Game of Fruit 2017: Fruit Farming 101 highlights

Fruit Farming 101 was aimed at new entrants to the deciduous fruit industry and was well attended by eager delegates. The overarching theme for 2017 was crop protection with a special focus on Integrated Pest Management.

 
HORTGRO Science GM Hugh Campbell has welcomed delegates to #fruitfarming101 for new entrants to the deciduous industry #techsymposium17 pic.twitter.com/JYRvaBFlAA— HORTGRO […]

HORTGRO-funded researcher selected as AAS affiliate

Stellenbosch – Stellenbosch University nematologist Dr Nomakholwa Stokwe can look forward to a boost to her academic career after being selected as an affiliate of The African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

“It’s an honour and I feel that it is a big thing considering the support that the AAS promised to provide. I think it […]

By |March 24th, 2017|News, Research|0 Comments|

Nematodes: A window into orchard soil health

By Dane McDonald

To get an idea of the condition of the soil lying beneath an orchard, growers need to look no further than the millions of microorganisms writhing around in the ground.

This is according to nematode PhD researcher Caro Kapp from the Entomology Department at the University of Stellenbosch.

Her PhD thesis deals broadly with […]

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    SA–India collaboration to take biological pest control to next level

SA–India collaboration to take biological pest control to next level

Stellenbosch – Deciduous fruit growers are set to benefit from an exciting collaboration which has been initiated between Stellenbosch University insect biological control researcher Dr Antoinette Malan and a bioprocess engineering expert from the Indian subcontinent.

Malan specialises in the development of methods whereby biological organisms like nematodes can be used to control economically important […]

By |August 29th, 2016|News, Research|0 Comments|

NEMATODE FACT FILE

Nematodes are microscopic worm-like organisms that attack the roots of plants.  Damaged roots result in a reduced uptake of nutrients and water.

 

Pome fruit is primarily attacked by root-lesion and dagger nematodes.  Root-knot nematodes, which cause the characteristic galls on roots, do not attack pome fruit.  Due to the absence of these galls it is […]

Crop Protection Seminar 2015

About 128 people attended the annual HORTGRO Science Crop Protection Seminar that was held in Stellenbosch last week. The seminar attracted role players from as far afield as Durban, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Matthew Addison, Hortgro Science Crop Protection Manager, said seminars like these are invaluable for the industry. “Not only do role […]

By |September 25th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments|

EPNs our new Biological Superweapon?

Ten years ago, Addison, Crop Protection
Manager at HORTGRO Science, had
R30 000 funding but no one to take the research
further. A great believer in biological
control as a fundamental aspect of integrated
pest management he realised the potential,
but was at a loss as to how to proceed.
Dr Antoinette Malan, then Principal Plant
and Quality Officer at the National […]

THE IDENTIFICATION OF PLANTS, PATHOGENS, INSECTS AND NEMATODES THROUGH DNA FINGERPRINTING

1. PLANTS Cultivar typing has traditionally been based on phenotypic characteristics of mature fruit trees. This method is subjected to environmental changes and human judgement, and often a decision on the authenticity of a plant is made with the fruit as single criterion. This process, in the case of pears, can take up to […]

Controlling Nematodes in Pome Fruit

Practical Guidelines for the short- and long- term control of nematodes

By Sheila Storey

Nematodes are microscopic worm-like organisms that
attack the roots of plants. Damaged roots result in a
reduced uptake of nutrients and water.
Pome fruit is primarily attacked by root-lesion, dagger
and stubby root nematodes. Root-knot nematodes,
which cause the characteristic galls on roots, do not
attack pome fruit. Due to […]

Nematodes in Stone Fruit

Practical guidelines for the short- and long term control of nematodes

Click HERE: 04_Nematodes in Stone Fruit

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