Practical findings from AHDB trials, plus summaries of academic research and scientific trials, compiled by Dr Ken Cockshull.

Science Into Practice - Diagnostic test for Fusarium

FV POBOF 452: Fusarium -- Investigations into the control of basal rots in crops A new molecular diagnostic test has been developed that can detect Fusarium pathogens in infected plant and soil samples for the first time.

Science Into Practice - Cucurbit pollination

Science Into Practice - Resistant predatory mites

SF 153: Selection of strains of predatory mites that can survive applications of control products for spotted-wing drosophila.

Science Into Practice - Coriander yield decline

Science Into Practice - Field storage for carrots

Science Into Practice - Rose thrips and strawberry risk

Science Into Practice - Field storage of onion varieties

FV 348d: Independent assessment of field storage potential of onion varieties.

Science Into Practice - Key findings on role of earwigs

Earwigs play an important part in regulating populations of aphids, scale insects, codling moth and pear sucker in apple and pear orchards.

Science Into Practice - Downy mildew control in basil

PE 024 -- Basil: Improving knowledge and control of downy mildew in protected and outdoor crops.

Science into Practice - Western flower thrips control

SF 146: New predators as bio-control agents of western flower thrips on protected strawberry.

Science into Practice - Spotted wing drosophila

A review of fruiting plant species as potential dead-end hosts of Drosophila suzukii.

Science Into Practice - Agapanthus gall midge

Science Into Practice - Leaf and bud nematodes

CP 104: Novel approaches for the management of leaf and bud nematodes in hardy nursery stock.

Science Into Practice - Extending acorn storage

Pedunculate oaks only produce good seed crops every three-to-eight years. As oak seeds are difficult to store, the challenge for growers is balancing supply for future years.

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