Salmonella is one of the microorganisms responsible for food poisoning in summer, since it can be ingested through some foods, such as leafy vegetables, if they are not washed properly. However, a University of Delaware research carried out by plant biologist Harsh Bais and colleagues has shown that thorough washing of food may not eliminate the presence of Salmonella in vegetables.
It is being described as the biggest animal disease outbreak the world has ever seen. African swine fever (ASF) has spread widely across Asia since it was first discovered in August 2018. Official figures from China show the national pig herd had declined by 32% year-on-year by July 20191, with an estimated 100 million pigs lost by the end of 2019.
UC Riverside scientists have found the first substance capable of controlling Citrus Greening Disease, which has devastated citrus farms in Florida and also threatens California. The new treatment effectively kills the bacterium causing the disease with a naturally occurring molecule found in wild citrus relatives.
Abdullah Ismail al-Abdullah, a farmer, displaced from the western countryside of Aleppo to the village of Killi in northern Idlib, told Enab Baladi that no organization has awarded compensation for the losses faced by many farmers including him due to floods and unseasonal rains in north-western Syria.
At least 60,000 hectares of banana plantations in Ntungamo District have been attacked by a deadly disease. Fruit peel disease, which affects banana fruit, changing its colour from green to brown, was first reported in Rweikiniro Sub-county in January. However, it has since spread to sub-counties of Ntungamo, Nyakyera, Rwentobo and Rukoni East, and three divisions of Ntungamo Municipality.
Texas scientists surveyed commercial and residential citrus trees from 2007 to 2017, closely monitoring the proportion of citrus trees and the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). The results were published by the American Phytopathological Society; study co-author Dr. Olufemi Alabi is an expert in Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University.
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