Update: Plant Health News (06 Apr 16)

Diaphorina citri, one of the major vectors of HLB in Colombia (David Hall - USDA ARS)
Diaphorina citri, one of the major vectors of HLB in Colombia (David Hall – USDA ARS)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including HLB infected insects identified in Colombia, a new millet variety introduced in Rwanda and a new video to teach farmers in Kenya about drought-tolerant maize.

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Update: Plant Health News (02 Mar 16)

A lack of Nitrogen in soil affects the crop (top leaf) and reduces yield (Photo by Dr Prakash Kumar)
A Nitrogen deficient leaf and a normal leaf. Lack of Nitrogen in soil can severely limit yield (photo by Dr Prakash Kumar)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including what can be done about the depleted nitrogen in African soils, investment in safe agricultural products in Vietnam and the effect El Niño is having on global food production.

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Update: Plant Health News (03 Feb 16)

Huanglongbing can be fatal for citrus trees (Source:USDA)
Huanglongbing can be fatal for citrus trees (Source:USDA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the new parasitic wasp that can detect aphid infestation, the effect that El Niño will have on avocado in Peru and the threat of Huanglongbing (HLB) on agriculture in Colombia.

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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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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: Plant Health News (23 Sep 15)

Earthworms are effective in boosting soil fertility © UNDP (CC BY-NC-SA)
Earthworms can boost soil fertility © UNDP

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the damage to irrigation channels caused by Chilean earthquakes, the promotion of earthworms to improve soil fertility and boost crop yields in Zimbabwe, and a severe reduction in cereal production in Central America as a result of the El Niño.

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Update: Plant Health News (01 Jul 15)

Pheromone trap in Uganda © CABI
Pheromone trap in Uganda © CABI

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a reduction in banana yield in the Philippines due to the effects of El Niño on rainfall, a pest causing severe damage to tomato production in Nigeria and the use of pheromones to control insect pests in the field.

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