Addressing Cassava Brown Streak Disease in Zambia

Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) was officially reported in Zambia for the first time in 2018. It is a viral disease that causes hard rots in cassava roots and can result in substantial yield losses. It gets its name from the brown streaks that form on the stem.
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Tune in to the Cassava show

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Last week in the Nkhotakota region of Malawi a new radio show went on air. Not a news programme or a music show, but a show devoted to Cassava. Sounds pretty specific? Well, it‚Äôs even more focussed than that. The weekly 30 minute programme is actually focussed on managing one of Cassava‚Äôs most damaging diseases…
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Update: Plant Health News (16 Mar 16)

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Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the success of the M9 banana variety in Uganda, a study into the timeline of climate change effects on agriculture and a warning on the use of miticides in Almond IPM.
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Update: Plant Health News (15 Jan 15)

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Here‚Äôs 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. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news!
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Factsheet of the month: October – Preventing weeds in cassava

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This month sees the return of World Food Day which is celebrated annually on the 16th October, the day the Food and Agricultural Organisation was founded in 1945. This year‚Äôs theme, Family Farming, has been chosen to raise awareness of the role that family and smallholder farmers play in providing food security and achieving sustainable…
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Update: Plant Health News (05 Jun 13)

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Here‚Äôs a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including cassava’s huge potential as a 21st century crop in Africa, the discovery of nematode resistant wheat and¬†Brazil to launch biofungicide against witch’s broom. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news!
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New Type of Invasive Whitefly Recorded In South Africa

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A species of whitefly that transmits cassava mosaic virus has been detected in South Africa for the first time. The whitefly,¬†Bemisia tabaci is a cryptic species complex containing some important agricultural pests and virus vectors. The term ‚Äėcryptic species complex‚Äô means that Bemisia tabaci is considered to be a complex of at least 24 different…
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Armyworms devastate crops in Zambia, threatening food security

Armyworms in Zambia are threatening food security by reducing crop yields. This was the message from former Agriculture Minister Eustarkio Kazong, speaking in an interview for Zambian radio station, QFM. Armyworms are attacking crops, causing major damage to maize, cassava, sorghum and rice. In Kabwe, the capital of the Central Province where the first cases…
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Research Projects Into Improving Crop Plants Receive Major Funding

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The University of Illinois has received a five year, $25 million grant from the¬†Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation¬†to improve the photosynthetic properties of key food crops, such as rice and cassava. The project, entitled ‚ÄėRIPE- Realising Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency‚Äô has the potential to benefit farmers by improving the productivity of staple food crops.¬†Increasing photosynthetic efficiency…
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Cassava virus resistance breakthrough for Africa

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One of the worst diseases of the tuber crop, cassava, in sub-Saharan Africa is Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD). Since its resurgence in East Africa in recent years, it is now spreading to Central and Western Africa. The other major disease of cassava in this region, Cassava mosaic disease (CMD), can also cause widespread damage…
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