Update: New Pest & Disease Records (14 May 14)

Dagger nematodes have been found in citrus orchards in Morocco © Derek J.F. Brown

Dagger nematodes have been found in citrus in Morocco © Derek J.F. Brown

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 the dagger nematode in citrus orchards in Morocco, the first report of Neofusicoccum mangiferae causing rachis necrosis and inflorescence blight of mango in Puerto Rico and new records of three Ramichloridium species on banana leaves in Panama and Taiwan. 

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[Video] Invest in prevention: save money, save lives, save livelihoods

This video from the Food Chain Crisis Management Framework of FAO shows how investing in prevention of pests and diseases before they are present in a region can save money and livelihoods in the long term. Read more of this post

Update: Plant Health News (07 May 14)

Hurricane Manuel devastated crops when it hit Mexico last year (NASA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a new device that can identify plant pests, the estimated economic loss from Mexican mangoes damaged by Hurricane Manuel and a new study into the optimal production of sweet potato.

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Factsheet of the month: May – Fruit Fly Control

Fruit fly control

Today, the European Union (EU) has imposed a ban on imports of Alphonso mango from India after authorities in Brussels found fruit flies infesting mango shipments earlier this year. This ban is likely to affect everyone in the supply chain – from growers to wholesalers to consumers.

Fruit flies are a major pest of mango and many other crops.  To find out how pheromone traps can be used to control mango, please read the ‘Fruit fly control’ factsheet, written by staff at the Ministry of Agriculture in Sierra Leone.

Factsheets for Farmers are produced by partners in Plantwise countries to communicate agricultural extension information. To see more about the content held on the Plantwise knowledge bank, please click here.

 

Update: New Pest & Disease Records (30 Apr 14)

A new pathogen has been found to cause rhizome spot in ginger (Credit: Sdata, CC BY)

A new pathogen has been found to cause rhizome spot in ginger (Sdata, 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 report of myrothecium rhizome spot of ginger caused by Myrothecium verrucaria in Japan, the first record of the sugarcane froghoppers Mahanarva spectabilis and Mahanarva liturata infesting sugarcane plantations in Goianésia (Brazil) and the first report of Asteromella pruni-mahaleb on apricot.

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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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