CABI collaborates on innovative approach to tackling pesticide resistance evolution

Spodoptera eridania (southern armyworm); larva on tomato leaf.
Southern armyworm (Spodoptera eridania) – a pest which is prevalent in Brazil ©Lyle J. Buss/University of Florida

CABI is joining an international team of scientists, led by the University of Stirling, to take a ‘revolutionary approach’ in attempting to tackle resistance to pesticides in insects with a specific focus on crops pests in Brazil.

The £620,000 study will see UK-based Dr Belinda Luke working on the mass production of fungal biopesticides and formulation development from CABI’s laboratories in Egham, Surrey, while Dr Yelitza Colmenarez, and Natália Corniani – from CABI’s centre in São Paulo, Brazil, will disseminate a range of associated training activities.

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UFSCar Participa dos Modulos de treinamento de Plantwise

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Participantes do treinamento sobre funcionamento das clínicas de plantas com enfoque na recomendação técnica em fitossanidade, além de metodologías de comunicação e extensão rural.

O novo campus da Universidade Federal de São Carlos, localizado no sudoeste paulista, estabeleceu desde 2016 uma parceria com CABI Plantwise para integrar a rede nacional de entidades executoras das clínicas de plantas no Brasil. As clínicas de plantas são uma metodologia para oferecer serviços de diagnóstico e recomendação de problemas fitossanitários com enfoque no manejo integrado de pragas e direcionado a agricultura familiar.

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Participación de CABI en el “48 Congresso Brasileiro de Fitopatologia” en Brazil.

Texto preparado y editado por Martha Maria Passador y Javier Franco

En el mes de Agosto del 2015, en los días 10 al 13, se realizó el “48 Congresso Brasileiro de Fitopatologia”, en la ciudad de São Pedro, ubicada en el interior del estado de São Paulo. Este congreso se lleva a cabo anualmente en diferentes ciudades de Brasil, en esta oportunidad se realizó en esta ciudad para celebrar los 50 años de la “Faculdade de Ciências  Agronômicas – Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)”.

Al final de las presentaciones los expositores contestaron las preguntas efectuadas
Al final de las presentaciones los expositores contestaron las preguntas efectuadas

CABI participó de una Mesa Redonda por invitación de la Comisión Organizadora del Congreso, cuyo tema fue: “Avanços em Clínica Global de Plantas – Programa CABI-Plantwise”. Para las charlas fueron invitados la Dra. Martha Maria Passador (CABI-Brazil) que presentó la charla “Estrutura do Programa Plantwise”, el Dr. Javier Franco (CABI-Bolivia y Peru) que presentó la charla “Las Clínicas para Plantas: un servicio en beneficio de los pequeños productores de Bolivia y Peru”, y la Dra. Betty Matos (SENASA-Perú) que presentó la charla “Directrices sobre las Listas de plagas reglamentadas”. Esta Mesa también se contó con la presencia de la Dra. Yelitza Colmenarez para presentar a los expositores y dar unas palabras acerca de CABI. Al final de las presentaciones se dispuso de un tiempo para efectuar preguntas a los expositores, los mismos que dieron las respectivas respuestas.

La Dra. Martha explicaba a los visitantes del stand acerca del trabajo desarrollado por el programa CABI-Plantwise.
La Dra. Martha explicaba a los visitantes del stand acerca del trabajo desarrollado por el programa CABI-Plantwise.

Además de la charla, durante el período del Congreso, CABI  participó en el Stand de FEPAF (Fundação de Estudos e Pesquisas Agrícolas e Florestais), donde se expusieron algunos materiales relacionados a CABI y Plantwise. La Dra. Martha explicaba a los visitantes del stand acerca del trabajo desarrollado por el programa. Debido a esta divulgación fue posible percibir un alto interés por parte de los que participaron del congreso.

Update: Plant Health News (15 Jan 15)

Maize is a staple crop in Malawi but farmers have been told to diversify © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)
Maize is a staple crop in Malawi but farmers have been advised to diversify © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including Crops in Brazil still suffering after last year’s drought, the Malawi farmers advised to diversify their crops and the gene that affects nitrogen fixation and yield of soybean.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (03 Sep 14)

Podosphaera xanthii, commonly found on Cucurbitaceae has been identified as the causal agent of eggplant powdery mildew in Qingdao © Gerald Holmes (CC BY-NC)
Podosphaera xanthii, more commonly found on Cucurbitaceae has been identified as a causal agent of  powdery mildew in eggplant © Gerald Holmes (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 occurrence of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum on banana pseudostems in the Brazillian state of Minas Gerais, fire blight disease on apricot and cherry plum in Hungary and identification of the pathogen causing eggplant powdery mildew in Qingdao, China.

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Plantwise knowledge bank well-received in Brazil

Carlos Frederico Vilcem, Vice President of Faculty of Agricultural Science at ENESP (centre) with the CABI team.
Carlos Frederico Vilcem, Vice President of the Faculty of Agricultural Science at UNESP (centre) with the CABI team.

Last week, Cambria Finegold, Head of Project Development for the Plantwise knowledge bank, gave a seminar at São Paulo State University (UNESP), one of the largest agricultural universities in Brazil. The seminar, entitled “The Plantwise Knowledge Bank for research on Distribution, Identification, and Control of Agricultural Pests – Use and Potential” generated positive feedback from attendees and sparked some excellent discussions about the Plantwise initiative.

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Update: Plant Health News (10 Apr 13)

Xanthomonas wilt causes rotting and bacteria-laden exudates © Guy Blomme/ Bioversity International (CC BY-NC-ND)
Xanthomonas wilt causes rotting and bacteria-laden exudates © Guy Blomme/ Bioversity International (CC BY-NC-ND)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including measures taken against Banana Xanthomonas Wilt in Tanzania, new citrus varieties released in Brazil and GM cotton linked to rise in aphid numbers.

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