Update: New Pest & Disease Records (7 April 2022)

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 records of Dryomyia lichtensteinii and Pristiphora depressa, both new to Britain, and new records of several powdery mildews from Taiwan.
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Biological pest control – what is it?

Ladybird biological control
This article was originally published on the CABI BioProtection Portal blog. Visit the original blog post here. Biological control (or ‘biocontrol’) is the use of living organisms and naturally sourced (or nature-identical) compounds to control pest and disease populations. The IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association) defines biocontrol products as:
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Coffee leaf rust: Spotting and managing Hemileia vastatrix

Coffee
Coffee rust or coffee leaf rust is a significant problem in coffee-producing regions. Caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix, outbreaks can have a devastating impact on crop yields, rendering coffee cultivation uneconomic wherever it reaches epidemic proportions.
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (7 March 2022)

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 five new records of eriophyid mites from herbaceous plants and fruit trees in Turkey and the description of two new species of Monoceromyia in India.
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PlantwisePlus and the Sustainable Development Goals

Female farmer in India
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are the outline to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 goals aim to address challenges relating to poverty, inequality, climate change, the environment, and peace and justice. A number of these global goals are central to CABI’s PlantwisePlus programme.
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (7 February 2022)

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 Spotted-wing drosophila associated with Actinidia kolomikta and the first report of anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum fructicola on Brassica parachinensis in China.
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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 2022)

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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