A research programme to tackle invasive species that kill plants and sicken animals is getting under way at the United Kingdom’s Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI). The programme, worth US$50 million, aims to find scientific solution that help farmers to either defeat or adapt to the presence of invasive species. The goal is to tackle the devastating economic impact of such species, estimated to be around $183 billion in lost crops and revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia every year.
Understanding and managing the biological invasion threats posed by aquatic plants under current and future climates is a growing challenge for biosecurity and land management agencies worldwide. Eichhornia crassipes is one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds. Presently, it threatens aquatic ecosystems, and hinders the management and delivery of freshwater services in both developed and developing parts of the world.
Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests. The spread of non-native species threatens livelihoods and biodiversity, but the issue is worsened by global trade, travel and climate change. They show that one-sixth of the world's land surface is vulnerable to invasion. In what the authors say is the first evaluation of its kind, the paper assesses individual nations' abilities to manage existing invasive species and respond to new ones.
The Ministry for Primary Industries will be holding six hui and public meetings around the country during August and September, to give New Zealanders the opportunity to contribute to a national conversation about managing biosecurity risks to New Zealand.
At the meetings New Zealanders will be asked their views about how all New Zealanders can work together to keep New Zealand free from pests and diseases, because our lifestyles, our livelihoods, our environment, and the growth of our nation depend on it.
The meetings follow the launch of the Biosecurity 2025 discussion document by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan ...
Plant Health Australia coordinated a National Xylella Preparedness Workshop held in Melbourne on 1 June 2016, funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Invasive species, or non-native species that spread aggressively, can wreak havoc on ecosystem and economies all over the world. These species arrive as stowaways on boats, planes, pets, and in wooden crates.
Like elm trees across the globe, the elms in Central Park are stricken with a ruthless beetle–fungus alliance known as Dutch elm disease. In the early 1980s, the park was losing more than 100 elms—American and other species—each year. Today, thanks to diligent monitoring and eradication by the Central Park Conservancy, the death rate is much lower—sometimes in the single digits—although bad years can still claim as many as 35 trees. The fight goes on .....
The first global report provides up-to-date information on the diversity of plants and threats to plants including a potential threat to food security. You can read more about it here: http://www.kew.org/discover/news/state-worlds-plants-report-released-kew
State of the World's Plants website: https://stateoftheworldsplants.com/
Argentina will be the host to the 9th Meeting of the Tephritid Workers of the Western Hemisphere (TWWH), to be held from 16 to 21 October at the Auditorio Buenos Aires, in Recoleta, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA). The group meets every four years and brings together between 250 and 300 people from the scientific and academic fields, public officers, and supplier industries of inputs and services.
Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be "devastated" by a species of moth arriving from continental Europe. BBC News understands that tens of millions of diamondback moths are thought to have come to the UK in the past week. Researchers describe the species as a "super pest" because it is thought to be resistant to several insecticides. An alert has been issued by researchers at the Rothamsted Research in Harpenden in Hertfordshire.
An acoustic trap developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists may offer an environmentally friendly way to control Asian citrus psyllids. These pests transmit Huanglongbing, a devastating citrus disease also known as “citrus greening.” Infected citrus trees cannot be cured and often die within several years. Until such time, they may bear green, misshapen fruit with acidic-tasting juice, making the fruit unmarketable. Concern over the cost and long-term environmental impact of using insecticides to control psyllid populations in citrus-growing states like Florida has prompted an intensive search for alternative measures, notes Richard Mankin, an entomologist with USDA’s ...
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 ...
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.
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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