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Olives under attack in Italy

Posted on Fri, 09 Jan 2015, 15:24

The Guardian recently drew attention to a new threat to the olive trees of Italy, and by extension the rest of Europe, already suffering in 2014 from extensive attacks by olive fruit flies (Bactrocera oleae). Leaf Scorch, caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, has infected thousands of hectares of olive groves in the southern Italian province of Apulia.

An expert panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) warned this week that “establishment and spread in the EU is very likely,” and that there could be yield losses and other damage. Control would be costly. The disease blocks the vessels ...

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Protecting the World'™s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture from pests

Posted on Thu, 22 Nov 2012, 17:31


The Second Report on the State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture – SoWPGR-2 – provides a comprehensive overview of recent trends in PGRFA conservation and use around the world. It is based on information gathered from more than 100 countries, as well as from regional and international research and support organizations and academic programmes.

The report documents the current status of plant genetic resources diversity, conservation and use, as well as the extent and role of national, regional and international efforts that underpin the contributions of PGRFA to food security. It highlights the most ...

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