected cherry. AHDB Horticulture project TF 219, led by Michelle Fountain of East Malling Research, is investigating the use of the predatory mite Amblyseius andersoni both for preventive and curative control.

Science Into Practice - Key mushroom issues tackled

Trichoderma aggressivum, brown cap mushroom disease and fungal diseases have been major problems for the mushroom industry.

Science Into Practice - Soils research programme

Soils are a high priority for AHDB Horticulture. The majority of soil research funded to date has centred on soil-borne disease control. However, given the importance of soils to the long-term sustainability of most horticultural crops, a comprehensive soils research programme was recently commissioned.

Science Into Practice - Soils research programme

Soils are a high priority for AHDB Horticulture. The majority of soil research funded to date has centred on soil-borne disease control. However, given the importance of soils to the long-term sustainability of most horticultural crops, a comprehensive soils research programme was recently commissioned.

Science Into Practice - Blackberry leaf midge control

Blackberry leaf midge has become an increasing problem in protected raspberry and blackberry. The midge larvae feed in primocane shoot tips, causing leaf roll, which makes them difficult to target with sprays.

Science Into Practice - Tackling tipburn and leaf spot

Cordyline yellow leaf spot syndrome and tipburn are major problems in cordyline and phormium crops. Production is commonly affected, but until AHDB Horticulture-funded project HNS 171a, growers had been unable to take preventive action because there had been no clearly defined cause.

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