Update: Plant Health News (27 Aug 14)

Soil health issues cost African farmers $4 billion a year in lost crop productivity © Gates Foundation (CC BY-NC-ND)
Soil health issues cost African farmers $4 billion a year in lost crop productivity © Gates Foundation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including surveillance robots that can detect weeds and pest insects, a focus on gender capacity development in Ethiopia and smallholder farmers in Africa adopting practices to improve their field soil health.

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Update: Plant Health News (18 Jun 14)

Increased awareness of side-effects has reduced post-harvest chemical use on Citrus © Rachel Jones (CC BY-NC)
Increased awareness of side-effects has reduced post-harvest chemical use on Citrus © Rachel Jones (CC BY-NC)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including chemical-free citrus post-harvest becoming the new standard, how weeds could help feed billions in a warming world and the rehabilitation of banana fields devastated by Xanthomonas wilt in DRC.

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Update: Plant Health News (09 Apr 14)

Nematodes are difficult to control but a new banana variety might be the answer to avoiding attack © Michael McClure, University of Arizona (CC BY-NC)
Nematodes are difficult to control but a new banana variety might help avoid crop loss © M. McClure, University of Arizona (CC BY-NC)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the banana plants that can fight off nematodes, the effect of pesticides on earthworms and training for farmers in Gambia on rice crop husbandry.

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Update: Plant Health News (12 Mar 14)

Brown marmorated stink bugs are a major pest © David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ (CC BY)
Brown marmorated stink bugs are a major pest © David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ (CC BY)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the use of Stink Bug saliva in pest control, FAO’s article on empowering women in agriculture and new research into the delayed resistance of pests to Bt crops.

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Update: Plant Health News (26 Feb 14)

Two- wheel tractors are more affordable for small-scale farmers who wish to benefit from the mechanisation of agriculture in South Asia © werktuigendagen (CC BY-SA)
Two-wheel tractors are more affordable for small-scale farmers who want to benefit from the mechanisation of agriculture in South Asia © werktuigendagen (CC BY-SA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including drought affecting coffee in Brazil, new biodegradable mulches that could be used as an alternative to polyethylene and innovative farm machinery used in Bangladesh.

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Update: Plant Health News (12 Feb 14)

Rhinoceros beetles are a major pest of coconut © John_Amend (via Flickr)
Rhinoceros beetles are a major pest of coconut © John_Amend (via Flickr)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a new biocontrol treatment to control Rhinoceros beetles on coconut,  research to show GM Bt crops don’t harm non-target insects  and research into the use of insects to control invasive weeds.

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Update: Plant Health News (29 Jan 14)

Enset fruit
Banana-like enset fruit

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the development of shock treatments for weeds, plans to monitor pesticide residues in Nepal and the development of enset varieties resistant to bacterial wilt disease in Ethiopia.

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