Tulip bulbs are susceptible to stem nematodes. One affected bulb can be disastrous for an entire batch. Until very recently the standard hot water treatment remedy for daffodils, crocuses and other bulb plants did not work for tulip bulbs. Wageningen UR scientist Martin van Dam discovered that an improved process can have the desired effect. The March issue of Plant Life, newsletter on plant research at Wageningen UR, publishes an interview.
Hot water treatment tulip bulbs
Martin van Dam studied previous research, started experimenting and eventually succeeded.The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, NVWA) has provisionally approved tulip boiling as a method for suppressing stem nematodes in tulips.
The European Union has for the coming years committed itself to Integrated Pest Management as strategy to control pests and diseases with the least possible use of synthetic products. This resulted in BIOCOMES, a programme in which private parties are, together with several research organisations, searching for eleven concrete biological products. Wageningen UR plays a leading role in the project and Plant Life interviews project coordinator Jürgen Köhl.
Making money in urban agriculture
Wageningen UR research shows how smart urban farmers can best choose for a combination of options. Marcel Vijn, researcher in urban-rural relations at Wageningen UR, tells about in Plant Life.