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April 13, 2015 1 Comment
The fifth edition of Biological Control of Weeds: A World Catalogue of Agents and Their Target Weeds has been released after years of literature searches and the involvement of 125 weed biocontrol specialists.
The publication of this catalogue, available as a searchable online database and as a PDF book, was led by Mark Schwarzländer, University of Idaho CALS professor of entomology and biological control of weeds (and a former CABI researcher), and current CABI biological weed researcher, Hariet Hinz. Several prominent invasive species researchers co-edited the catalogue, including CABI’s Chief Scientist, Matthew Cock. Read more of this post
March 18, 2015 1 Comment
Plantwise plant doctors have been helping farmers in Kenya to identify and manage the devastating invasive tomato pest, Tuta absoluta.
Originally posted on CABI Invasives Blog:
Watch a new video illustrating the devastating impacts that Tuta absoluta is having on tomato yields, and what this means for farmers who rely on these crops for sustenance and income.
Dr Arne Witt, from CABI commented on the implications of Tuta absoluta infestation across Africa
“Tomatoes are one of the most widely cultivated crops in Africa and are grown in the backyards of almost every homestead across sub-Saharan Africa. This important cash crop and source of vitamins is now threatened by the recent arrival of the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta.
This Invasive Alien Species is rapidly moving down the African continent, having already decimated crops in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and northern Tanzania. Growers are at their wits end as to how best they can control this pest and many have abandoned tomato growing altogether. The race is on to prevent its spread further south with various interventions planned…
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January 19, 2015 1 Comment
Over the past year, the Plantwise Knowledge Bank team has been conducting an e-plant clinic pilot in Kenya. Following the success of this pilot, we are now seeing if we can apply the lessons learnt in Kenya to other Plantwise countries. In December, we travelled to Thanjavur city, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, to work with our in-country partners, the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), on a mobile scoping workshop to better understand the requirements of such a pilot in India.
October 29, 2014 Leave a comment
PhD student, Andrew Tock, of the Warwick Crop Centre, has spent three months monitoring Plantwise plant clinic success in Uganda as part of a BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership. During this time, he kept a research diary (video above), describing his experiences in Uganda and the day-to-day work of plant doctors in the field.
To read an interview with Andrew, visit the BBSRC website: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-security/2014/141029-f-plant-clinics-in-uganda.aspx
October 29, 2014 Leave a comment
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 hosts (turmeric and black pepper) of root knot nematode in Pakistan, two fungal leaf spot pathogens on Indonesian cinnamon, and a species of phytoplasma not previously found on apple trees in China.
Click on the links to view the abstracts:
- First record of damage Leucothrips piercei (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in pepper crops (Capsicum annuum L.) (Solanaceae) in Argentina. / Primer registro del daño de Leucothrips piercei (Morgan) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) en cultivos de pimiento (Capsicum annuum L.) (Solanaceae) en la Argentina.
Zamar, M. I.; Borbón, C. M. de; Aguirre, A.; Miño, V.; Cáceres, S. (2014) Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo 46 (1) 213-219.
- Research progress on alfalfa bacterial diseases.
Zhang ZhenFen; Nan ZhiBiao (2014) Acta Prataculturae Sinica 23 (4) 330-342.
- Illustrated key for identification of the species included in the genus Leptoglossus (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae: Coreinae: Anisoscelini), and descriptions of five new species and new synonyms.
Brailovsky, H. (2014) Zootaxa 3794 (1) 143-178.
- Occurrence of ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma ziziphi’ in apple trees in China.
Li, Z. N.; Bai, Y. B.; Liu, P.; Zhang, L.; Wu, Y. F. (2014) Forest Pathology 44 (5) 417-419.
- New species and records of Trypetinae (Diptera: Tephritidae) from India.
David, K. J.; Singh, S. K.; Ramani, S. (2014) Zootaxa 3795 (2) 126-134.
- Spice plants as new host record of Meloidogyne incognita in Pakistan.
Zarina, B.; Shaheen, N. (2014) International Journal of Biology and Biotechnology 11 (2/3) 449.
- Rattan cane Calamus travancoricus – a new host plant record for spindle bug of arecanut palm, Mircarvalhoia arecae (Miller & China).
Shameem, K. M.; Prathapan, K. D. (2014) Indian Journal of Entomology 76 (3) 252-253.
- New species and new records of Tetranychidae (Acarina, Prostigmata) from Thailand.
Naing, H. H.; Chandrapatya, A.; Navajas, M.; Auger, P. (2014) Zootaxa 3802 (2) 257-275.
- A new stem nematode associated with peanut pod rot in China: morphological and molecular characterization of Ditylenchus arachis n. sp. (Nematoda: Anguinidae).
Zhang, S. L.; Liu, G. K.; Janssen, T.; Zhang, S. S.; Xiao, S.; Li, S. T.; Couvreur, M.; Bert, W. (2014) Plant Pathology 63 (5) 1193-1206.
- A combination of morphological and molecular analyses to distinguish two fungal pathogens causing leaf spots on Cinnamomum burmannii.
Yuelian, L.; Fengqiu, X. (2014) Forest Pathology 44 (5) 382-386.
To view all search results for new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases, click here
If there’s another new record you’d like to highlight, please post a comment.