Archive for the ‘Pests’ Category

21st Century Infectious Potato Disease

Posted on: May 16th, 2012 by Annette Welsford No Comments

A really nasty seed-borne bacterial blackleg disease, Dickeya solani is causing concern to potato farmers. First identified in Holland in 2005, Dickeya solani is an aggressive form of another type of blackleg disease, Dickeya dianthicola that has established itself in several countries in Europe, including Spain, France and Belgium, as well as in Finland and Poland. It has also spread to the ...

Which Pests like Eating Potatoes?

Posted on: May 14th, 2011 by Annette Welsford 3 Comments

Growing your own potatoes can be a lot of fun, and if you get it right, rewarding too. But we aren't the only creatures that like potatoes, and you need to take steps to ensure that pests don't eat your potato crop before you get a chance to harvest it. Whilst you can't see the potato ...