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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa ?&? the Olive Quick Decline Syndrome OQDS) Valenzano Italy

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - Locust Management Specialists

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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