Research on raspberries and strawberries features in latest HDC annual review

The latest review magazine for soft fruit crops has been published by the Horticultural Development Company (HDC).

Soft Fruit Review was first launched in 2009 and sent to soft fruit growers across the UK to cover the work being funded by levy payers. It proved to be so popular that the HDC panel asked that it be published annually.

The 2010-11 edition provides updates on the raspberry and strawberry projects. These are researching novel ways of controlling pests and diseases to reduce the risk of pesticide residues.

It also includes information on research into Verticillium wilt control, strawberry crown rot, strawberry soft rots, a new biological control method for vine weevil, western flower thrips, raspberry cane midge control, raspberry leaf and bud mite, blackberry pests and diseases, irrigation and nutrition and the development of new strawberry and raspberry varieties.

HDC communications manager Scott Raffle said: "We were delighted with the response to our first Soft Fruit Review and believed that it helped growers to view the full portfolio of HDC research on soft fruit in one publication.

"We do hope that this year's edition will be as well received. We are determined to ensure that all members of soft fruit businesses get the chance to read a copy."

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