Update: New Pest & Disease Records (7 June 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 new records of Dichotomophthora portulacae in Iraq and the first report of Grapevine Pinot gris virus infecting grapevine in Algeria.
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Plant clinics: Gender impacts in Zambia

Plant clinic in Zambia
Women are key to the future of agriculture and ending world hunger. Currently, female farmers make up 43% of the global agricultural workforce and play an important role in farming production and improving food security. However, the hurdles women face are real. Women often find it harder than men to access agricultural information, finance and…
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New ePlant clinics to help the most remote farmers in Northern India

Dignitaries at ePlant Clinic launch
Plantwise ePlant clinics have opened in a further five districts of Jammu province in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. With its mountainous landscape, these districts are often inaccessible to public service providers. To make information available to farmers, the Department of Agriculture, Jammu (DAJ) in collaboration with CABI, has established a network of…
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (12 May 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 new records of long horned beetles (Cerambycidae: Coleoptera) in Pakistan and the identification of Curvularia lunata as new causal pathogen of tomato early blight disease in Egypt.
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Gene editing of pigs worries consumers more than gene editing of tomatoes

Gene editing in pigs
A large survey of Japanese consumers shows that they have more negative opinions about the use of new gene-editing techniques on livestock than they do about the same techniques being used on plants. However, the context of survey questions affects the extent of those feelings. The survey findings were reported in the CABI open-access journal CABI…
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (07 April 2021)

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Plant doctor training under Plantwise piloted in Burundi

Plant doctor trainer in Burundi
Burundi is set to become the 34th country to join the Plantwise programme and the 13th member country in Africa. The CABI-led Plantwise programme has helped millions of smallholder farmers to lose less of what they grow to pests and diseases, increasing food security and improving rural livelihoods. So far, Plantwise has set up a…
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Plantwise plant clinics improve proper use of pesticides and highlight need to wear Personal Protective Equipment

The increasing prevalence of devastating crop pests, such as the Fall armyworm (FAW), has led to a growth in pesticide use among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Crop pests are a major limiting factor of agricultural productivity growth worldwide and in Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, crop losses due to pests are predicted to be 40%…
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Test your plant health knowledge

Chinyunyu Plant Clinic in Rufunsa district, Zambia.
>> Latest and final quiz just added. Plantwise plant doctors are at the heart of our plant clinic network providing advice and information to farmers, logging their data for the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, and always adapting to new outbreaks and technologies. Think you’ve got what it takes to be a plant doctor? Take our online…
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (08 March 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 the first report on black spot disease of Phyllanthus emblica fruits caused by Thielaviopsis paradoxa in Bangladesh and the first record of broad headed bugs on Dalbergia sissoo from India.
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