Plant protection

The presence of Telenomus remus in Africa in at least five countries provides a great opportunity to develop augmentative biological control methods against Fall Armyworm.

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Plant protection

Scientists at the University of Tübingen in Germany have discovered a sugar molecule that inhibits plants and microorganisms and is harmless to human cells. Could it become a substitute for the controversial herbicide…

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Plant protection

Researchers at the DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures have succeeded in finding resistance against Cassava Brown Streak disease for African cassava varieties taken from South-American plants.

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Plant protection

More and more harmful insects and pathogens are creating problems for useful plants because they cannot be tackled with insecticides and herbicides. Therefore, alternatives to conventional plant protection are needed.

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Plant protection

Fall Armyworm is still spreading, having infected millions of hectares of maize by now and threatening the food security of more than 300 million people. A new mobile App, called Nuru, aims to support farmers in the…

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Plant protection

A new mobile app aims to support farmers to fight against Fall Armyworm infestation in Africa. By early 2018, more than 40 African states and territories had reported Fall Armyworm infestations.

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Plant protection

A new, faster, and more accurate way of identifying infectious organisms—down to their genetic fingerprint—could finally put farmers a step ahead of bacterial blight.

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Plant protection

African countries are faced with Fall Armyworm (FAW) infestation of millions of hectares of maize, most in the hands of smallholder farmers. A new FAO-Guide aims to help farmers in fighting FAW in an integrated,…

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Maize in Lipompo Province (South Africa), infested with the fall armyworm, March 2017. <br/> Photo: © FAO/Steven Lazaro
Plant protection

Since early 2017, the fall armyworm, a native of the Americas, has been spreading in Africa. Experts reckon that it will not be possible to completely exterminate the insect in the continent. On the contrary, it seems…

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Plant protection

A protein-based fruit fly bait to attract and kill pests is boosting incomes for fruit and vegetable farmers in Kenya. Tested in fields across Africa, the product is helping to overcome yield losses and costs 70 per cent…

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