Calif. to help strawberry growers find alternative pest control

04/10/2013 | Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration)

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation says it has released a plan that will assist research into helping strawberry growers fight pests without using fumigants. The outline, developed by the Nonfumigant Strawberry Production Working Group, includes plans to research and develop strawberry strains that are genetically resistant to pests and nontoxic ways to manage pests. The plan comes as the industry becomes increasingly limited in the fumigants they are allowed to use; methyl bromide will be banned after 2014 and alternative methods are being limited.

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