Triple attack on bananas could devastate $35bn global industry

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Banana_Pests_spread_animationCABI scientists have today raised concerns that an attack on the world’s banana production is worse than first feared, with a perfect storm of three pests having the potential to decimate around $35 billion worth of crops.

Biosecurity experts at CABI believe the effects of the fungus known as Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4), together with the Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) and the Banana Skipper butterfly (Erionota spp), could destroy banana plantations across Asia, Africa and Latin America. There are currently no cultivars resistant to these three threats.

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‘Plant doctors’ to help Myanmar farmers reduce crop losses

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The practical plant doctor training sessions took place in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (Photo: East-West Seed)

A new program in Myanmar has just produced its first group of ‘plant doctors’ – experts who can help farmers reduce their losses by diagnosing problems with their crops.

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Space-age technology for fight against crop-devastating pest outbreaks

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Fall armyworm on maize; photo: CABI

Last night, the Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), which uses state-of-the-art technology to help inform farmers in sub-Saharan Africa of pest outbreaks, was launched in Zambia at the British High Commission in Lusaka. The service is being developed by a consortium led by CABI and is funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP).

Datasets obtained from a combination of the plant-pest lifecycle, earth observation and satellite positioning, are being used to spearhead the fight against pests that devastate an estimated 40% of the world’s crops. The project will help farmers fight back against potentially disastrous pests such as the Fall Armyworm.

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Integrated crop management Masters course yields success

Integrated crop management Masters course yields success

A graduation ceremony held on 17 November 2017 in Engelberg, Switzerland, celebrated the successful completion of the 2017 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) programme by a number of international students.

Coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel, the MAS in ICM programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of good crop management, with an emphasis on productivity and environmental sustainability.

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Gobernación de Santa Cruz lanza piloto de Clínicas de Planta Electrónicas

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Coordinadores locales del programa junto con doctors de planta y técnicos de soporte durante entrenamiento sobre las clínicas d eplanta electrónicas.

La Gobernación de Santa Cruz por medio de su ‘Servicio Departamental Agropecuario y Sanidad e Inocuidad Agropecuaria’ (SEDACRUZ) y de DSIA, conjuntamente con el Centro de Investigación Agrícola Tropical (CIAT-Bolivia) implementan clínicas de plantas en el departamento de Santa Cruz, Bolivia, desde el 2012. El grupo coordina acciones de entrega de servicios de diagnóstico y recomendación fitosanitaria a los agricultores del departamento. Además, articula campanas de salud de plantas para diseminar información sobre manejo integrado de plagas, útil para evitar pérdidas en los cultivos.

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UFSCar Participa dos Modulos de treinamento de Plantwise

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Participantes do treinamento sobre funcionamento das clínicas de plantas com enfoque na recomendação técnica em fitossanidade, além de metodologías de comunicação e extensão rural.

O novo campus da Universidade Federal de São Carlos, localizado no sudoeste paulista, estabeleceu desde 2016 uma parceria com CABI Plantwise para integrar a rede nacional de entidades executoras das clínicas de plantas no Brasil. As clínicas de plantas são uma metodologia para oferecer serviços de diagnóstico e recomendação de problemas fitossanitários com enfoque no manejo integrado de pragas e direcionado a agricultura familiar.

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Una clínica agropecuaria para lograr ‘el oro en la vida’

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La clínica de plantas del pueblo Chamis del departamento de Cajamarca representa algo raro en Perú: un servicio de asesoría para agricultores con presencia permanente en el pueblo. Según el censo agropecuario del 2012, sólo un 7.3% de los agricultores del país reciben asistencia técnica y en Cajamarca es menos todavía, con un 4.6%.

Frente a esta escasez alarmante de servicios para los pequeños productores de Perú, la introducción de clínicas de plantas cayó como anillo al dedo. Las clínicas, un nuevo tipo de servicio rural, fueron establecidas en varias regiones del Perú en el 2013 a través de un convenio entre Instituto Nacional de Innovación agraria (INIA) y el programa Plantwise de CABI.

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