Update: New Pest & Disease Records (01 Oct 14)

Insect pests of cashew in Peru, where this fruit is consumed, have been identified © Joao Vicente CC BY

Insect pests of cashew in Peru, where this fruit is consumed, have been identified © Joao Vicente CC BY

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 record of the leaf beetle Callosobruchus nigritus found in Soybean in India, two new rust species on Fabaceae in Brazil and preliminary data on the major pests of cashew in the Peruvian Amazon. 

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Alternative to fungicides for the control of Pecan scab

Symptoms of pecan scab on pecan fruit © Charles J. Graham

Symptoms of pecan scab on pecan fruit © Charles J. Graham

Pecan scab, caused by the fungus Fusicladium effusum, is a major yield-limiting disease of pecan (Carya illinoinensis). Planting varieties with some resistance to the disease is the most practical way to avoid losses from pecan scab, but the scab fungus can change over time to overcome host resistance. The use of chemical fungicides is another widely used method of prevention and control. However, increasing resistance of the scab fungus to fungicides, coupled with greater awareness of the environmental impact of chemicals, is prompting farmers to consider other management options.

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Update: Plant Health News (24 Sep 14)

Farmers in some areas of Côte d'Ivoire have reported the appearance of black pod disease (Credit: Marie-Claude Bon, EBCL, USDA)

Farmers in some areas of Côte d’Ivoire have reported the appearance of black pod disease (Credit: Marie-Claude Bon, EBCL, USDA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a new disease resistant maize released for farmers in Kenya, bitter-sweet effects of rain on the Ivorian cocoa crop and how cheap mobiles phones are driving Myanmar’s farming revolution.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (17 Sep 14)

A new species of leafhopper has been identified in Brazil © Steven Severinghaus (CC BY-NC-SA)

A new species of leafhopper has been identified in Brazil © Steven Severinghaus (CC BY-NC-SA)

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 wilt in blueberry caused by Fusarium oxysporum in China, a new species of Beamerana from southeastern Brazil and new records of plant parasitic nematodes from rhizosphere of onion in Iran. 

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Update: Plant Health News (10 Sep 14)

Symptoms of cassava brown streak disease on cassava leaves

Symptoms of cassava brown streak disease on cassava leaves © CABI

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including some homegrown news of Plantwise data used to study the global spread of crop pests, cassava brown streak disease wreaking havoc in Rwanda, and fireblight hitting Canadian apple orchards hard.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (03 Sep 14)

Podosphaera xanthii, commonly found on Cucurbitaceae has been identified as the causal agent of eggplant powdery mildew in Qingdao © Gerald Holmes (CC BY-NC)

Podosphaera xanthii, more commonly found on Cucurbitaceae has been identified as a causal agent of  powdery mildew in eggplant © Gerald Holmes (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 occurrence of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum on banana pseudostems in the Brazillian state of Minas Gerais, fire blight disease on apricot and cherry plum in Hungary and identification of the pathogen causing eggplant powdery mildew in Qingdao, China.

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Update: Plant Health News (27 Aug 14)

Soil health issues cost African farmers $4 billion a year in lost crop productivity © Gates Foundation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Soil health issues cost African farmers $4 billion a year in lost crop productivity © Gates Foundation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including surveillance robots that can detect weeds and pest insects, a focus on gender capacity development in Ethiopia and smallholder farmers in Africa adopting practices to improve their field soil health.

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