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Phytoma interview with Mr Jingyuan Xia on climate change and plant health

Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 13:58

The IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, has been invited by Phytoma to discuss plant health issues and IPPC-related activities.

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Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 08:36

Red fire ants could wreak more damage in Australia than feral rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts have warned in a new report. Originally from South America, the red imported fire ant is feared for its burning and potentially lethal sting.

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Management of pine beetle not working

Posted on Mon, 05 Dec 2016, 11:49

A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles—pheromone baiting—may actually help the pest’s population increase, new research shows.

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Fruit Flies: conclusions of the meeting of the Tephritid workers held in Buenos Aires

Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016, 11:53

With great success and large attendance of participants, the 9th Meeting of the Tephritid Workers of the Western Hemisphere was held in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 16 to 21 October 2016.

313 participants from 26 countries attended the Meeting, including representatives of the scientific-academic sphere, public bodies and companies supplying inputs and services.

The meeting was structured in 11 sessions, with 63 oral presentations and 97 posters, ranging from biology and the impact of global change to action programs, including the development and use of support technologies for surveillance and control of pest populations.

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Citrus greening: imaging system can detect infection before symptoms show

Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016, 15:02

A time-lapse polarized imaging system may help citrus growers detect greening before the plant's leaves show symptoms, which should help growers as they try to fend off the deadly disease, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows.

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Australia: TR4-infested farm settlement to proceed

Posted on Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 08:35

The settlement of the Queensland farm that tested positive for Panama Disease Tropical race 4 (TR4) will now proceed, following the confirmation that a suspect plant from a nearby property does not contain the disease. The planned buyout of the TR4 farm, owned by the Robson family, was temporarily suspended late last month after the suspect plant was reported to Biosecurity Queensland (BQ).

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Alien fungus blights Hawaii's native trees

Posted on Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 08:20

An ecological disaster is unfolding on Hawaii's largest island. Rapid 'Ôhi'a Death, caused by an imported fungus, is causing Hawaii's iconic native 'ôhi'a tree to perish in droves. Some 20,000 hectares are now affected, according to a recent survey. Abundant across the archipelago, 'ôhi'a are the only native tree in Hawaii that colonizes lava flows, and they provide habitat for several rare species of native birds and insects. The outbreak exploded in 2014, in dense 'ôhi'a groves in Hilo Forest Reserve on Big Island, and has worsened ever since. Characterizing the fungus, Ceratocystis ...

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Emerald Ash Borer May Become a Problem for Olive Growers

Posted on Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 08:08

Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle can feed and successfully develop into adulthood on stems of the Manzanilla olive tree, a Spanish variety that yields green table olives and is grown widely around the world.

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How a USDA worker became an action-adventure comic character

Posted on Mon, 10 Oct 2016, 10:23

Just how does a humble federal worker in Washington end up as a rugged explorer in a widely syndicated comic strip? Well, from a simple call about a forest fire, the creative sparks flew. James Allen is the newest cartoonist behind “Mark Trail,” the King Features adventure-soap strip whose title character has been battling wilderness scofflaws for seven decades. And last year, as research for a new comic narrative, he needed some official information.

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International Conference on Biodiversity, Climate Change Assessment and Impacts on Livelihood

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 16:22

An International Conference on Biodiversity, Climate Change Assessment and Impact on Livelihood is going to be organized in Kathmandu on 10-12 January, 2017. Please check for more detail. During this Conference, two special symposiums have been scheduled on 1) Biological Invasion, and 2) Tutu absoluta. The conference brochure, and the flyers of special symposiums have been attached with this email. As a member of organizing committee.

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Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017 - do you want to know more?

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 08:40

Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017 will be hosted by Fera at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ, UK

Aimed at researchers, innovators, technologists and policy makers, Plant Biosecurity 2017 provides attendees with a forum for knowledge sharing and networking on the topic of biosecurity. The conference is the culmination of a three year project and is organised against the backdrop of the Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain, as released in 2014, and revisions to the EU Plant Health Regime.

The four main themes of the conference reflect ways in which biosecurity innovations can be imagined ...

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Invasion curve animation - Biosecurity Council of WA

Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016, 10:19

This Invasion curve animation will be useful to some for both teaching and awareness raising.

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Global threats from invasive alien species in the twenty-first century and national response capacities

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 11:26

Invasive alien species (IAS) threaten human livelihoods and biodiversity globally. Increasing globalization facilitates IAS arrival, and environmental changes, including climate change, facilitate IAS establishment. Here we provide the first global, spatial analysis of the terrestrial threat from IAS in light of twenty-first century globalization and environmental change, and evaluate national capacities to prevent and manage species invasions. We find that one-sixth of the global land surface is highly vulnerable to invasion, including substantial areas in developing economies and biodiversity hotspots. The dominant invasion vectors differ between high-income countries (imports, particularly of plants and pets) and low-income countries (air travel). Uniting ...

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Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 11:10

To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance. The emergence of Tuta absoluta on the African agricultural landscape has rekindled pertinent questions regarding Africa’s capability to protect local agriculture and enhance international trade. The importance of being battle-ready on a grand scale rather than leaving those who are struggling to make daily lives take up arms against a pest they barely know about, is therefore not difficult to see. Thus, strengthening our national or preferably regional approach to plant protection could be key.

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Tags: Tuta absolutasurveillanceIPPCWTOSPS Agreementfood securitytradeprotect agricluturegovernment
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