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Jam-packed agenda for soft fruit event


A new device to monitor western flower thrips, latest research on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and control strategies for strawberry powdery mildew are just some of the topics to be discussed at the AHDB Horticulture/EMR Association’s annual Soft Fruit Day in November.

The conference has been confirmed for 21 November 2017 at East Malling, Kent to deliver a technical update for the soft fruit industry. Industry specialists will update growers and agronomists on the latest results from research projects funded by AHDB to help keep the soft fruit industry resilient to pest and disease. Presentations will also share the latest innovation and developments in breeding programmes, irrigation and pollination.

Scott Raffle, knowledge exchange manager, AHDB Horticulture, said: “We have a jam-packed agenda that will showcase the progress our research programmes are making to tackle the most pressing issues facing the soft fruit industry. Developments for the control of SWD will be a high priority for many growers, but we’ll also be examining the potential threat posed by rose thrips and looking at new strategies to increase the presence of several beneficial predators in crops.”

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