So how can we deal with all this plant clinic data?

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There are many ways that data from plant clinics can inform agricultural activities. Clinic data can be used to identify the distribution of major crops and diseases, and help to flag up new and emerging pests and diseases. These data can also contribute to the monitoring of the quality of advice given to farmers at…
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Plantwise Uganda to add thirty plant doctors to their pool

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¬†Contributed by Jane Frances Asaba¬†and Joseph Mulema, both CABI Africa, and Phil Taylor, CABI Egham-UK¬† Plantwise has been operating in Uganda for 8 years, throughout which progress in setting up plant clinics with partners has been slow but steady.¬†¬†Recently, things¬†are really taking off; extension workers being¬†instructed to attend courses by their superiors, and their role…
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Plantwise Photo Of The Month- April

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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.
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Plantwise launches in Ghana

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Plantwise, a global initiative run by CABI, was launched in Accra, Ghana last week. The initiative involves establishing plant clinics, which farmers can attend to get advice on plant health from trained plant doctors. In addition to the knowledge they acquire through the training programmes, these plant doctors can make use of the Plantwise Knowledge…
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Plant clinics in Uganda: First regional plant clinic awareness workshop held in Kabarole

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This article is adapted from a post on the Rwenzori Information Centres Network blog. In a bid to create awareness about plant clinics in Uganda, Plantwise organized a one day sensitization workshop at Lesuiex Centre in Kabarole District about improving food security and the lives of smallholder farmers in Uganda. It was also aimed at…
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Genetic Engineering in Barbados

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  The Sorrel plant (left) was one of those found by the trainees during the recent training in Module 1 of how to be a plant doctor. The plant doctor training uses live plant material as well we photographs to lead the trainees through the process of field diagnosis. The large and hard beige lump…
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Plantwise Photo Of The Month – February

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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 
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Plantwise heads west (in Uganda)

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The recent awareness raising exercise that took place in Fort Portal in the west of Uganda was a roaring success.¬† The key to extending Plantwise in Uganda was to involve the Chief Administrative officers, District Agricultural officers and the NAADS coordinator of each of the districts.¬† The extension service in Uganda is mostly decentralised with…
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How mobile technology could improve agriculture

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Technological innovation is becoming increasingly important in agricultural development and productivity. The use of mobile ICT (information and communication technology) in agriculture provides a more efficient and cost-effective method for sharing and exchanging knowledge more widely. Farmers are¬†benefiting¬† as they can access key information such as pest and disease reports, weather conditions and market prices.…
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CABI scientists help to uncover new occurrences of plant diseases

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In 2012, CABI scientists continued to contribute to the discovery of new occurrences of plant pests and diseases, via the Plantwise diagnostic service. CABI‚Äôs Plantwise initiative offers a free service for eligible clients in developing countries, providing disease identification support to plant clinics. Every year, the DFID-funded service receives more than 500 samples from 80…
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