‘Garden box’ could be used to protect crops from pesticides
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Garden boxes, similar to garden netting used for outdoor landscaping, could soon be used as a way to protect plants from pesticides.
The technology has already been used successfully to prevent crop damage from pesticides, but a recent test by the National Garden Association of America (NGAA) showed it could be effective against diseases.
A study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine showed that when treated with an “immediate” dose of a chemical called neonicotinoid (ND) to control blight on corn, soybeans, cotton and sugar beets, the corn plants did not develop symptoms of the disease.
The research was conducted at the University of Kentucky’s Botanical Garden, where researchers found that after six weeks, the crop was less susceptible to the fungus.
The results are a reminder that a pesticide-free environment is still critical for crop success.
In other words, if we can eliminate a disease, it may not be as severe or spread as fast, says NGA President David J. Fritsch.
“The message is that, if you can control the disease, the crops will be better protected,” he says.
A lot of people don’t realize how important it is to make sure your plants are getting all their nutrients.
Focusing on the root, which plants use to absorb nutrients, has long been a way for plants to protect themselves against pathogens, but the research on neonic pesticides may help solve that problem.
While the technology works in some plants, it also has the potential to help control other pests, such as cockroaches and bees.
A recent study showed that neonic-treated corn produced fewer insecticides, which means fewer insects are killed and less pesticide is released.
The National Garden Foundation, which supports the study, hopes the technology will eventually be licensed and used by other growers. “
This could have significant impacts on crop production and food security,” says Fritsche.
The National Garden Foundation, which supports the study, hopes the technology will eventually be licensed and used by other growers.
It will also be helpful to people who grow plants for food, because the research suggests that some pests can also be killed by neonic pesticide use.
In addition to its potential to protect crop growth, the new study also shows that the technology could help combat diseases, such a diseases caused by the fungus that causes corn rust.
Neonic-resistant blight was once found in the United States, but scientists believe it may have been eradicated by the early 2000s.
In fact, the fungus had been eradication-resistant in the U.S. since the 1970s.
Researchers believe the fungus, called Bacillus thuringiensis, has been able to survive in some places for more than a century because of the neonic treatment.
If the fungus can survive longer in certain environments, that means it could also survive outside.
“We’ve been trying to get it out of the U: The U.K., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and elsewhere,” says Jana Luszczyk, an organic-gardening expert with the American Botanical Society (AAS) in Washington, D.C. The fungus has also been found in Germany, but not in the country that pioneered neonic technology.
Neonics could have a big impact in the future.
“I think that it will be a real boon for agriculture,” says Luszyczak.
“It is a potential game changer.
The story appears in the November issue of Agricultural Economics.”
People will be using neonic as a pest control and it will definitely be a big part of that.”
The story appears in the November issue of Agricultural Economics.
Garden boxes, similar to garden netting used for outdoor landscaping, could soon be used as a way to protect plants…