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  • Integrated control only way to stop spread of PCN

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has published updated recommendations for the management of Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN). Dr Anne Stone, Knowledge Transfer Manager at AHDB Potatoes, has edited a new PCN Grower Guide, and said: “As we revealed last month, PCN continues to spread into new areas across Britain. The only way we’re going to stop the spread is through an...

    4 December 2018

  • Fungicide testing sheds more light on emerging blight strains

    Results of research into the fungicide sensitivity of GB late blight isolates was presented at AHDB Agronomists’ Conference 2018 today (4 December.) The work – carried out by Dr Alison Lees, a Research Leader at the James Hutton Institute (JHI) – tested fungicides belonging to a range of Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) groups for their ability to inhibit late blight. Dr Lees noted...

    4 December 2018

  • Dr Bill Watts to Work with Potato Industry in Wales and the West

    Bill Watts has joined AHDB as Arable Knowledge Exchange Manager (Potatoes) for the West Midlands, South West and Wales. Having recently completed his PhD, Bill has extensive research experience in crop management and is a specialist in potato cyst nematode (PCN) control, which is attributable to in excess of £25 million in losses to the industry each year. Bill has been a regular presenter at...

    18 October 2018

  • Researchers and Agronomists Unite Behind Call for PCN Testing

    AHDB Potatoes has launched a new guide to help potato growers test for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN), a pest that costs the industry over £25m each year. The release of PCN: Sampling and laboratory guide draws on AHDB funded research, conducted by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) and BioSS, measuring the effectiveness of soil sampling techniques ahead of PCN testing. In a further...

    8 October 2018

  • Potential Diquat ban challenges future harvest

    Edit 15 October: since the publication of this article, the EU Commission has decided not to renew the approval of diquat based on concerns related to the exposure of bystanders, residents and birds. Use of alternative herbicides was the main topic of discussion at the final AHDB Strategic Potato Farm field walk of the season. Graham Tomalin of VCS Agronomy discussed with the 45 growers and...

    4 October 2018