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Common Potato Pests And Diseases

Potato Pests and diseases. Here we will look at the main pests and diseases that affect potato yields in Kenya. The Irish potato, Solanum tuberosum, is an important staple crop grown in Kenya.  Potatoes are extremely good for us!  Potatoes…
Fall army worm (FAW)

The Disastrously Destructive Fall Army Worm (FAW)

Fall Army Worm (FAW), is a new emerging invasive pest that is wreaking havoc in Kenya and many other parts of the world, causing huge losses to farmers and impacting on food security.  FAW or Spodoptera frugiperda, is a caterpillar native to…
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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) & Reduced Pesticide Use

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has since become a buzzword in the Kenya floriculture industry as effective pest management strategy. IPM is the ideal concept to subscribe to and everyone aches to be seen either as an adopter or advocate of…
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Nematode: Our Silent Nemesis?

Nematode are microscopic, non-segmented, round worms that come under the Phylum Nematoda.  They are very diverse and live in organisms, plants, soils and water (terrestrial and aquatic).  100 cc of soil can contain several thousand nematodes. Nematodes…
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Nematodes Prevention & Control

Nematodes are tiny microscopic worms that spread to and within greenhouses through contaminated plants, water, machinery, animals and humans Ornamental growers are reporting increasing nematode infestations under greenhouse production. According…
Rose plant diseases

Common Rose Plant Diseases & How To Prevent Them

Rose plant diseases limit production and quality. The most common diseases are fungal diseases. Rose Plant Diseases Causes For the disease-causing fungi to start growing you need a combination of factors to come together at one point in time: 1)…
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Duponchelia fovealis & How to Control Them

Duponchelia fovealis, aka the European Pepper Moth, is an emerging pest in our Kenyan greenhouses. This may be due to the reduced use of harsh chemicals. You can often see the adults as you wander through the greenhouses, when disturbed they…