Brassica resources

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial brassica production. The available reports  and resources are listed below.

PESTS OF BRASSICA:

Common pests of brassicas poster

Pest insects in brassica crops

Pest insects infesting Brassica crops

Minor pests of brassicas


Aphids

Basic biology of the peach–potato aphid

Biology and management of the mealy cabbage aphid

Identification of potato aphid and transmitted viruses


Bean seed fly

Risk factors and crop damage caused by bean seed flies


Cabbage root fly

Cabbage root fly biology and management in brassica crops

Research project FV 328a: Brassicas: Evaluation of novel insecticides for control of cabbage root fly and aphids

Research project FV 328b: Brassicas: comparison of treatments to control cabbage root fly project

Research project FV 364: Novel approaches for the management of cabbage root fly

Research project FV 416: Brassicas: module drenches to control cabbage root fly

Research project FV 416a: Brassicas: comparison of treatments to control cabbage root fly project

Research project FV 416b: Brassicas: Treatments to control cabbage root fly


Cabbage stem weevil

Biology of cabbage stem weevil in vegetable brassicas and oilseed rape


Cabbage whitefly

Cabbage whitefly

Pest insects in brassica crops: cabbage whitefly


Flea beetles

Control of flea beetles and other key insect pests of leafy salad Brassica crops


Leatherjackets

Risk factors and management of leatherjackets in field crops


Mammal pests

Rodent control on farms

Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture


Moths & butterflies

Biology of the garden pebble moth and damage caused to brassicas

Biology and management of the large white butterfly on brassicas

Diamondback moth

Identification and control of the small white butterfly on vegetable brassicas

Identification and management of the cabbage moth in vegetable brassicas


Nematodes

Management of the beet cyst nematode on sugar beet and brassicas

Identification and management of nematodes in field crops


Slugs

Integrated slug control

Research project FV 379: Leafy salads and Brassicas: slugs - a review


Swede midge

Swede midge: monitor, detect and control


Thrips

Basic biology and management of onion thrips on field crops

Control of thrips in Allium and Brassica crops


Turnip sawfly

Turnip sawfly biology and impact on vegetable brassicas and oilseed rape

Turnip sawfly: biology and control


Whitefly

Research project FV 399: Improving control of Brassica whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella)

Research project FV 406: Brassicas: integrated management of whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella)

Research project FV 406a: Brassicas: Improving control of whitefly


Woodpigeon

Woodpigeon management strategies and their effectiveness in reducing crop damage in Brassicas, salad crops, peas and oilseed rape

Research project FV 426: Brassicas, leafy salads, oilseed rape and legumes: Developing and evaluating management strategies to mitigate woodpigeon Columba palumbus damage to crops




DISEASES OF BRASSICA:

Brassica diseases guide

Common diseases of brassicas poster

Video: Brassica bacterial diseases project update

Research project FV 352: Disease management in organic Brassica seed and transplants

Research project FV 389: Combining biopesticides and other treatments to increase pest control

Research project FV 456: Delivery of a Diagnostic test pilot scheme for Brassicas and Onions


Black rot

Characterisation of Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris isolates from the 2019 outbreak of black rot of crucifers in Cornwall


Clubroot

An introduction to clubroot in oilseed rape and field brassicas

Clubroot management in brassicas: pathogen life cycle

Disinfection for the control of clubroot during propagation

Research project FV/PE 337: Brassica & Lettuce Propagation - Identifying means of killing clubroot and Olpidium resting spores in trays to avoid infection of transplants

Research project FV/PE 337a: Brassica and lettuce propagation: scaling up means of controlling clubroot resting spores in trays to avoid infection of transplants

Research project FV 349: Further Development of "in field" tests for resting spores of clubroot and the development of clubroot control based on detection


Head rot

Research project FV 378: Assessment of plant elicitors to induce resistance against head-rot in broccoli


Leaf miner

Identification and life cycle of the brassica leaf miner on vegetables and oilseed rape


Leaf spot


Research project CP 099: Diagnostics: Validation of the lateral flow detection devices for the light leaf spot and powdery mildew vegetable Brassica pathogens and testing of white blister detection test prototypes

Research project FV 422: Improved management of light leaf spot in brassicas by exploiting resistance and understanding pathogen variation


Phoma dry rot

Research project FV 431: Swede - Control of Phoma dry rot


Turnip yellow virus

Turnip yellow virus (TuYV) factsheet

Research project FV 365: The incidence of Turnip yellows virus (TuYV) in overwintered cauliflower and Brussels sprout and the effect of the virus on yield quality and storage

Research project FV 365a: The time of infection of overwintered cauliflower and Brussels sprout by Turnip yellows virus (TuYV) and the potential of insecticides to control the virus


Viruses

Research project FV 461: A literature review of novel strategies to manage viruses in UK crops




WEEDS OF BRASSICA

Control of volunteer potatoes in vegetable crops

Research project FV 307: Reducing herbicide use treating detected weeds in small patches




OTHER TOPICS ON BRASSICA:

Energy

Research project FV 383: Energy efficiency case studies for field vegetables enterprises


Food safety

How to keep fresh produce safe to eat

Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Disinfecting irrigation water for use on fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Keeping it clean

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Managing risk in the production of fresh produce


Harvest

Research project FV 368: Review of technologies for harvesting of Brassicas and whole head lettuce

Research project FV 425: Application of chlorophyll fluorescence for prediction of harvest maturity in broccoli


Labour and skills

Edible horticulture skills survey

Video: Webinar - Operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture

Video: Webinar - Using your time effectively


Nutrient management and irrigation

Establishing a resilient water supply

Green manures – effects on soil nutrient management and soil physical and biological properties

Green manures – implications of economic and environmental benefits on rotational management

Green manures – species selection

Interpretation of Brassicas leaf nutrient analysis

Introduction to fertigation

Protecting the water supply for your crops

Nutrient deficiencies of Brassicas

RB209 Section 6 Vegetables and bulbs

Research project FV 345: Establishing Best Practice for determining soil nitrogen supply

Research project FV 345a: Establishing Best Practice for determing Soil Nitrogen Supply

Research project FV 345b: Establishing Best Practice for determining Soil Nitrogen Supply

Research project FV 363: Developing an intelligent overhead irrigation system for high quality horticultural field crops


Quality

Research project CP 145: Exploiting seed coat properties to improve uniformity and resilience in Brassica seed vigour

Research project FV 202d: An evaluation of autumn/winter cauliflower, spring cabbage cultivars and other winter brassica crops

Research project FV 202e:An evaluation of autumn/winter cauliflower, spring cabbage cultivars and other winter brassica crops

Research project FV 202f: An evaluation of autumn/winter cauliflower, spring cabbage cultivars and other winter brassica crops

Research project FV 202g: An evaluation of autumn/winter cauliflower, spring cabbage cultivars and other winter brassica crops

Research project FV 431: Swede: non-destructive detection of brownheart


Resistance

Monitoring and managing insecticide resistance in UK pests

Practical measures to prevent and manage insecticide, fungicide and herbicide resistance for horticultural crops

Research project FV 402: Brassicas: pre-adaptation of seedlings for increased resistance to pest and pathogen attack

Research project FV 417: Use of plant defence elicitors to provide induced resistance protection in Brassica, Allium and Radish crops


Soils

How to count earthworms

Measuring soil nutrients, pH and organic matter

Video: the worm count test

Video: How to conduct a quick assessment of your soils

Video: Webinar - Soil health for horticulture

Video: Webinar - Soil health improvement – Cover crops and organic amendments


Storage

Internal disorders of stored white cabbage

Improving quality and extending shelf life of broccoli heads through ethylene management

Video: Avoiding food waste by control of disease in storage cabbage

Research project FV 395: Strategies for broccoli management to improve quality and extend storage life

Research project FV 430: Cabbage and swede: reducing wastage in stored winter crops


Varieties

Brassica variety trials 2015

Independent evaluation of Brassica varieties 2017/18


Volunteer potatoes

Control of volunteer potatoes in vegetable crops




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