Update: Plant Health News (23 Apr 14)

The proportion of coffee producing areas used to cultivate shade-grown coffee has reduced by almost 20% in as many years (Fernando Rebelo, GFDL)

The proportion of coffee producing areas used to cultivate shade-grown coffee is decreasing (Fernando Rebelo, GFDL)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the postharvest pathology of beans, a reduction in the proportion of shade grown coffee and the filamentous fungus that may be effective at controlling sugarcane nematodes.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (16 Apr 14)

The fungus M. fructicola that causes these symptoms on peach has been found in Croatia © Molly Giesbrecht, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (CC BY-NC)

The fungus that causes these symptoms on peach has been found in Croatia © Molly Giesbrecht, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (CC BY-NC)

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 first report of Fomitiporia maxonii causing citrus wood rot in commercial orange and grapefruit groves in Cuba, the first report of Daldinia concentrica on Ficus benjamia from India, and Monilinia species identified on peach and nectarine in Croatia, with the first record of Monilinia fructicola.

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Update: Plant Health News (09 Apr 14)

Nematodes are difficult to control but a new banana variety might be the answer to avoiding attack © Michael McClure, University of Arizona (CC BY-NC)

Nematodes are difficult to control but a new banana variety might help avoid crop loss © M. McClure, University of Arizona (CC BY-NC)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the banana plants that can fight off nematodes, the effect of pesticides on earthworms and training for farmers in Gambia on rice crop husbandry.

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Factsheet of the month: April – Wheat stem rust

wheat stem rustLast week, the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security took place in Mexico, bringing together thought leaders, policymakers, and leading agricultural research-for-development organizations to discuss the role of wheat in the future of food security. Wheat is an extremely important crop that provides around 20% of the world’s calories but this staple crop is threatened in some areas by a fungal disease called stem rust.

To find out about the symptoms and management of wheat stem rust, please click the Wheat stem rust factsheet which was produced in Rwanda (also available in Kinyarwandan).

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (02 Apr 14)

Anthracnose on dragon fruit can be caused by different Colletotrichum species  © Yuan-Min Shen, Taichung DARES

Anthracnose on dragon fruit can be caused by different Colletotrichum species © Yuan-Min Shen, Taichung DARES (CC BY-NC)

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 records of plant parasitic nematodes on cassava cultivated in the Brazilian Amazon, the first record of dragon fruit anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum truncatum in China and a new threat to potato production in Serbia.

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2013 Global Food Policy Report: Nutrition in the spotlight

The development community has increased its focus on improving nutrition © Steve Evans (CC BY)

The development community has increased its focus on improving nutrition © Steve Evans (CC BY)

Last month, the International Food Policy Research Institute released its 2013 Global Food Policy Report. This report is the third annual report in this series which aims to give an overview of the food policy developments that have affected food security that year. This includes a review of the key highlights of the previous 12 months, the challenges faced and the possible opportunities for food policy in the coming year.

In 2013, the focus of discussion on food policy moved further towards nutrition. With the Nutrition for Growth summit in June, the effort committed to tackling undernutrition gained momentum with more than US$23 billion being pledged by development partners.

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Update: Plant Health News (26 Mar 14)

The Plant Protection Code aims to ensure sustainable tea production in India © oldandsolo via Flickr (CC BY)

The PPC aims to ensure sustainable tea production in India © oldandsolo (CC BY)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including research into the benefits of cover crops, the release of the 2013 Global Food Policy Report and the launch of the Plant Protection Code for India’s tea industry.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (20 Mar 14)

Sclerotium rolfsii, causing leaf chlorosis, and root and collar rot of apple has been found in Tunisia © University of Georgia

Sclerotium rolfsii, causing leaf chlorosis, and root and collar rot of apple has been found in Tunisia © University of Georgia

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 first report of a ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma Ziziphi’- related strain associated with peach decline disease in India, molecular and morphological characterisation of Scutellonema bradys from yam in Costa Rica and the first report of apple collar rot incited by Sclerotium rolfsii in Tunisia.

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Update: Plant Health News (12 Mar 14)

Brown marmorated stink bugs are a major pest © David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ (CC BY)

Brown marmorated stink bugs are a major pest © David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ (CC BY)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the use of Stink Bug saliva in pest control, FAO’s article on empowering women in agriculture and new research into the delayed resistance of pests to Bt crops.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (06 Mar 14)

Black rot of sugarcane, caused by Ceratocystis paradoxa, but C. adiposa has also been found to be responsible (Courtesy EcoPort: Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Queensland)

Black rot of sugarcane (Courtesy EcoPort: Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Queensland)

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 first report of Fusarium maize ear rot caused by Fusarium kyushuense in China, the first report of Tobacco streak virus infecting pigeon pea in India and the identification of the pathogen causing black rot in sugarcane.

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