12 Tips On Building Healthy Soil In Greenhouses

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director, Msc. Applied Science When you grow plants out in the open field, your soil has time to rest and regenerate. Not so in the greenhouse, where the climate is much hotter and the soil and plants are…
nematode silent nemesis

Nematodes: Our Silent Nemesis?

By Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director at CropNuts, Msc. Applied Science Nemesis - the inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall.  Synonymous with downfall, ruin, ruination, undoing, destruction Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented,…
Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels MRL

Changes In EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [June 2018 Update]

By Ruth Vaughan June 2018 A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published. These regulations will become active in June 2018 and December 2018. These changes include both reductions and increases of the Pesticide Maximum…
Food safety Standards

Food Safety Standards: How Safe Is The Food You Eat?

By Ruth Vaughan Food safety is a rapidly emerging discipline.  We are what we eat.  How safe is our food? What is food safety? Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, testing and storage of food in…
Soil health disaster mitigation

The Role Of Soil Health In Natural Disaster Mitigation

By Ruth Vaughan You may think that the common factor between drought and flood in many places in Kenya is water, especially lately. Other than the lack or abundance of rain, the major reason for droughts and floods is the soil's health status…

Agrobacterium - The Rose Grower’s Nightmare

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod shaped gram negative motile bacteria that lives in the soil.  It has flagella that allow it to swim through moisture films in soil and on plants.  On its own its harmless, but when combined with the Ti plasmid…
Flower Farming Kenya Africa

Critical Issues in Plant Nutrition in Floriculture

By Ruth Vaughan <Scroll down to subscribe to this newsletter> In my line of work I visit hundreds of flower farms a year; the flourishing, the ticking over, and the ones in dire straits. A lot of my hard work is dealing with farms that…
Crop Pest diseases

The Influence of Plant Nutrition on Pests and Diseases

Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts There is increasing pressure on us to grow healthy flowers, fruit and vegetables with less and less chemical pesticides.  The export markets we supply to check pesticide residues in the produce and…
Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels

Recent Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)

By Ruth Vaughan March 2018 A number of changes to EC regulations have been published. These regulations will become active in the 1st quarter of 2018 and the 3rd quarter of 2018. These changes include both reductions and increases of the Pesticide…
Flower Industry Sustainability

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 2)

By Ruth Vaughan In Part 1 of our newsletter, we explored the various farming practices that improve the soil and the environment. In this second issue, we discuss various useful tips on how to maintain flower production over time (without…