Simulation app for improved plant-health diagnosis skills

Crop Pest Simulator App
CABI’s simulation app Pest Diagnostic Simulator allows users to test their plant pest and disease investigation and diagnosis skills through multiple scenarios, reinforcing investigation and diagnosis skills through engaging gameplay and real-time feedback. 
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (5 January 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 of Xanthomonas citri Subsp. Citri causing Citrus canker on a range of citrus fruit in Pakistan and the first record of blueberry gall midge Dasineura oxycoccana in…
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Bio-protection roadshow promotes low-risk plant protection products in Pakistan

BioProtection roadshow, Pakistan
Agriculture continues to face new and complex challenges. Not only do these affect agricultural production, but also basic and applied agricultural research and education. One key area of concern is the increasing threat from plant pests and diseases, made worse by climate change and environmental degradation. Farmers often turn to chemical pesticides to protect their…
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PlantwisePlus most read blogs of 2021

Women looking at tablets and mobile phones
As 2021 draws to a close, we have crunched the numbers and present the most read articles on the PlantwisePlus Blog this year. Plus a few firm favourites. Articles on the launch of PlantwisePlus were some of the most read during 2021, as were those covering the work Plantwise continues to do on the ground…
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (6 December 2021)

smut pathogen on teff
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 of the smut pathogen on teff in Ethiopia and the first report of Diaporthe fusicola causing leaf blotch of Osmanthus fragrans in China.
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Threats to Coffee Production: What are they and the solutions?

Threats to coffee production
The global coffee industry cultivates over $100 billion in revenue with the world’s population consuming over 500 billion cups per year. Yet with this huge global industry, the coffee we drink today is extremely vulnerable. Out of the 124 species of coffee plants found throughout the world, only two are used to produce commercial coffee,…
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Conservation farming: can it offset fall armyworm’s impact?

Fall armyworm
Conservation farming has been promoted in sub-Saharan Africa as a way to potentially improve yields while conserving the environment. Farmer livelihoods are increasingly threatened by climate change, declining soil fertility, land degradation, pests, and diseases. Finding sustainable farming methods that address these challenges is key to feeding a growing population.
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Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease – the invasive threatening maize

Maize field
Maize lethal necrosis disease (MLND) was first identified in Peru in 1973. Since then, the disease has spread rapidly to other parts of Latin America and the USA. In Africa, the disease was first reported in Kenya in 2011. By 2014, it had spread to other countries in East Africa including Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan,…
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Benefits of Pest Risk Information Service highlighted at CODATA Virtual SciDataCon

Pest Risk Information Service
The benefits of the CABI-led Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) in helping smallholder farmers mitigate crop pests outbreaks, thereby boosting their yields and livelihoods, have been highlighted at the CODATA Virtual SciDataCon 2021.
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Plantwise Knowledge Bank Country Resources – What’s available?

Plantwise Knowledge Bank Country Resources
The Plantwise Knowledge Bank (PWKB) is a free online resource that gathers plant health information from across the world. Over 15,000 pieces of content, which include, pest management decision guide’s (PMDG), factsheets for farmers (PFFF), species pages, photo sheets, manuals and video factsheets in over 100 languages.
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