NEXT WEEK: West African workshop with Plantwise, IPPC and FAO in Ghana

Photo: D. Nowell, IPPC

Photo: D. Nowell, IPPC

Next Tuesday marks the opening ceremony of Plantwise‘s second workshop co-hosted with IPPC in Africa, this time bringing top plant health officials from across West Africa to Accra, Ghana. Over 40 participants from national crop protection in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Zambia and Ghana will convene over 4 days from July 29- August 1 to focus on critical issues for trade, pest management and sustainable agricultural development in the region. On hand to lead the workshop will be representatives of Plantwise from CABI’s Accra, Nairobi, UK and Swiss centres, along with key officials from FAO Africa, FAO Pesticide Management Group and from the IPPC Secretariat. This workshop follows the the first regional IPPC and Plantwise workshop for East Africa which brought officials from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to Nairobi this past February. Watch a video snapshot of the IPPC and Plantwise Workshop in Nairobi and read more about next week’s Accra workshop in the full media announcement in English and in French.

Update: Plant Health News (16 Jul 14)

wheat leaf showing chlorotic spots symptomatic of boron toxicity © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Wheat leaf showing chlorotic spots symptomatic of boron toxicity © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the varying effects of rain on crops in Ivory Coast, the discovery of wheat genes that control boron tolerance and the projects managed by FAO that aim to improve food security in Africa.

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The unfortunate plight of the pollinators- Who are the culprits?

Photo credit: Autan@fickr.com

Honey bee foraging on the flower

Why are pollinators declining? New research suggests neonicotinoids are to blame.

When we talk of the crop production we hardly remember to acknowledge the services of these tiny pollinators and also don’t bother to safeguard them when we invest a lot in plant protection. These pollinators play an elemental role in an important process of nature known as pollination. Pollination is an important process in both human managed and natural terrestrial ecosystems. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations pollination is one of the essential ecosystem services. Read more of this post

Update: New Pest & Disease Records (9 Jul 14)

orange rust

Orange rust (Puccinia kuehnii), which has been found for the first time on sugarcane in Ecuador. Copyright: Robert C. Magarey

We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include new rusts on sugarcane in Ecuador and Southern Africa, outbreaks of the whitefly Aleurothrixus aepim in Brazil, and the first report of the fungus Alternaria arborescens causing leaf spot on rice in Pakistan.

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Maize lethal necrosis has spread to Rwanda

Maize lethal necrosis disease symptoms

Maize lethal necrosis disease symptoms. Credit: Rob Reeder © CABI

Report by Abigail Rumsey, Beatrice Uwumukiza and Bellancila Uzayisenga.

In the past two years, we have reported on the presence of the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in East African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The disease is also present in South Sudan. The most recent report has been of its spread to the Northern Province of Rwanda. Read more of this post

Out now… the Plantwise Newsletter for July 2014!

Plantwise newsletter july image

Where do we begin? Plantwise has seen a busy 2014 so far. From Kenya to Costa Rica, there are new partners, plant doctors, and pest-fighting strategies (not to mention pilot mobile activities!) which we are pleased to share with you in this latest newsletter edition. Don’t forget to Guess the Pest at the end. Of course, this is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our partners, donors, as well as the team of CABI staff in all four corners of the world who make it possible.

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Update: Plant Health News (02 Jul 14)

The European Food Safety Authority have announced their opinion on biotech oilseed rape © Carron Brown (CC BY- NC)

The European Food Safety Authority have given their verdict on biotech oilseed rape © Carron Brown (CC BY- NC)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the release of EFSA’s scientific opinion on biotech oilseed rape, why using too much fertilizer is bad for crops and bad for climate and how the El Niño is already impacting Peruvian fruit crops.

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