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US releases millions of wasps to fight emerald ash borer

Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016, 14:24

Parasite from China attacks eggs and larvae of Asian insect pest (emerald ash borer) that has wiped out tens of millions of trees in north America. Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states of the US to try and peg back the tree-killing insect’s advances. The US Department of Agriculture has researched and approved for release four species of parasitic wasps that naturally target the larval and egg stages of the ash borer, which has killed an estimated 38m ash trees in urban and ...

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Tuta absoluta has ravaged 80% of tomato farms in a Nigerian state.

Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016, 11:47

A state of emergency has been declared in the tomato sector in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, local media report. Tuta absoluta has ravaged 80% of tomato farms, Commissioner of Agriculture Daniel Manzo Maigar said. Read more and watch a video about this.

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Successful Completion of the STDF Project 350 by the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Tue, 24 May 2016, 14:58

On conclusion of the STDF Project 350 “Global Phytosanitary Manuals, Standard Operating Procedures and Training Kits” by the IPPC Secretariat, over 300 new phytosanitary technical resources have been posted, and more than 20 technical resources have been developed, including phytosanitary manuals, e-learning tools, training kits, advocacy materials, factsheets and photographic resources.

The primary objective of this project was to enhance the global phytosanitary capacity to protect plant resources from pests of plants through the strengthening contracting parties’ ability to implement the IPPC and its ISPMs. By providing contracting parties with a concrete set of internationally accepted technical resources, the project ...

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Australia’s worst invasive plant species available for import on Amazon and eBay

Posted on Sun, 22 May 2016, 15:13

Amazon and eBay have been exposed as weak points in Australia’s quarantine system, with the internet trading sites hosting dozens of offers to import the nation’s most dangerous weeds.

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New Sunflower Pest Reference Serves as Key Guide for Researchers, Professionals

Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016, 16:55

A new book titled, Compendium of Sunflower Diseases and Pests, is the latest tool to protect the yield and quality of this globally significant crop. It includes nearly 300 images and research-based management recommendations to help academics and professionals identify and manage a range of plant diseases and insect pests.

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Gridlock over Italy’s olive tree deaths starts to ease

Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016, 16:14

A court ruling paves the way for disease-containment measures, but the risk of spread to other regions and nations remains. This article can be found in Nature and is written by Alison Abbott.

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The world health body you’ve never heard of – but should have

Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016, 11:34

This is a synopsis of a full article on that can be seen at and is written by Eric Boa.

In a world where physical goods and living things are moved around with increasing frequency to more places, the opportunities for diseases and pests to spread are multiplying all the time. The consequences of new incursions can be catastrophic, hence the need for a trio of organizations that oversee health matters at a global level. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the best known of the triumvirate, most recently for the wrong reasons ...

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Laurel Wilt of Avocado

Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016, 10:36

With 12 000 commercial avocado trees already destroyed by the laurel wilt pathogen, they represent about 1.5 per cent of trees grown for farming in Florida. Avocados are [also] popular in residential landscapes. See more.

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Standards Committee: progressing the development of standards

Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016, 08:30

The 28th IPPC Standards Committee (SC) convened from 9 to 13 May at FAO-HQ in Rome. The meeting was chaired by Mr Jan Bart Rossel (Australia) and attended by 20 out of 25 SC members and 4 observers. Key discussions included: the review and approval of ISPMs for country consultation, considering the reorganization of the suite of fruit fly standards, oversight of the work of the Technical Panels, and discussions on how to enhance the interactions between standard setting and implementation facilitation units.

Four draft ISPMs were approved for consultation: the draft standards on surveillance, temperature treatments requirements, the amendments ...

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The IPPC Seminar: Plant Health Standards and Food Security

Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016, 10:41

The 4th IPPC seminar on Plant Health Standards and Food Security, was held at FAO-HQ (Sheikh Zayed Centre) on 13 May 2016, which focused on how standards for plant health directly enhances food security globally. Over 100 participants attended the Seminar, including the permanent representatives of three Rome-based UN agencies, members and observers of the IPPC Standard Committee, as well as the IPPC and FAO staff.

Mr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary to the IPPC, chaired the Seminar, pointing out how the IPPC is the only international organization for plant health standards in the world and, as such, is a key instrument ...

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United States must step-up forest pest prevention, new study says

Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016, 11:20

Imported forest pests cause billions of dollars in damages each year, and U.S. property owners and municipalities foot most of the bill. Efforts to prevent new pests are not keeping pace with escalating trade and must be strengthened if we are to slow the loss of the nation's trees. See more.

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Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species (Guardian News)

Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016, 08:47

Amazon and eBay appear to have openly broken the law by hosting listings to ship banned invasive species to the UK, the Guardian can reveal.

Both eBay and Amazon have previously been criticised for hosting ivory traders, but the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) rates invasive species as a more significant threat to biodiversity than poaching for animal parts. In February, the CBD said there was an “urgent need” to control the vast, unregulated network of online traders who buy and sell these pests across the globe.

In the UK, the government has banned seven species of aquatic weed ...

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Threats from Invasive Species: A driver for the extinction of plants

Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016, 18:04

A fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom. The survey by Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of plant species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants.

The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to be the biggest extinction threat. Logging, the gathering of plants, construction work, climate change and severe ...

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The FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa successfully held in Bari, Italy

Posted on Wed, 04 May 2016, 13:25

The FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa & the Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) was successfully held from 19-22 April 2016, in Bari, Italy. The Workshop was organized by FAO, IPPC and CIHEAM (the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies), with support of the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO) and the European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). This is the first international workshop on Xylella fastidiosa since such destructive phytosanitary pest was reported on the olive trees in 2013, in Puglia, Italy. Over 140 participants attended the Workshop, who is from 36 countries as well as eight international and regional ...

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