Plant protection

Researchers in China have discovered a chemical compound that causes solitary locusts to form massive swarms. 4VA, as the chemical is known for short, could represent a breakthrough in combating locust plagues and…

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Plant protection

Having the ability to cause 100 per cent yield loss once established in a field, TR4 has proven to be devastating on the farms that are infested with it. These guidelines aim to help farmers create prevention plans.

 

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Plant protection

A new product called Green Muscle™, based on a specific isolate of the fungus Metarhizium acridum, stops locusts in their tracks.

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Plant protection

A new alliance associating stakeholders from every part of the value chain aims to address the issues facing banana production worldwide.

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Plant protection

A single volatile substance can be sufficient to induce a defence response in sweet potatoes to herbivores. Researchers have identified this substance and shown that the mechanism is not only limited to the attacked…

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Plant protection

Asian Soybean Rust poses a significant threat to soybean producers. An international consortium of plant researchers has now achieved an important milestone in the fight against this devastating soybean disease.

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Plant protection

Fusarium wilt disease threatens banana production. A new emergency project as well as a new banana variety aim to fight the fungal plant disease.

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Plant protection

A new Artificial Intelligence tool offers an opportunity for banana farmers to improve crop surveillance, fast-track control and mitigation efforts, and help them prevent production losses.

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Plant protection

Fusarium Tropical Race 4 (TR4) has arrived in Latin America. It is a major threat to banana producers, many of them are smallholder farmers. There is no viable, fully effective treatment of soil or plants to control or…

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The African whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, on cassava leaves
Plant protection

As part of efforts to control the spread of the two viral diseases attacking cassava in Africa, cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), scientists have announced a breakthrough whole genome…

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