Update: New Pest & Disease Records (27 May 15)

Mycodiplosis larvae could be used as biocontrol for rust fungi © Malcolm Storey 2012, bioimages.org.uk

Mycodiplosis larvae could be used as biocontrol for rust fungi © Malcolm Storey 2012, bioimages.org.uk

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 rosemary leaf spot caused by Nigrospora oryzae in Iran, one new species and six new records of Thripinae from bamboo in Malaysia and a new record of Mycodiplosis sp. as a potential biocontrol agent of Phakospora ampelopsidis.

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Update: Plant Health News (20 May 15)

One of the illustrations from the pesticide safety guide produced by FAO and ILO (Image: Julien Batandéo)

One of the illustrations from the pesticide safety guide produced by FAO and ILO (Image: Julien Batandéo)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a model for sustainable onion production in India, a new training guide produced by FAO and ILO to protect children form the harmful effects of pesticides and a Chinese agricultural technology company providing support to improve food production in Tanzania.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (15 May 15)

Leafhoppers can cause direct damage and transmit disease © Piotrt, via WIkimedia

Leafhoppers can cause direct damage and transmit disease © Piotrt, via WIkimedia

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 Lonchaeidae associated with the genus Annona in Mexico, the first report of choanephora rot of okra in Korea and a review of Chinese species of the leafhopper genus Scaphoidella with description of a new species. 

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Update: Plant Health News (06 May 15)

Ecuador plans to improve traceability of its products from field to market. Photo by Vilseskogen/Chris Yardin, via Flickr

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the encouragement of citizen cooperation in the fight against fruit flies in Chile, exciting new projects to improve agriculture in Ecuador and an update from IITA on the spread of papaya mealybug in Tanzania.

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Which is the most important plant-pathogenic oomycete?

Oomycete oospores © Richard Shattock

Oomycete oospores © Richard Shattock

In its latest issue, Molecular Plant Pathology has published a list of the top 10 oomycete pathogens based on scientific and economic importance, as voted for by 62 scientists. This is the latest of the journal’s “Top 10” articles which have previously covered plant pathogenic fungi, bacteria and viruses.

Oomycetes, also known as water molds, are often likened to fungi as they resemble filamentous fungi, and have similar feeding and reproduction methods. However, genetic analysis has shown that the two groups are actually phylogenetically very different and are now classified in separate kingdoms. Below you will find more information about the “Top 10″ plant pathogenic oomycetes, with links to further information available on the Plantwise knowledge bank.   Read more of this post

Update: New Pest & Disease Records (29 Apr 15)

New records for insect pests of cashew have been identified in Guinea-Bissau. Photo: Terrie Schweitzer, via Flickr

New insect pests of cashew have been recorded in Guinea-Bissau. Photo: T. Schweitzer, via Flickr

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 records of insect pests associated with cashew in Guinea-Bissau, the first report of Meloidogyne incognita from Radermachera sinica in China  and the first report of Fusarium solani f. sp. cucurbitae race 1 and 2 causing crown and root rot of watermelon in Iraq.

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Update: Plant Health News (22 Apr 15)

Mission Director for USAID, Pakistan is shown some produce grown with the help of greenhouse technology. Photo: US gov

Mission Director for USAID, Pakistan is shown some produce grown with the help of greenhouse technology. Photo: US gov

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the celebration of ecologically farmed food in Kenya, the new fertilization method that has resulted in a 20% rise in ginger yields and greenhouse technology introduced providing a way to grow off-season crops in Pakistan.

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