Expert Centre for Speciality Crops

The Expert Centre voor Speciality Crops is a knowledge network tailored to minor crops and the means and methods that ar erelevant to continue this high value crops in the Netherlands and in Europe.

 

Extension of Steward for covered and uncovered cultures of leavy cabbage, beans and kohlrabi

At request of DuPont, the Board for authorization of plant protection and biocides (Ctgb) has decided to extend the admission of Steward for the covered and uncovered cultures of leavy cabbage, beans and the uncovered culture of kohlrabi

Mark Meijers, network coordinator leavy vegetables:“Steward was really needed, growers of the protected crops; Chinese cabbage, pak choi or beans  do not have many plant protection products available in their cultures. We also are searching for an effective pesticide against aphids”, Mark Meijers of LTO Glaskracht Nederland.

The extension of Steward was a cooperation of the manufacturer DuPont De Nemours (Netherland) B.V. and the CEMP of LTO Glaskracht Nederland. The costs of the application and the review of the NLKUG application have been financed by the Fund Minor Uses of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the growing business and Nefyto. Part of the residue trails needed for this extension are exchanged within the EU minor use working group for Fruits and Vegetables.

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Label extension for Signum for many small crops

At the request of the sector, the Dutch Board for the authorisation of plant protection products and biocides (Ctgb) decided to extent the authorisation of the fungicide Signum with the cultivation of poppy seeds, linseeds, rapeseeds, mustard seeds, Gold of pleasure seeds, flax, chicory roots, beet leaves, skirrets, Calla lilies, Eucomis bicolor (pineapple lily) and Allium spp (ornamental).

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Extension for Score 250 EC in Chinese Cabbage (glasshouse culture)

At the request of LTO Glaskracht Nederland and Syngenta Crop Protection, the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Production Product and Biocides has decided to extend the authorisation of the fungicide Score 250 EC.
“Good news, that Score 250 EC can be used in glasshouse cultures of Chinese cabbage and Pak Choi. But we are really looking for insecticides for aphid control in this minor crop” said Leon Duijvestijn, Chinese cabbage grower and member of the Plant Health network of LTO glaskracht Netherlands.

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Authorisation of Wing-P includes many small crops

At the request of BASF Nederland BV, the Dutch Board for the authorisation of plant protection products and biocides (Ctgb) authorised the new herbicide Wing-P. In this first (zonal) authorisation a large number of small crops is included. Wing-P is allowed in corn, onions, shallots, leek, flower bulbs and corms (field) and tree nursery crops (field). Wing-P is furthermore allowed in the following small crops: lupine (all purposes), sunflower (all purposes), evening primrose, crambe and echium (not for human consumption or animal feed), sweet corn, leguminous green fertilisers, elephant grass, Aconitum, Astilbe, Hosta, Paeonia, tree nursery crops (on seedbed), perennial crops (root stock and transferred plants) and field breeding and seed production of: floriculture, vegetable crops and many arable crops.

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Label extension for herbicide Callisto for small arable crops

At the request of Vlas en Hennep.NL, Plantum and Syngenta Crop Protection, the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) has granted a label extension for the herbicide Callisto for use in fibre crops, grass seed production (excluding perennial ryegrass), turf production, flower seed production, oilseed rape, other oilseeds (eg. poppy), Miscanthus, sweetcorn and for control of Cyperus esculentus.

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Label extension for Hussar vloeibaar for flax and bentgrass

At the request of Vlas en Hennep.NL, Plantum and Bayer CropScience, the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) has granted a label extension for the herbicide Hussar vloeibaar for use in flax and seed production of bentgrass.

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Label extension for Dual Gold for flower seed production and other minor crops

At the request of Plantum, also on behalf of other sectors, the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) has granted a label extension for the herbicide Dual Gold for use in breeding, flower seed production, vegetable seed production and seed production of most arable crops, evening primrose, strawberry, garlic, aromatic root crops, gladiolus, Liatris, 2-year grown roses, 2-year grown fruit trees, Fagus and perennials.

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Extension for Tracer to control Drosophila suzukii

At the request of the Dutch fruit growers Organisation, LTO Nederland and Dow Agroscience the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of plant Production Product and Biocides has decided tot extend the authorisation of the insecticide of Tracer.

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Extension for Switch in many small crops

At the request of the sector and Syngenta Crop Protection B.V. the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides has decided to extend the authorisation of the fungicide Switch with the cultivation of lupin for fodder crops and foods (human consumption), garden cress and rocket and with the outdoor cultivation of apricots, peaches, fruiting vegetables of Cucurbitaceae with edible skin (gherkins, courgettes and cucumbers), parsnips, parsley roots, lovage roots and medicinal root crops (a.o. valerian, ginseng and echinacea).

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Extension for Signum in many small crops

At the request of the sector the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides has decided to extend the authorisation of the fungicide Signum with the outdoor cultivation of spinach, parsnips, salsify, horseradish, garlic, spring onions, aromatic root crops and medicinal root crops. This label extension was obtained at the request of BASF Nederland B.V. in close cooperation with  the Product Board Arable Crops and LTO Vollegrondsgroenten.

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Label extension for Scelta for breeding and seed production

The Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) has granted a label extension for the acaricide Scelta for breeding and seed production. The extension of the authorisation was on request of Plantum, the Dutch association for the plant reproduction material sector, in close cooperation with the crop protection company Certis Europe. The Dutch Minor Use Fund financially supported the authorisation procedure.

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Extension for Boxer in many small crops

At the request of the sector the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides has decided to extend the authorisation of the herbicide Boxer with the cultivation of pulses, lupin (for human consumption and animal fodder), fiber crops, parsley root and aromatic root crops and with the outdoor cultivation of parsnips, aromatic herbs, medicinal herbs and sunflowers (cutflowers). This label extension was obtained at the request of Syngenta Crop Protection B.V. in close cooperation with  the Product Board Arable Crops, Plantum, LTO Vollegrondsgroenten and LTO Glaskracht Nederland. Financial support for this apllication came from the Minor Use Fund.

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Large extension Switch in minor crops

The Board for authorisation of plant protection products and biocides (Ctgb) has agreed to approve a label extension for Switch in minor crops. This label extension was obtained at the request of Syngenta Crop Protection B.V. in close cooperation with LTO Glaskracht Nederland within the framework of an Expert Centre Speciality Crops project.
Now Switch will also be employable in:

the covered cultivation of blackbery and raspberry family

the covered cultivation of Radish

the uncovered cultivation of asparagus

the uncovered cultivation of stalk celery


“Botrytis is a problem in radish. It is good news that we can use Switch for our minor crop radish. So we can get good alternating programme against botrytis, which is important for resistance management” said Cor de Vries, radishgrower and member of the Plant Health network of LTO glaskracht Netherlands.

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Press release: Opus Team now available for flax growers

The Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) has re-registered the fungicide Opus Team, and extended the authorisation with several crops including flax. This is most welcomed by the Dutch flax growers, who urgently demand effective fungicides for mildew control.

The extension of the Opus Team label was on request of BASF, in close collaboration with Plantum as the coordinator on the availability of plant protection products for flax growing. On behalf of the sod production sector BASF and Plantum as well requested label extension for sod production (turf grass), but unfortunately this could not be honored.

The Dutch Minor Use Fund financially supported the request for label extension for flax and sod production.


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Press release: Monarch available for growers of summer flowers

The Board for Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and biocides (Ctgb) has agreed to approve a label extension for Monarch in unprotected ornamental crops (summer flowers).

This label extension was obtained at the request of Belchim Crop Protection NV in close cooperation with LTO Glaskracht Nederland within the framework of an Expert Centre Speciality Crops project. “Rhizoctonia is a problem in unprotected summer flowers. Monarch can be seen as a welcome addition for the control of this disease” said Aad Vernooy, network coordinator for summer flowers LTO Glaskracht Nederland.

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Press release: Authorisation BotaniGard extended with minor crops

At the request of the sector the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides
has decided to extend the authorisation of BotaniGard WP with the open air cultivation of flowers and perennials, with soft fruit and with plant breeding and seed production. The application was an Expert Centre project, in which Certis Europe BV collaborated with LTO Glaskracht, the NFO and Plantum (as coordinator on behalf of the sector).

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Commission proposes European Fund for minor uses of pesticides

The Commission adopted a report (February 2014) concluding that there is a need to create a 350.000 European fund for minor uses of pesticides.
The Commission states: Minor uses of pesticides (plant protection products) are uses on certain niche crops with a high economic value but are not considered as having enough marketing potential to be worth investment. Lack of investment by the agro-pesticides industry to get specific uses authorised in EU Member States leads to a lack of authorised products on the market for farmers to use on these crops. This can lead to illegal uses or to loss of crop production. These crops include most vegetables, fruit, nurseries and flowers. It is estimated that overall they represent up to 70 billion per year, which equates to 22% of the total EU plant production value. Although similar funds exist in some EU Member States, the creation of a European fund aims to protect the production of Europe's minor crops. Further support will be provided under the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme called "IPM ERANET", a Europe-wide programme with 32 partners which will run from 2014-2016 with a budget allocation of 2 million.

Click here for the text of the Report on the establishment of a European fund for minor uses in the field of plant protection products

 

Press release: Crop protection industry very active with label extensions for minor uses

Recently the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) approved several label extensions for the fungicide Flint of Bayer CropScience. Extension was approved for use in the cultivation of fibre plants, madder, the uncovered cultivation of root parsley, parsnip, turnip, rutabaga and black salsify and the breeding and primary propagation of arable, vegetable and fruit crops, herbs and ornamentalswithin glashouses.
BASF Nederland BV has submitted label extension together with the re-registrastion of the product Scala. Now the re-registration is finalized, the label is extended with the use in the protected cultivation of cucumber, zuchinni, gherkin, the unprotected cultivation of grape, blackberry and raspberry and in tree nurseries of apple and pear. Scala can be used for the control of botryis and scab.


Press release: Stomp 400 SC now available for use in lupine, parsnips and summer flowers aconitum astilbe, hosta and peonia

Upon request by the sector, Ctgb approved the label extension of the herbicide Stomp 400 SC for use in the cultivation of lupine for food and feed, the cultivation of parsnip and the cultivation of summer flowers aconitum astilbe, hosta and paeonia.

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Press realease: Food and crop diversity under threat in Europe

The agri-food chain urges the European Commission to act immediately on the limited availability of plant protection product for minor uses and speciality crops.

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Newsletter

Communication contributes to solutions for minor use issues. With this idea the Expert Centre for Speciality Crops started with a newsletter (in Dutch) which will be published four times a year.

Click here for the first newsletter (in Dutch).

Workshop Ornamentals and Minor Use

On September 11 september a workshop on Ornamentals and Minor Uses has been organised under the auspices of the Expert Centre Speciality Crops of the Netherlands.
The main purpose of the workshop was to bring industry (both chemical and non-chemical) and representatives of growers associations together to share needs and possible solutions in the area of ornamentals.

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The various presentations (not concerning those of the industry) can be downloaded:

Function of the EU working group on minor uses: ornamental plants - Bruno Gobin (PCS)

EUMUDA European Minor Use Database - Johan Roman (NVWA) and Mario Wick (JKI)

Expert Centre Speciality Crops - Jo Ottenheim (ECSC)

Assessment methodology/procedure for application for minor uses under 1107/2009 in the Netherlands - Coen Graven (Ctgb)