Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Rural banner_background-data

Posted Mon at 10:02pm

A potentially devastating plant virus able to infect a number of horticultural crops has been detected for the first time in Western Australia.

The Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus has been found in a continental cucumber crop near Geraldton, about 400 kilometres north of Perth.

In 2014 the virus was first found in Australia in watermelon crops near Katherine in the Northern Territory. Crops were destroyed and the region was placed under quarantine restrictions for nearly two years.

Geraldton is a significant production region for Australia’s continental cucumber crop.

CGMMV affects a range of cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and can cause substantial crop losses.

Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia Chief plant biosecurity officer John van Schagen said DAFWA would investigate the disease source, however the obvious pathway was from infected seed.

“One of our staff is going up to Geraldton. It’s definitely on the one property, possibly a second one and maybe even more, we don’t know at this stage,” he said.

“We diagnosed it from cucumber leaf samples that were submitted by an agronomist.

“Diagnosis was completed late the week before last.

“We notified Vegetables WA and we also notified people up in Kununurra.

Mr van Schagen said it was yet to be seen how the Geraldton cucumber crop would be effected by the virus.

“It’s got potential to be fairly serious,” he said.

“We haven’t quarantined the property because last year a scientific expert panel looked at what is the risk of spreading this disease through movement of produce, they deemed that was a very low risk, so I think this disease can best be managed by good on farm biosecurity practices.

“Measures include not permitting vehicles, equipment and machinery to move between farms without being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

“This also applies to farm workers, by making sure they wear clean clothing when they leave or move between properties.”

Local cucumber growers told ABC Rural they were worried about the virus and were paying close attention to farm hygiene, such as foot baths and hand sanitising.

“There is a national management plan being developed for this disease, that was started after the cases in the Northern Territory, so that’s currently sitting with some national industry bodies for finalising, but we hope to push that through fairly quickly, and that’s got all the information on how best to manage this disease for growers,” Mr van Schagen said.

“We are also doing some research ourselves in management of this disease as well.

“My understanding is once you’ve got it, it’s very difficult to treat. Basically if it’s in the crop you can’t really get it out of the crop. It’s through good on farm biosecurity and also crop rotation, you may be able to minimise the impact of the disease.

“I think that’s what they do in the Northern Territory, they have a two year period where they don’t plant any host plants on the property. Thereby they try to eliminate it from the soil.”

Mr van Schagen said the department would meet with growers to discuss possible crop rotations and gain feedback from growers on the impact the virus had caused in their cucumber crops.

DAFWA will host an information meeting at the Geraldton office on Wednesday, July 27 at 4.30pm.

Read Full Post »

Global Plant Protection News Followers:

Please note the wealth of CABI Plant Protection content available on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank: http://www.plantwise.org/KnowledgeBank/Home.aspx

Subjects: Pest identification/ Pest distribution/Fact sheets/Pest alerts/Plant Health News/Plantwise Blog

E.A. Heinrichs /IAPPS Secretary General

 

Plantwise_Logo

 

 

Plant clinics

Plantwise provides training to local people so they can set up plant clinics in their region. These clinics operate on a regular basis, in easy-to-access places, and allow farmers to bring in samples of their crop problems for diagnosis and advice.The Plantwise Diagnostic Field Guide has been developed to support this.

Read Full Post »

 

AsEAN Guidelines

http://www.asean-agrifood.org/what-we-do/regulation-and-application-of-bca/
This eight-minute video tries to set the stage for approach of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood System (SAS) towards the healthy production of crops. The Video deals with the mythical view of synthetic pesticide on our daily food crops and discusses potential alternatives such as the use of biological pest management. This video also provides some opinions of crop producers, consumer and members of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood System (SAS) project to complete the picture.

 

Read Full Post »

Logo for IPM CRSP

Annual Report 2013
Posted on May 27, 2014 by Kelly Izlar
The IPM Innovation Labs’s FY 2013 (October 1, 2012–September 30, 2013) annual report is now available. Click below to download the document.

http://www.oired.vt.edu/ipmcrsp/publications/annual-reports/annual-report-2013/

For users with lower bandwidth and/or with interest in only certain specific topic areas, we will split individual chapters and major sections out of the Annual Report for you to view individually. Check back in the coming weeks for a list of individual chapters and sections for download. For more information contact: rmuni@vt.edu

Table of Contents

Management Entity Message
Highlights and Achievements in 2012–2013

Regional Programs
Latin America and the Caribbean
East Africa
West Africa
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Central Asia

Global Programs
Parthenium
International Plant Diagnostic Network (IPDN)
International Plant Virus Disease Network (IPVDN)
Impact Assessment
Gender Equity, Knowledge, and Capacity Building

Associate & Buy-In Awards
Indonesia
Nepal
Bangladesh

Training and Publications
Short- and Long-Term Training
Publications

Appendices: Collaborating Institutions and Acronyms

Read Full Post »

Image

May 7, 2014, 10 a.m.

A WEBSITE could be the weapon of choice for farmers in the war against pest insects.

This website is called IPM Guidelines for Grains, which offers detailed information and advice for best management of destructive insect pests within Australia’s major grain crops.

It includes specific recommendations for each stage of crop development.

Developed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Entomology team, in conjunction with collaborators in all grain growing regions of Australia, the site equips growers and advisors with the latest advice to minimise production loss.

Also designed to help implement effective, long-term pest management practices on a whole-of-farm basis, DAFF Senior Extension officer, Entomology Kate Charleston said the IPM Guidelines took a problem-solving approach as opposed to being a rigid set of management guidelines.

They draw on all available pest management tools to tailor recommendations according to crop type, growth stage and location.

“This website provides easy-to-find information that you are unlikely to find on any other pest management website,” Ms Charleston said.

“Essentially what we have done is collected all the known information about integrated pest management in grains, including some novel practices, and applied this to specific pests and crops.

“Pest pages focus on management tactics for each crop stage including ‘off season’ operations and planning, while in the crop pages we have provided risk tables to address questions such as ‘when is the crop most at risk from pests’; ‘is there something I can do to minimise pest pressure’; or ‘can certain environmental conditions make the crop more susceptible to certain pests’?”

In addition to targeted IPM recommendations, the website contains an extensive collection of supporting material that is available both on the site and via external links, as well as a series of images to help users identify individual pest species.

The website is funded by the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI), which is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), and brings together scientists from state government departments, universities, farmer groups and CSIRO to address pest management issues in the Australian grains industry

Read Full Post »

Image

Praise for new website on African crop pest
03 April 2014 Lancaster University

The UK’s Global Food Security Champion says a Lancaster University website about the African armyworm will help to combat the pest.

Armyworm Network provides important information for farmers in Africa plagued by this devastating pest.

Professor Tim Benton said: “The new website will be a valuable resource for all farmers, governments and others whose lives have been impacted by this major pest of cereal crops in Africa. The forecasts the site provides will be particularly useful for farmers and governments to plan armyworm control activities”.

Armyworms are the caterpillar stage of a moth that migrates throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It is a serious pest of all the main cereal crops, including maize (sweetcorn), rice, millet, sorghum and wheat, as well as pasture grasses, threatening food security in the region.

A cattle farmer from South Africa, who has had armyworms on his pastures for the second year running, said: “I went out early this morning and found hundreds of them on our fields. Last year they destroyed all of our winter grazing (150 hectares), despite our best efforts to control them.

“The website of your university, thousands of kilometres away, was the only comprehensive site I could find with useful information.”

Visitors to the new website can email directly experts in African armyworm biology and control, including Professor Ken Wilson from the Lancaster Environment Centre, who developed the website.

He said, “It is fantastic to be able to launch the new website. The previous site was extremely popular, especially with farmers in Africa and with international agencies wanting to know more about this important crop pest. The new website contains so much more information and is also much easier to navigate”.

The new Armyworm Network provides information and forecasts for large- and small-scale farmers in Africa, as well as for governments, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations, journalists and other stakeholders. It replaces and improves upon its predecessor, which received more than 10,000 visitors from 30 countries during the five years it was operational.

It provides visitors with more information about the biology of this major crop pest, how it can be controlled, current research developing a new biological pesticide against it , press reports of armyworm outbreaks, publications, a live Twitter feed, and regular forecasts issued by international pest monitoring organizations.

http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/blog/index.php/author/ken-wilson/

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/armyworm/

Read Full Post »

Joint venture of ADAMA Agricultural Solutions, Israeli Ministry of Education, Beer Sheva Municipality and Rashi Foundation
BY PR NEWSWIRE
MARCH 31, 2014 09:00 AM EDT

AIRPORT CITY, Israel, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Feeding the world in an age of diminishing resources is the focus of a unique exhibition sponsored by ADAMA Agricultural Solutions that opened last week at Carasso Science Park in Beer Sheva, Israel.
“We are delighted to assume a role in supporting the education about one of the most complex global problems of the 21st century, since our core focus combines science, technology and agriculture to create simplicity for farmers and farming,” said Rony Patishi-Chillim, SVP Business Development and Corporate communication. “Our involvement in this exhibition builds on our rich heritage in the Negev and Southern Israel, where our manufacturing plants are located and much of the innovative agriculture in Israel has been developed. The exhibition highlights our emphasis on promoting scientific education and broader understanding of the farming profession.”
Interactive exhibits allow visitors to experience the challenges that face today’s farmers as the demand for food increases while available land for planting decreases. Visitors can learn about the technological complexity of modern day agriculture, and of the global threats to plants and crops: demography, climate conditions, the shortage of water and land, soil degradation, and pests.
Scientific and technological solutions to these challenges are also explored in the exhibits, such as crop protection and treatment solutions that increase yield while simplifying the life of farmers. Innovative ways of meeting the challenges are shown, along with the global problems that can arise from the use of these technologies.
“The Park offers an introduction to the science and technology that surround us in our daily lives, through modern tools and language,” said Meir Bakshi, CEO at Carasso Science Park. “The new crop protection exhibition is an excellent example of Israeli-developed technological solutions to real-world problems. The park combines interactive education and hands-on experience through which visitors learn about the scientific solutions of an Israeli-global company facing the challenge of food.”
The crop protection exhibition is one of 10 indoor and outdoor science and technology exhibitions currently on display in the 180 thousand square foot science park. Subjects covered include light and vision, energy, communications, molecular biology, and genetics.
About ADAMA Agricultural Solutions
ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd., formerly known as Makhteshim Agan Industries, is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of crop-protection solutions, and the leading off-patent provider. The Company supplies efficient solutions to farmers across the full farming value-chain, including crop-protection, novel agricultural technologies, and complementary non-crop businesses. In 2013, the Company’s revenues were over $3 billion, and it is ranked seventh in the world in the overall agro-chemicals industry. The Company is characterized by its innovation, farmer-centric approach to product development, and strict standards of environmental protection and quality control. For more information, visit us at http://www.ma-industries.com.
Contact
Anna Wood
Email: IR@ma-industries.com
Phone: +972-73-232-1131

SOURCE ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd
Published March 31, 2014
Copyright © 2014 SYS-CON Media, Inc. — All Rights Reserved.
Syndicated stories and blog feeds, all rights reserved by the author.

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »