One of the latest products to attract academic and industrial interest is the use of biochar.Author :- Miss Emma Schaffert, Drs Glynn Percival & Kelby Fite Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory UK and USWhat is Biochar? Biochar is a highly purified form of charcoal that is specifically designed for soil application to improve plant growth and health More research is also required to investigate the potential benefits of biochar in combination with other soil products such as fertilisers or plant protection bio-control agents Clearly, more research into understanding the impacts of biochar soil amendments on plant growth and resistance to pests and diseases as well as environmental stresses is needed For example, source material with a high water content will often result in more porous biochar, ideal for colonization by beneficial bacteria and fungi such as mychorrizae, in turn maximizing soil structure and retention by increasing surface area
A collection of companies are joining forces with The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to create the country's first sustainable urban agrihood. The mixed-use urban development plans were announced at a Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 30 media event.
The emerging threat of the Q-biotype whitefly this past year earned it a prime time spot among the 2016 Florida Ag Expo educational session lineup. Lance Osborne, UF/IFAS MFREC; Cindy McKenzie, USDA (Ft. Pierce); and Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS GCREC discussed the hot topic. Osborne told the crowd: "It can be manageable. Just beware." Photo by Paul RusnakA dangerous new development occurred this summer — the Q-Biotype whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) was detected in outdoor landscapes. This marks the first time the Q-Biotype has been found in the U.S., outside of a greenhouse or wholesale nursery, since the pest was first detected on an ornamental plant in an Arizona greenhouse in December 2004. This year in Florida, there have been 53 detections of the Q-Biotype since April, in retail nurseries and residential landscapes in 13 counties in Florida, from Miami-Dade to Duval County. Other states have reported detections this year, as well. The discovery of Q-Biotype whitefly in the landscape is
Diagnosing problems correctly and efficiently in berry patches may sound more like “It is not what you know, but who you know.” We all have heard of the phrase. The same principle can be true in diagnosing cultural, disease or pest problems in berry production. Berry growers can encounter many problems in their daily routine. Some problems are relatively straightforward while others may be much more difficult. These “strange” problems may take what growers know and whom they know. Here are a few pointers to make your life a little easier. Know the Experts Nancy Taylor, the director of C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic of The Ohio State University, demonstrates the characteristics of fungal culture of Phomopsis twig blight of blueberries to Jacob Scharfetter, a college intern from Kenyon College in Ohio. (Photo credit: Gary Gao) Getting to know the experts in your state is probably the most important step in correctly diagnosing problems. I’d start with your local,
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