Data from plant clinics is contributing to Trinidad and Tobago’s agricultural database

Roshni Ramsingh (left) and Gayatri Singh-Ramlogan identify the Cushiony Cotton Scales pest on a plant specimen (Photo: MoALF)

Home gardening enthusiasts and farmers from as far as Rio Claro seized the opportunity to have their plant sicknesses diagnosed at a plant clinic hosted by Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MoALF) at its Farmers’ Training Centre in Centeno. After a in-depth one-on-one discussion with Ministry representatives from the Extension, Training and Information Services Division (ETIS), participants were each given a prescription sheet which captured a host of valuable information, including a description of the plant problem and the recommended control measures.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (03 Sep 14)

Podosphaera xanthii, commonly found on Cucurbitaceae has been identified as the causal agent of eggplant powdery mildew in Qingdao © Gerald Holmes (CC BY-NC)
Podosphaera xanthii, more commonly found on Cucurbitaceae has been identified as a causal agent of  powdery mildew in eggplant © Gerald Holmes (CC BY-NC)

We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include the occurrence of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum on banana pseudostems in the Brazillian state of Minas Gerais, fire blight disease on apricot and cherry plum in Hungary and identification of the pathogen causing eggplant powdery mildew in Qingdao, China.

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