Update: New Pest & Disease Records (27 June 12)

A nematode, Pratylenchus agilis, has been found parasitising wheat in China for the first time. © Hector Garcia (CC BY-SA 2.0 license)

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 the black coconut bunch weevil found damaging coconut palms for the first time in Brazil, the first report of the lesion nematode, Pratylenchus agilis, parasitising wheat, and the first incidence of Beet mild curly top virus affecting legumes in Mexico.

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Update: Plant Health News (21 Jun 12)

Citrus canker © Jeffrey W. Lotz, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org (CC BY 3.0 license)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including further spread of desert locusts in West Africa following the fall of Gaddafi, scientists decoding the genome of Xanthomonas bacteria, and the ban of a neonicotinoid insecticide in France, which has been linked to colony collapse disorder in honeybees.

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New plant doctors trained in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one of 24 countries that is establishing plant clinics with help from Plantwise.

In February, new plant doctors were trained in pest and disease identification, and took part in a pilot plant clinic in Bamyan town to test their training.

The plant doctors will be running clinics in various areas of Afghanistan, which farmers will be able to bring their crop samples to for treatment advice and information.

Read more about plant clinics in Afghanistan here: http://www.plantwise.org/default.aspx?site=234&page=4837

Update: New Pest & Disease Records (13 Jun 12)

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) Credit: Bill Tarpenning, USDA

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 a new species of Phytophthora detected in Germany and the USA, the first report of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens causing bacterial rot of onion in Korea, and molecular characterisation of a yellow vein mosaic virus infecting okra in India.

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Update: Plant Health News (07 Jun 12)

Desert locustHere’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including imminent risk from Desert Locust swarms in Niger and Mali, the Asian psyllid being found on three fruit trees in California sparking worries on citrus greening disease in the area, and the Sigatoka banana disease that is threatening banana production in Ecuador.

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Farm makeovers in Kenya – Shamba Shape Up

This Kenyan TV series may be quite different to other reality shows you’ve seen. Here, farmers get a makeover of their shamba with advice on how to get the most out of their land, including planting tips, which seed varieties to use, and how to store harvested crops.

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