Plantwise Pest Alerts: What, Why, Where and How?

Pest alerts
Among the resources provided by the Plantwise Knowledge Bank is the Plantwise Pest Alerts service. This free service delivers information about new pests straight to your inbox every month, drawing from the wealth of scientific literature that is continuously updated on CAB Direct. So, what are the benefits of signing up to receive these alerts?
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Hemp: a new crop challenged by old pathogens

Hemp plant with leaf upward curl and severe stunting
One morning, my office phone rang. I picked up the phone and had a brief conversation with a hemp grower. She ran a small farm and had planted hemp for the first-time in one of her fields. With a good amount of investment, she had projected to harvest healthy flower buds at the end of…
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (9 September 2021)

We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this month include a report of a new root-knot nematode parasitizing grape in Yunnan and a new species of Echidnodella from India.
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How Insect Saliva is Helping Crops Protect Against Pest Damage

Beet pod borer
A new study has unlocked the hidden ways in which important cash crops such as cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) tackle localised pest invasion and damage using natural defence mechanisms. Insights such as these are key for the future protection of our global agricultural production in the light of increasing pest outbreaks and crop damage.
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PlantwisePlus: female farmers and rural extension advisory services

Female farmer at a plant clinic
It’s widely known that female farmers make up a substantial portion of the agricultural labour force (43%) in developing countries. However, productivity gaps between farms managed by men and women farmers exist, because women farmers have less access to various production inputs and labour, compared to male farmers.[1]
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Webinar: Ozone pollution’s threat to tropical agriculture

ozone damage on bean leaf
Ground-level ozone is one of the most widespread pollutants in the world. Although ozone in the upper atmosphere provides essential protection from the sun’s harmful rays, at ground-level it has a number of harmful effects. Ground-level ozone pollution contributes to climate change, impairs human health and damages vegetation. 
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How to diagnose a pest problem using the diagnostic tool

Diagnose a fall armyworm pest problem
The Plantwise Knowledge Bank brings together plant health information from across the world. It includes a diagnostic tool, factsheet library, pesticide lists and pest alerts. For those seeking to diagnose a pest problem, the Plantwise Knowledge Bank’s Pest Diagnostic Tool is particularly useful, providing information to help identify the symptoms observed on a crop.
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AUXFIN and CABI helping farmers increase their yields through Plantwise project in Burundi

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AUXFIN has teamed up with CABI as part of a mission to help around 400,000 smallholder farmers in Burundi fight crop pests and diseases and, therefore, grow healthier and profitable crops through the auspice of the Plantwise programme.
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PlantwisePlus: safer plant protection products

Dr Belinda Luke
Dr Belinda Luke is one of the Global Team Leaders for CABI’s new flagship programme PlantwisePlus. Her role within the programme is to oversee the development of local production and distribution systems, for less harmful, biological plant protection products.
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Enabling Data Access Project: Supporting Grantmakers and Digital Capabilities in India and Ethiopia

Enabling data access project
The Enabling Data Access project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to support the improved design of grants with data components in collaboration with the Open Data Institute (ODI). The core goal of the project is to understand the various challenges faced by grantmakers and those who manage grants (Program Officers (POs)) within the Digital Farming Services Gates Foundation…
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