Plantwise connecting smallholders to knowledge through ICT Interventions

The emergence of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the last decade has opened new avenues in knowledge management that could play important roles in meeting the prevailing challenges related to sharing, exchanging and disseminating knowledge and technologies. The types of ICT-enabled services are capable of improving the capacity and livelihoods of poor smallholders are growing quickly. One of the best examples of these services is the use of mobile phones as a platform for exchanging information through short messaging services (SMS), use of broadband services and other android applications. According to a report of Swedish mobile network equipment maker Ericsson, India is the world’s second-largest telecommunications market, with 933 million subscribers and the subscriptions are adding year by year. The growing market of mobile phones in the country is due to the falling cost of handsets which is coupled with improved usability and increasing network coverage. (www.ibef.org).

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (21 Jan 15)

Anthracnose of Capsicum  © AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center

Anthracnose of Capsicum © AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center

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 Turnip mosaic virus on garden nasturtium in Brazil, the occurrence of anthracnose on coloured capsicum under protected conditions and downy mildew of fenugreek in Iran caused by Peronospora trigonellae.

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Update: Plant Health News (15 Jan 15)

Maize is a staple crop in Malawi but farmers have been told to diversify © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Maize is a staple crop in Malawi but farmers have been advised to diversify © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including Crops in Brazil still suffering after last year’s drought, the Malawi farmers advised to diversify their crops and the gene that affects nitrogen fixation and yield of soybean.

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The benefits of plant doctor advice featured on AESA blog

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Dr Malvika Chaudhary, Plantwise Regional Coordinator, Asia, speaking with plant doctors in a Sri Lankan plant clinic. (Photo: A. Rehman)

“Plantwise bridges the gap between farmers and the knowledge they need to grow more and lose less to pests,” writes CABI’s Dr Malvika Chaudhary in a new blog post featured on AESA news. Click here to read the full story and share the latest news.

In the article, Dr Chaudhary gives insights into the progress of Plantwise regionally. “In South Asia, Plantwise operates in 4 countries- Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh and India,” writes Dr Chaudhary. “In both Sri Lanka and Nepal and the program is being scaled up with contributions from national partners….There has been exceptionally huge scaling up in Sri Lanka where the number of clinics has reached 175 followed by Nepal where the 25% of the clinics are nationally owned.”

Update: New Pest & Disease Records (07 Jan 15)

Tomato infected with Cucumber mosaic virus ©  Edward Sikora, Auburn University (CC BY-NC)

Tomato infected by Cucumber mosaic virus © Edward Sikora,Auburn University (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 leaf spot disease in coconut seedlings in China, a study on the occurrence of Cucumber mosaic virus subgroups IA and IB isolates in tomatoes in Nigeria and the first report of Alternaria longipes causing leaf spot of potato cultivar sante in Pakistan. 

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Factsheet of the month: January 2015 – Management of clubroot disease in crucifers

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Clubroot is a serious disease of crucifers. It is found in many countries across the world (see the Plantwise distribution map).  It is caused by the fungus Plasmodiophora brassicae, whose spores can live for many years in the soil. This makes the disease difficult to control once a field has been infected.

To find out more about clubroot of crucifers and its management, read this month’s Plantwise Factsheet for Farmers which was written by staff from the Regional Agriculture Research & Development Centre in Sri Lanka. This factsheet is also available in Tamil and Sinhalese.

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Update: Plant Health News (01 Jan 15)

Predation of fruit fly larvae by weaver ants © IITA (CC-BY-NC)

Predation of fruit fly larvae by weaver ants © IITA (CC-BY-NC)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including CARDI’s contribution to food and nutrition security over its 40 year history, efforts to protect bananas from TR4 Fusarium wilt and the use of weaver ants as biological control.

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