BioClay pesticide spray successful in recent trials

Commercial field crop of tobacco (N. tabacum) (AgrEvo)
Commercial field crop of tobacco (N. tabacum) (AgrEvo)

Australian researchers have developed a new nanotechnology pesticide spray called BioClay which has shown success in recent trials.

Developed by the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), BioClay contains double stranded RNA which can be sprayed onto a crop. When the RNA contacts the plant, the plant believes it is being attacked by a virus and protects itself.

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Agriculture and food security — where are we headed in 2017?

By Lisa Cornish. Reblogged from DEVEX.

A young woman in a rice field in Myanmar. Photo by: Bioversity International / CC BY-NC-ND

As climate change impacts the global ability to grow food, both in quality and quantity, researchers in agriculture have become an important asset for establishing long-term food security as the world’s population continues to increase.

In December, agriculture and food security researchers visited Canberra for high-level discussions on development matters with the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. And as 2017 will be an important year for establishing long-term goals and making important inroads into advances within the sector, Devex spoke with attendees to better understand where we are headed.

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Vietnam Pepper Association to run plant clinics

Contributed by CABI-SEA team

group-photoIn collaboration with the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA), Plantwise Vietnam organized a meeting with the various stakeholders of the Vietnamese pepper industry on 16 December 2016. The meeting was held at the Institute of Agricultural Science for Southern Vietnam (IAS). In attendance were a total of 34 participants from the various sectors of the industry, and the meeting was chaired by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Tuat from the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS).

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Latest Plantwise newsletter out now

pw-newsletter-cover-dec-2016 Looking for something to read over the holidays? The last Plantwise newsletter of 2016 has just been published, featuring stories about the programme from around the world.

This edition leads with an article on how Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah and the Minister of Agriculture, Assadullah Zameer, visited our stand at the Kabul International AgFair to find out about how we’re supporting farmers across the country.

You’ll also be able to read about how our partners are helping make funding sustainable in Mozambique; how Plantwise is linking with Farmer Field Schools in Nepal; and how we are increasing the programme’s visibility across the world

Find out more by viewing the newsletter on our website, and sign up via Facebook to receive the newsletter in your inbox every quarter.