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US releases millions of wasps to fight emerald ash borer

Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016, 12:24

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 …

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

Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016, 09:47

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 …

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Successful Completion of the STDF Project 350 by the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Tue, 24 May 2016, 12:58

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 …

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

Posted on Sun, 22 May 2016, 13:13

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, 14:55

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 …

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Gridlock over Italy's olive tree deaths starts to ease

Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016, 14:14

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, 09:34

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 …

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Laurel Wilt of Avocado

Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016, 08:36

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, 06:30

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 …

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The IPPC Seminar: Plant Health Standards and Food Security

Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016, 08:41

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 …

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

Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016, 09:20

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 …

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

Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016, 06:47

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 …

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

Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016, 16:04

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 …

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

Posted on Wed, 04 May 2016, 11:25

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 …

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