Más que un microscopio: El laboratorio de plantas en Comarapa, Bolivia

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Ladiplantas (Laboratorio de Plantas) que se ubica en el pueblo agrícola de Comarapa, en los cálidos valles andinos de Bolivia, está bien integrado a la comunidad local. Ladiplantas es manejado por la Ing. Olivia Antezana, como parte del Centro de Investigación Agrícola Tropical (CIAT), de la Gobernación del Departamento de Santa Cruz, desde el 2000 (Bentley y Boa 2004). CIAT es una de las tres agencias agropecuarias de la Gobernación de Santa Cruz. Las otras son la Dirección de Sanidad Agroalimentaria (DSA) y el Servicio Departamental Agropecuario de Sanidad e Inocuidad Agroalimentaria (Sedacruz, antes Sedag).

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Diagnostics in action: A proactive plant laboratory in Comarapa, Bolivia

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Ladiplantas (Plant Laboratory) in the agro-town of Comarapa, in Bolivia’s low Andean Valleys, is well integrated into the farming community. Ladiplantas is run by agronomist Olivia Antezana, as part of CIAT (Research Centre for Tropical Agriculture), of the Departmental government of Santa Cruz, since 2000 (Bentley and Boa 2004). CIAT is one of the three agriculture agencies of the Government of Santa Cruz. The others are DSA (Directorate of Agricultural and Food Health) and Sedacruz (Departmental Service for Agriculture, Livestock and Food Safety; formerly Sedag).

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PRISE: speaking to the end user – pest alerts for plant doctors in Africa

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Brian Siame shows plant health conversations between plant doctors in the Zambia Telegram group (Photo: David Onyango, CABI)

After 2 hours drive, we arrive in Rufunsa District located approximately 150 kilometres east of the Zambian Capital, Lusaka. After exchanging pleasantries we settle down with Brian Siame a trained plant doctor and one of the participants in our survey to find out more about plant doctor requirements for pest alert messages.

After a brief explanation of how PRISE will work Brian was taken through the survey and its relevance to his role. “The pest forecast messages will be sent to plant doctors like you so that you can provide farmers with timely advice and help them manage local pest outbreaks,” explained Abigail Rumsey from CABI. “The alerts will take the form of short text messages, advising on predicted pest life stage and risk level, with the possibility of including the pest image to help ease identification and diagnosis”.

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Extender del Programa Plantwise a Nuevas Áreas del Perú

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Con el apoyo de todas las agencias de donantes que apoyan el programa Plantwise y a traves de un trabajo conjunto con el INIA y gobiernos locales el programa INIA-CABI Plantwise viene siendo implementado en el Perú desde el 2012. A través de la utilización de los Módulos de Asistencia Técnica – Clínicas de Plantas como forma de diseminación de tecnologías agrícolas para pequeños y medianos productores.

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Las Clínicas de Plantas participaron en la conmemoración del 32º “Día de la Investigación Agraria” en Perú

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El doctor de plantas Armando Valencia le explica al público presente la metodología que utiliza cuando realiza una clínica de plantas

El 14 de julio se llevó a cabo el 32º “Día de la Investigación Agraria” celebrado por el Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (INIA) de Perú. El evento conmemora la importancia que tiene la investigación y el desarrollo de tecnologías en el área agrícola en el país. En este evento se reconoce el aporte que personas distinguidas han hecho a la investigación y a la agricultura durante su carrera profesional.

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CABI scientists shed light on factors affecting the use of biological control

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A parasitic wasp foraging for eggs on the underside of a leaf. Photo: CABI

Human health issues arising from the use of synthetic pesticides and concerns about their environmental toxicity are making lower-risk alternatives increasingly attractive. Biological control agents are living organisms which reduce harmful pest populations. Many people know of the common ladybird, whose larvae feed on aphids, but a wide range or biological control agents – e.g. predatory and parasitic insects, diseases of plant pests – are available. However, their use is still limited, in particular in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

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E-plant clinics rolled out in Jammu, India

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Last year Plantwise launched in Jammu & Kashmir state, India, with the establishment of 15 plant clinics across 3 districts in the Jammu region. This year sees the launch of an exciting new development, with the roll-out of e-plant clinics to revolutionize the extension system and support the quick transfer of information and advice to farmers via text messages on their mobile phones. This process began with a series of training workshops last month, which were officially inaugurated by Jenab Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Jammu & Kashmir.

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