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

P. pachyrhizi causes rust to develop on soybean leaves © Daren Mueller, Iowa State University via Bugwood

P. pachyrhizi causes rust of soyabean © Daren Mueller, Iowa State University via Bugwood

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 reports of Phakopsora pachyrhizi on soybean in Costa Rica and Malawi, the first report of corynespora leaf spot of Eucalyptus in China and a new report of sweet basil leaf blight caused by Cochliobolus lunatus in India.

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Update: Plant Health News (10 Apr 15)

Onions in storage in Burkina Faso © André de Jager, IFDC

Onions can be affected by pests in storage, reducing the value of the crop © André de Jager, IFDC

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the identification of genes that increase resistance to potato late blight, improved onion storage in Burkina Faso and the identification of a natural bacterium that kills plantain moth larvae.

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Update: Plant Health News (25 Mar 15)

Costa Rica's first carbon neutral banana farm had reduced its use of nitrogen fertilizers, reduced electricity consumption and improved the efficiency of transportation © The LEAF Project (CC BY-SA)

Costa Rica’s first carbon neutral banana farm has reduced nitrogen fertilizer and electricity use, and improved transportation efficiency © The LEAF Project (CC BY-SA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including early reports on the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the first carbon neutral banana farm recognised in Costa Rica and training for Citrus farmers in Ghana on the use of technology to increase yields.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (18 Mar 15)

White rust, seen here on mustard, causes white growths on the underside of leaves and yellow spotting on the top © Scot Nelson

White rust, seen here on mustard, causes white growths on the underside of the leaf and yellow spotting on the top © Scot Nelson

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 gall midges from Papua New Guinea, the first report of white rust of rocket caused by Albugo candida in South Africa and the first report of Botrytis pseudocinerea causing gray mold on tomato in central China. 

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Update: Plant Health News (11 Mar 15)

India experienced heavy unseasonal showers last week but it's unlikely to lead to a shortage © Lauren Tucker

India experienced heavy unseasonal showers last week but it’s unlikely to lead to a shortage © Lauren Tucker

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the revitalization of the banana industry in Jamaica, an assessment of the impact of climate change on agriculture and  record wheat output likely in India, despite crop damage.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (04 Mar 15)

Some aphid species have been recorded in   Tucumán, Argentina. ©Thomas Shahan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Some aphid species have been recorded in Tucumán, Argentina. ©Thomas Shahan (CC BY-NC-ND)

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 species of plant parasitic nematodes from tea plantations in Iran, the impact of fungicides and biocontrol agents in managing peduncle blight of tuberose caused by Lasiodiplodia theobromae, and aphid species reported for the first time in Tucumán, Argentina. 

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