Soft Fruit

30 September 2020

AHDB's Sector Strategy Director, Horticulture, Ruth Ashfield provides an update on the potential ballot in horticulture

7 September 2020

This factsheet guides the implementation of practical food safety and risk assessment. It provides background information on important potential microbial contaminants of fresh produce, and also considers the role of microbiological testing of indicator species for water and fresh produce.

3 September 2020

This guide has been produced to provide soft fruit growers with an easy reference to get the most out of their biocontrol use within an integrated crop management system

3 September 2020

Gooseberry sawfly, American gooseberry mildew and die-back caused by Phytophthora and Eutypa are a particular problem for many growers. This guide will help to identify regularly found pest and disease problems and how best to manage them. It also provides a resume of the current varieties available to growers along with some brief notes on cultural considerations.

3 September 2020

This report also describes a new approach to mathematical modelling of the dormancy response of different floricane raspberry varieties.

3 September 2020

AHDB has reviewed the literature on potential dead-end hosts of spotted wing drosophila (SWD). These are plants which produce soft skinned berries which are attractive to adult female SWD for egg laying, but are not conducive to egg hatch or larval development. Therefore they offer a potential way of diverting adults away from fruit crops and reducing or slowing population development of the pest.

3 September 2020

Soft fruit growers can use lessons learned in the high temperature greenhouse sector to improve control over climatic conditions and reduce energy costs whilst maintaining crop quality and output.

3 September 2020

This guide has been produced to inform soft fruit growers of the different systems for capturing water, how to assess its quality and how to deal with contamination before it is reused. To help growers, a number of case studies are provided to offer examples of how some soft fruit and hardy nursery stock producers have already implemented water recycling systems in their businesses. Examples are also included from the Netherlands, where considerable expertise has already been developed.

3 September 2020

This report provides an account of the information gathered on the Spotted Wing Drosophila and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

3 September 2020

This factsheet offers guidance on the biology and control of tarsonemid mite in strawberry. It provides helpful information on cultural control as well as biological and chemical control options including introduction rates of predatory mites.

3 September 2020

This factsheet collates provides growers with practical information on the symptoms, spread and control of botrytis on strawberries. It includes a management calendar that gives a checklist of the tasks that need to be considered at the different growth stages in order to minimise the impact of this devastating disease.

3 September 2020

Western flower thrips (WFT) cause significant financial losses for strawberry growers in the United Kingdom. This factsheet provides information on the pest, the damage it causes to strawberries and the results AHDB research and a study of control in commercial strawberry production sites, which have led to a series of control guidelines.

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