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An Introduction To Plant Viruses

Plant viruses are pathogenic to higher plants.  They can cause a dramatic decrease in yield, quality and shelf life and even plant death.  Plant virus are made up of a strand of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protein sheath.  Technically…
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Changes in EU Legislation On Pesticide Residues [July 2019 Update]

Recently, the EU have published 5 changes to regulations regarding pesticide residues. These changes will become active in April and August of 2019 and include reductions and elevations of the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for different products: 1.…
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Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [October 2018 Update]

The European Union is constantly revising its Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) to determine the maximum allowable crop pesticide residue in food. Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005…
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Avocado Farming Guide

Avocado farming in Kenya and around the globe is gaining prominence partly because of the nutritious benefits of the avocado fruit. But where does one start in farming these delicious fruit? Full of flavor, packing a high nutrient punch and…
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Designing A Suitable Fertigation System

Fertigation is the application of fertilizer together with irrigation water.  The most common form of fertigation in Kenya is via drip irrigation.  Fertigation provides precise nutrition, application flexibility, minimized loses & environmental…
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Greenhouse Farming Starter Guide

Greenhouse farming 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 working hard all year round. Soil temperatures…
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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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Changes In EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [June 2018 Update]

Pesticide regulation via maximum residue level (MRL) testing allows the European Union to set maximum allowable crop pesticide residues in food Pesticide Regulation and MRL Testing A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published.…
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The Role Of Soil Health In Natural Disaster Mitigation

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 and its inability…
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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…