Plantwise Photo Of The Month- April

strawb
To read more about the work Plantwise is doing in Bolivia follow this link. To read Spanish factsheets specific to Bolivia on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank click here.
Read Further

Monitoring and Management of Desert Locusts in Africa

strawb
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has this month warned that Desert Locust¬†(Schistocerca gregaria) swarms are invading cropping areas of northern Sudan. The swarms originated from winter breeding areas on the Red Sea coastal plains and subcoastal areas in northeast Sudan and southeast Egypt. The situation requires close monitoring as more swarms are…
Read Further

How The Gates Foundation and Carlos Slim are Supporting Innovation and Crop Improvement For Farmers

strawb
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Fundación Carlos Slim have announced a partnership in support of efforts by the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center CIMMYT) in Mexico to develop and disseminate higher-yielding, more resilient wheat and maize varieties.
Read Further

New Type of Invasive Whitefly Recorded In South Africa

strawb
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…
Read Further

What CABI Is Doing To Tackle Major Coffee Rust Outbreaks In Central America

strawb
Guatemala has declared a state of agricultural emergency after coffee rust fungus has affected approximately 193,000ha of coffee, equating to 70% of the national crop. As a result of the outbreak, Guatemala is releasing $13.7m (¬£8.7m) in emergency aid to help farmers buy pesticides and to inform farmers on ways to manage the disease. Honduras…
Read Further

Plantwise Photo Of The Month – February

strawb
To read more about plant clinics in Nepal and to watch a video of a plant clinic in action, click here. To find out more about plant pests and diseases in Nepal visit the Plantwise Pest Distribution map 
Read Further

The Climate Reality Project- Coffee Production Hit by Climate Change

strawb
[ustream id=27051308 hwaccel=1 version=3 width=480 height=302] Video streaming by Ustream Recently aired as part of The Climate Reality Project (founded by Al Gore), this documentary contains a 5 minute ¬†film about climate change and smallholder coffee production in Colombia. The film featured as part of a 24 hour online stream of climate documentaries and discussions…
Read Further

Research Projects Into Improving Crop Plants Receive Major Funding

strawb
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…
Read Further

Typhoon Devastates 10,000 ha of Banana Plantation In the Philippines

strawb
The Philippines, the world‚Äôs third largest exporter of bananas, has lost up to a quarter of its banana plantations after typhoon Pablo, also known as typhoon Bopha, struck. The typhoon is one of the most powerful ever recorded in the island of Mindanao and has caused the deaths of over 400 people as well as…
Read Further

Slicing Into The Bread Wheat Genome

strawb
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) is a globally important crop that accounts for 20% of the calories consumed by the world‚Äôs human population. Major work is underway to increase wheat production by expanding knowledge of the wheat genome and analysing key traits, however due to the large size and great complexity of the bread wheat genome…
Read Further