Types of biological control: augmentative, conservation and classical

Biological control, also called biocontrol or bioprotection, is a method of pest control using other organisms, natural enemies, pathogens, semiochemicals and natural substances. Unlike some other methods of control in agriculture, bioprotection often has little to no side effects.
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India Update: Pest Risk Analysis workshop

Workshop participants with CABI and NIPHM faculty
A Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) allows National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) to assess risks posed by pests or pathways of quarantine concern and identify options to manage those risks. In early Jun, CABI, in collaboration with the National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), conducted a five-day regional workshop on PRA using CABI decision-support tools.…
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Nepal Update: International Plant Protection Symposium 2024

CABI's stand at the International Plant Protection Symposium in Nepal
The International Plant Protection Symposium 2024, held in Nepal, focused on leveraging digital tools for sustainable agriculture. It brought together experts, researchers, and practitioners to address emerging plant protection challenges and explore innovative solutions. The event provided an excellent platform for CABI to enhance the visibility and promotion of the PlantwisePlus digital tools, which aid…
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How does parthenium weed impact maize crop production?

Parthenium hysterophorus, or parthenium weed, is highly invasive in many parts of the world. It is native to Central and South America but is now found in Asia and Africa, among others. In Australia, it has caused millions of dollars in crop yield losses. This is because the weed can produce prolific seeds, germinate, and…
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New plant clinic and farmer knowledge centre to help boost livelihoods and food security in Taita Taveta County

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CABI’s PlantwisePlus programme, county government of Taita Taveta and the Micro Enterprise Support Programme Trust (MESPT) have joined forces to open a new plant clinic and farmer knowledge centre to boost livelihoods and food security in Taita Taveta County, Kenya.
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Digital tools promotion roadmap created with stakeholders in Kenya’s Nakuru County

Advisor using a tablet while speaking to a farmer
Digital tools can benefit farmers and those in agricultural advisory services. CABI envisions a world in which digital innovation magnifies agricultural and environmental development impact. Through the creation and application of digital technologies, CABI brings science-based agricultural knowledge to millions of smallholder farmers, helping them increase their yields sustainably.
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Ask the tutor Q&A: Certificates in Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management 

In this blog, Manfred Grossrieder, Integrated Crop Management Advisor for CABI, answers questions about the Certificates in Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management courses.
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Pesticide risk reduction can contribute to food safety – here’s how

Young farmer in Jamaica holding an onion
To mark World Food Safety Day on 7 June, with the theme of the year “Food safety: prepare for the unexpected“ we take a look at the ways in which the PlantwisePlus pesticide risk reduction pathway can contribute to safer food production.
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Nepal National Forum stresses collaborative actions for strengthening plant clinics

Plant Clinic stakeholders at the Nepal National Forum
The National Forum meeting, a key event in the Nepal PlantwisePlus calendar, recently took place in  Kathmandu.  It was an opportunity for participants to hear the latest plant clinic activities and aimed to strengthen plant clinic operations nationwide.
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Horizon scanning for emerging pests and diseases in Pakistan: Collaborating to safeguard agriculture

Pakistan’s agricultural sector is constantly struggling with the emergence of pests and diseases that pose a serious threat to the livelihoods of millions of farmers. CABI’s PlantwisePlus programme recently held a five-day Horizon Scanning workshop in Islamabad from April 29 to May 3, 2024.
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