Plant doctors share advice using WhatsApp and Facebook in Central America

by Erica Chernoh and Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI

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Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras
Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras

 

The software application WhatsApp is being used by plant doctors in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras to provide and receive plant diagnostic support. WhatsApp has proven to be popular in many countries, because it is a free communication tool for sending and receiving SMS messages. Continue reading

Social Media Used To Facilitate Research Into UK Ash Dieback

Diamond shaped lesions characteristic of Ash Dieback Disease, caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea. Image courtesy of The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright.
Diamond shaped lesions characteristic of Ash Dieback Disease, caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea. Image courtesy of The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright.

This Friday scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory in the John Innes Centre in Norwich will publish the first RNA sequence data on the ash dieback fungus Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (asexual anamorphic stage Chalara fraxinea). The data will be released via the OpenAshDieback website to a system called GitHub designed for ‘social coding’ of software so that the information can be shared with scientists and experts all over the world. Dr Dan MacLean of The Sainsbury Laboratory said:  “Bringing together knowledge and data through technically-orientated social media is one of the most vital steps in beginning to understand this outbreak”

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Get more scientific and international development news on CABI’s Facebook page!

Facebook logoCABI has just launched its Facebook page. In addition to posts from Plantwise, there will be news and articles from the other arms of CABI including Global Health, Environmental Impact, Animal Science, Forest Science, and newly published books and journals. There will also be updates from the work that CABI is doing in countries all over the world from Barbados to Bangladesh.

Take a look at the page: http://www.facebook.com/CABI.development – there’s even a timeline where you can find out about the origins of CABI.

If you are interested in invasive species, international development or climate change, we highly recommend that you ‘like’ the CABI Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest research and activities in the field.