Update: Plant Health News (02 Dec 15)

TheGates Foundation has approved funding  for KAUST to conduct research into eradicating witchweed in sub-Saharan Africa. (IITA)
The Gates Foundation has approved funding for research into eradicating witchweed in sub-Saharan Africa. (IITA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a boost for parasitic weed research in Africa from the Gates Foundation, benefits of modern farming come to Peru and a surge in climate change-related disasters posing a growing threat to food security.

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Plant doctors share advice using WhatsApp and Facebook in Central America

by Erica Chernoh and Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI

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Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras
Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras

 

The software application WhatsApp is being used by plant doctors in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras to provide and receive plant diagnostic support. WhatsApp has proven to be popular in many countries, because it is a free communication tool for sending and receiving SMS messages. Continue reading

Update: New Pest & Disease Records (25 Nov 15)

Aspergillus parvisclerotigenus rot has been detected in garlic in Pakistan © Christine Vaufrey, CC BY-NC
Aspergillus parvisclerotigenus rot has been detected in garlic in Pakistan © Christine Vaufrey, CC BY-NC

We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include the first record of stink bugs in rice farming in the Brazillian Maranhão, the first report of Aspergillus parvisclerotigenus rot in garlic bulbs from Pakistan and new records of the smut fungus Testicularia africana from Tanzania and Mozambique.

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Update: Plant Health News (18 Nov 15)

The Teff Harvest, Northern Ethiopia © Alan Davey, CC BY
The Teff Harvest, Northern Ethiopia © Alan Davey, CC BY

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the synopsis, productivity and efficiency of smallholder teff farmers in Ethiopia, the implementation of a project to control fruit fly in Ecuador, and the production and saving seed in Papua New Guinea.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (12 Nov 15)

Papaya mealybugs feed on many economically important crops, and have now been found on Mulberry © Scot Nelson
Papaya mealybugs feed on many economically important crops, and have now been found on Mulberry in West Bengal © Scot Nelson

We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include a report of papaya mealy bug, Paracoccus marginatus in mulberry in West Bengal, the natural mortality of Tuta absoluta eggs in Argentina and Italy with the first record of Encarsia porteri affecting its populations and the first report of spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii in Kansas.

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Bolivia: control de la mosca de la fruta en chirimoya

La mosca de la fruta es una plaga de mayor importancia en América latina, y solo en Bolivia, esta plaga causa pérdida de 113 millones de dólares cada año a los productores de frutas y hortalizas.

Los productores y productoras de chirimoya pueden revisar la Lista Verde producida por Plantwise que brinda asesoramiento sobre la prevención y el manejo cultural y biológico de la mosca de la fruta para evitar pérdidas importantes de sus cosechas.

Algunas medidas para el control de la mosca incluyen el manejo de malezas, recolección de frutos caídos, adelantar la cosecha, colocar trampas de feromonas y el uso de enemigos naturales ya como Beauveria bassiana.

Para más información sobre el control de plagas, visite Plantwise knowledge bank.chirimoya

Update: Plant Health News (04 Nov 15)

Coconut rhinoceros beetles have been discovered breeding in the tree tops of coconut in Guam. Photo:  john_amend_all2000
Coconut rhinoceros beetles have been discovered breeding in the tree tops of coconut in Guam. Photo: john_amend_all2000

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including huge losses in Bolivia caused by fruit flies, arboreal breeding behaviour of coconut rhinoceros beetle in Guam and a new technology that could help distinguish the European corn borer from other look-alike species.

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