How plant clinics are reaching female farmers in Honduras

Written by Eduardo Hidalgo and José Gómez

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Plant clinic operation in the indigenous community of El Rodeo, Intibucá. Photograph by Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI.

The Plantwise programme supports local implementing organizations in their efforts to mainstream gender equality in their activities. The Plantwise steering committee in Honduras invited Olinda Rubio (Chief of Communications at the Ministry of Agriculture [SAG-SENASA] and gender expert), to join the team and lead the in-country Plantwise gender strategy, which focuses on ensuring the inclusion of both men and women groups, and tailoring plant clinic services to their needs.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (24 Aug 16)

Cycas revoluta by © by Esculapio (CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons)
Cycas revoluta by © by Esculapio (CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons)

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 a new report of Cycas revoluta leaf necrosis by Phoma herbarum from Pakistan, the first report of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae causing bacterial leaf blight on Miscanthus × giganteus in the Republic of Korea, and new and earlier unnoted mealybugs and felt scale species from Morocco.

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Making the most of the knowledge bank: top tools and information

Untitled pictureWelcome to the third in our series on making the most of the knowledge bank. This time we turn our attention to a section of the knowledge bank which contains a huge amount of valuable information but that is all too often overlooked – the Links to useful information and tools. This is which is where you’ll find all the key links to information about crop protection. Importantly, the links page is specific to each country or region, so all the information on the page will be relevant to your location.
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (10 Aug 16)

Grape plantation for wine production. Jolimont vinicole, in Canela / Gramado - RS, Brazil © By Mateus S. Figueiredo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Grape plantation for wine production. Jolimont vinicole, in Canela / Gramado – RS, Brazil © By Mateus S. Figueiredo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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 a report on the vine mealybug Planococcus ficus damaging vineyards in Brazil, the first report of Psallops niedzwiedzkii, a new species from Ghana, and the first report of Soybean chlorotic blotch virus and West African Asystasia virus 1 infecting cassava and a wild cassava relative in Cameroon and Togo.

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Making the most of the knowledge bank: begin booklet building!

BookletIn the latest on our series on making the most of the Plantwise knowledge bank, we turn our focus to the Booklet Builder which lets you compile a custom set of Plantwise factsheets and Pest Management Decision Guides (PMDGs) into one booklet, or create a booklet of content written in your country at the click of a button.

The booklet builder works like an online shopping cart, and is found in the same place you’d expect to see a cart – in the top right corner. The number in brackets shows how many items you’ve added, just like an internet shop, but in the booklet builder, all items are free! Here, we explain how to create your booklet in 3 easy steps.  Continue reading

Update: New Pest & Disease Records (27 Jul 16)

Rhizoctonia on common wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Rhizoctonia on common wheat (Triticum aestivum) © Mary Burrows, Montana State University, Bugwood.org

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 Rhizoctonia oryzae causing crown and root rot on wheat in Chile, a survey of nematodes associated with fruit trees in the state of Amapá, Brazil and the first report of Ramulispora sorghi, a new pathogen of sorghum in NE Argentina.

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Two-day training in Trinidad on plant disease diagnosis

Reblogged from the Trinidad Express.

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Successful completion: Senator Avinash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries presents a certificate of completion to agricultural extension officer, Jyothi Singh. Image: Trinidad Express

A two day training on Plant Disease Diagnosis was conducted in the Department of Food, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine from July 13 to 14 to agricultural extension officers of Trinidad and Tobago.

The training was organised under the auspices of The UWI-RDI (Research Development Impact) funded project on ‘Promoting Agriculturally Important Microorganisms to Address the Challenges in Food Safety and Food Security in the Caribbean”. The training was attended by 23 agricultural extension officers of Trinidad and Tobago representing seven counties [St George, St David, St Andrew, County Caroni, Nariva/Mayaro, St Patrick West, County Victoria] of North Regional Administration and South Regional Administration, Research Division Central Experiment Station, Extension Training and Information Services Division and Agricultural Division of Tobago. During the training programme, the agricultural extension officers were trained to diagnose the various vegetable diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses based on the symptom expressed in roots, stems, vascular tissues, leaves and fruits.

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