Category Archives: biological control

Talk to the world’s leading greenhouse IPM researchers on June 7th!

Have pressing pest management questions you can’t get answered?  Looking to see what new strategies are coming down the IPM pipeline?   Then come to the Grower Session of the IOBC Canada 2017 meeting and network with world leaders in the … Continue reading

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Cooler weather means more foxglove aphids: a refresher

Now that temperatures have cooled down, it’s time to start watching for foxglove aphid as your primary aphid pest, rather than green peach or melon aphid.  Here’s links to 2 articles that were published this week that talk about this … Continue reading

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4 Ways You’re Accidentally Killing Your Predatory Mites!

Recently, I had an interaction with a grower where their long-standing biocontrol program for thrips suddenly seemed to be failing. After a (too long) investigation by Graeme Murphy and myself, we came to a horrible realization: their predatory mite were … Continue reading

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Webinar Detailing Thrips Control Strategies Now on the Web.

For those of you that missed my webinar on “Thrips Control: from Propagation to Pocketbook”, it is now available for free on the Greenhouse Canada Magazine website.  Keep reading for more details and a link to the talk.

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Online Course Offered in Biological Control in Greenhouses by U.S. Experts

Experts at Michigan State and Kansas State are now offering a fall term of the pre-recorded online course on Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers. The enrollment period is open until Oct. 14, 2016, where the course will then be available … Continue reading

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Leafminer control in Ontario’s greenhouse crops -what’s working?

As much as we all hate thrips, there are, frankly, worse problems to have.  And it’s name is Leafminer.  These flies cause just about the ugliest damage we see in floriculture (Fig. 1), and they have incredible pesticide-resistance capabilities. Outbreaks seem … Continue reading

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Where do thrips come from? YOUR MUM(s).

Hopefully my bad attempt at a “Your Momma” joke will get your attention, because this is an important post. Ongoing research by Rose Buitenhuis’ Lab at Vineland has shown that an incredible number of thrips and spider mites come in … Continue reading

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