High season for colored eggs and chocolate as well as spinach on Maundy Thursday. We regularly test eggs and chocolate as well as the nitrate levels in spinach, lettuce and arugula.
Horse nettle: the "ideal" weed
Horse nettle has many characteristics of an "ideal" weed: Many seeds, even from small pieces of roots form new plants. Climate changes benefit the horse nettle.
The beet root weevil sets out on its journey
The beet root weevil is a native weevil that has become known primarily as a pest of sugar beets. It benefits from low rainfall and high average temperatures in the months of April to June.
Wild garlic: Beware of poisonous doppelgangers
Wild garlic is one of the first wild herbs that can be collected in spring. However, there are quite a few poisonous doppelgangers: autumn crocus, lily of the valley, spotted arum, many-flowered…
Rough-fruit amaranth: a "superweed
In its native country, the USA, rough-fruit amaranth is considered a "superweed". The species has not yet appeared in Austria, but climate change could cause it to appear here as well.
Green peach aphid: vector of viruses to fruits and vegetables
The green peach aphid plays a major role as a vector of viruses in plums and sugar beets. The milder the winters, the more adult aphids survive.
Green rice bug: report your findings
Due to climate change, the green rice bug is increasingly occurring in Austria and causing damage in agriculture. Farmers and private individuals can now report findings via an online reporting…
February 10: Legume Day
Climate change is favoring the cultivation of various legumes in Austria as well. In agriculture, they act as a natural fertilizer and contribute to biodiversity; in nutrition, they provide…
The green rice bug is on the rise
Due to climate change, the green rice bug is becoming more prevalent in Austria and causing damage in agriculture. This year, we are therefore launching a monitoring program together with the chambers…