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Devastating wheat fungus appears in Asia for first time

Posted on Thu, 28 Apr 2016, 17:34

Fields are ablaze in Bangladesh, as farmers struggle to contain Asia’s first outbreak of a fungal disease that periodically devastates crops in South America. Plant pathologists warn that wheat blast could spread to other parts of south and southeast Asia, and are hurrying to trace its origins.

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The IPPC Theme for 2016: Plant Health and Food Security

Posted on Mon, 25 Apr 2016, 14:00

The Eleventh Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11) was successfully held from 4-8 April 2016, in FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy. The CPM 11 is the first meeting for the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) towards the next five years (2016-2020). The Theme for the CPM 11 is “Plant Health and Food Security”. At the opening session of CPM 11, Dr Rudy Rabbinge, emeritus university professor at Wageningen University & Research, delivered a keynote emphasising the crucial role of Plant Health in Food Security in the past and in the future.

Crop protection is a pivotal sector in agriculture. The ...

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Ash dieback disease in UK - hope for a resistant strain

Posted on Fri, 22 Apr 2016, 16:34

Scientists identify first tree to show strong tolerance to the disease raising hopes of developing a resistant strain: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/22/betty-the-ash-tree-offers-hope-against-deadly-dieback-disease-resistance

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Plant health in the 21st century: the use of drones and sniffer dogs

Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2016, 15:00

On 7 April 2016, the Eleventh Session of the Commission for Phytosanitary Measures held a side-session on Plant Health in the 21st Century: use of drones, apps, smart phones which attended by 100 delegates. The purpose of the side session was to present modern technologies already successfully used in plant health and discuss possible ways forward for their better deployment, in this case the use of drones and sniffer dogs.

Mr Brian McCornack, from Kansas State University's presented the project "Optimizing Surveillance Protocols Using Unmanned Aerial Systems" which is collaborative work between Kansas State University's Manhattan and Salina ...

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Reviewing the IPPC Financial Status: the IPPC Financial Committee (FC)

Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2016, 09:01

The Financial Committee (FC) of the CPM Bureau met on 1 April 2016 to discuss relevant financial issues of the IPPC Secretariat. Chaired by Mr. John Greifer (USA), the FC discussed CPM-11 documents on financial matters, resource mobilization and sustainable funding of the IPPC Secretariat. IPPC Secretary made the presentation on the current financial position of the IPPC Secretariat and FC noted the financial difficulties the Secretariat is facing. The FC supported the IPPC Secretariat in making the feasibility analysis on the voluntary assessed contributions (first stage) and potential mandatory assessed contributions (at a later stage). The FC also supported ...

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Pre-CPM 11 Training: Categorization of commodities according to their pest risk – ISPM 32

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 17:06

The IPPC Secretariat held a pre-CPM 11 training session on the Categorization of commodities according to their pest risk – International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 32 – on 3 April 2016 in Rome, Italy. The training was attended by 95 participants, including representatives from contracting parties, RPPOs and international organizations, who actively contributed to the exercises and discussions held. The training session was held in English, while discussion was facilitated in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

The Secretariat introduced ISPM 32 as a key standard for international trade facilitation. Despite the importance of this international standard for international trade, the ...

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One Step Closer to Enhancing Food Security and Facilitating Trade

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 15:44

To limit the international spread of pests and diseases that harm plants –from fruits, vegetables, grains to trees– it is essential to know which plants a pest will use to reproduce. These plants are called hosts, as they host or harbour pests that are transported when the plants are moved and traded, with the risk of the pests spreading. Ten years ago the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) community agreed that a standard was needed on how to determine whether a specific fruit may host damaging fruit flies. Ten years of dialogue, drafts and consultations were needed before the International ...

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FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa ​&​ the Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) Valenzano, Italy, 19-22 April 2016

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 18:31

The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa is a devastating pathogen that has more than 300 plant hosts belonging to crop, ornamental, forestry and natural vegetation species. Among them Citrus, grapes, almonds and olive are of main importance in the Near East and North Africa region.

Following the outbreaks of X. fastidiosa associated to the olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) in Apulia (Italy), the National Plant Protection Organizations of the North-African and Near East countries have strongly expressed their concern and the need to get further information and training on Xylella fastidosa and the quick decline syndrome of olive to be able to ...

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Nine Standards Adopted and Noted by Consensus at CPM-11

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 17:10

The Eleventh Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11), with the theme “Plant Health and Food Security”, was successfully held from 4-8 April 2016, in FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy. Nine Standards were adopted and noted by consensus at CPM-11, including: two International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures, two Phytosanitary Treatments, and five Diagnostic Protocols. This is one of the Commission’s biggest achievements, as the IPPC is the only international standard setting organization for plant protection. All these standards will soon be available in all FAO languages.

During CPM 11, the IPPC contracting parties also added 3 new topics to ...

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The 2016 winners of the IPPC photo contest “The Shocking Impacts of Pests”

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 16:48

The winner of the 2016 IPPC Photo Contest “The Shocking Impacts of Pests” is Tyler Fox, from the United States of America. The beautiful photo depicts slug-like sawfly larvae (Tenthredinidae: Caliroa pb. nyssae) feeding on black gum leaf (Nyssa sylvatica), a deciduous tree native to Eastern North-America. This sawfly is often gregarious and skeletonizes the bottoms of black gum leaves as it feeds, and defoliates trees. Many species of sawfly are major pests of forest plants, ornamental trees and shrubs.

The second winner of this year IPPC photo contest is Sabine Perrone, from Australia, with her stunning photo of locusts ...

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North African workshop on “the fight against the red palm weevil” ‘Rhynchophorus ferrugineus’ and the “Xylella fastidiosa” bacteria

Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 16:56

The Sub regional office of the FAO for North Africa supported the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) and the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO) in organizing a workshop for Maghreb in order to revitalize and strengthen the exchange and cooperation between the countries of the sub-region in the protection of plants against the menace of two main pests threatening the date palms production (the red palm weevil) and olive trees (the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium).

Given the urgency of the situation, FAO launched a Regional Technical Cooperation Program to assist countries in the Middle East and North Africa in facing the ...

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CPM Bureau Meets for pre- and post-CPM Discussions

Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 16:44

The Bureau of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) met from 29 through 31 March at FAO headquarters in Rome to prepare for the upcoming CPM-11 which took place from 4 – 8 April. During this meeting, the Bureau reviewed the CPM agenda topics and discussed how best to address any topics that may become contentious during the week. In addition, the Bureau had the opportunity to meet with Assistant Director General Ren Wang for a detailed discussion on highlights of the upcoming CPM, an update on key developments within FAO, as well as a good exchange on issues related to ...

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Cassava in south-east Asia under threat from witches' broom disease

Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 09:53

Climate change menacing yet another food crop by fuelling explosion in pests and diseases that are attacking cassava plants: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/apr/15/cassava-south-east-asia-under-threat-witches-broom-disease-climate-change

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Strategic Planning: the IPPC towards 2020

Posted on Thu, 14 Apr 2016, 09:41

The Eleventh Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11) was successfully held from 4-8 April 2016, in FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy. The CPM 11 was the first meeting for the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) towards the next five years (2016-2020). At the opening section of CPM 11, Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, made a presentation on the IPPC towards 2020.

The Secretary Xia recalled four developmental stages of the IPPC: the first stage (1881–1951); the second stage (1952 – 1979); the third stage (1980 – 1997); and the fourth stage (1998 – present). He highlighted five key achievements during ...

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