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 (16 Feb 16)

Ivory Coast has had a record cashew output (Photo: Joao Vicente, CC BY)
Ivory Coast has had a record cashew output (Photo: Joao Vicente, CC BY)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including Tanzanian stakeholders concerned about whitefly pest, biocontrol in Kerala’s banana plantations and a record output of cashews in Ivory Coast.

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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 (20 Jan 16)

Scientists are studying a number of wild banana varieties to help in the fight against TR4. Photo: Vezina, Anne / Bioversity International
Wild bananas could be key in the fight against TR4. Photo: Vezina, Anne / Bioversity International

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the wild bananas that could help overcome TR4 Panama disease, the effect of El Niño on potato crops in Peru and the farmers in Tanzania who are being urged to grown drought resistant crops.

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Update: Plant Health News (06 Jan 16)

Parthenium hysterophorus is jsut one of the invasive plants that pose risk to food production © Forest and Kim Starr
Parthenium hysterophorus is one of the invasive plants that affect food production © Forest and Kim Starr

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the invasive plants posing risk to food production in East Africa, a new tomato variety a hit with farmers in Australia and the use of botanical big data helping to predict how plant species will react to environmental change.

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Update: Plant Health News (16 Dec 15)

Access to markets is crucial for smallholder farmers ©USAID Egypt (CC BYNC)
Access to markets is crucial for smallholder farmers ©USAID Egypt (CC BY-NC)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including typhoons and greening disease hitting China citrus crops, avocado exports threatened by phytosanitary problems in Mexico and the World Food Programme working to connect smallholder farmers to markets.

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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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