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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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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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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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (24 Dec 14)

Black rot of pineapple has been identified in French Guiana © Anna L. Snowdon

Black rot of pineapple has been identified in French Guiana © Anna L. Snowdon

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 anthracnose of mallow caused by Colletotrichum trifolii in China, the first report of Tomato chlorosis virus (ToCV) in tomato crops in Saudi Arabia and the first report of pineapple black rot caused by Ceratocystis paradoxa on pineapple in French Guiana. 

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Update: Plant Health News (17 Dec 14)

Symptoms of cassava witches' broom include a proliferation of leaves at the top of the stem © CIAT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Symptoms of cassava witches’ broom include a proliferation of leaves at the top of the stem © CIAT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including small-scale women farmers delivering pioneering efforts in food security in Tanzania, Witches’ Broom Disease affecting cassava in Cambodia and an initiative in Africa which is strengthening food systems while raising awareness of Ebola.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (10 Dec 14)

Bacterial leaf streak has been recorded in Uganda for the first time © T.W. Mew, IRRI (CC BY-NC)

Bacterial leaf streak has been recorded in Uganda for the first time © T.W. Mew, IRRI (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 record of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola causing bacterial leaf streak of rice in Uganda, the first record of Chickpea chlorotic dwarf virus infecting hot pepper in India and a study on the impact of global warming on insects. 

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