With more than 62,000 hectares dedicated to cultivation, asparagus is one of the outdoor horticultural species with the largest cultivated area in the EU. Alas, the crop is threatened by the “decay syndrome”, which constitutes one of the main phytosanitary problems of this crop worldwide and which can even lead to the death of the affected plants.
Downy mildew is a major threat in lettuce. The fungus can damage the lettuce leaves in both protected and open-field crops, resulting in a loss of yield. Last year the European Commission of the International Bremia Evaluation Board (IBEB-EU) identified a widely occurring new variant of downy mildew in lettuce. As of 1 June 2021, it has officially been named Bl:37EU.
Agrovegetal has developed a variety of proteinaceous peas that are resistant to powdery mildew and won't require fungicidal treatments. The company is dedicated to obtaining and developing new varieties of certified seeds of extensive crops and will soon register this important novelty in the legume segment that will help improve crop rotation in Andalusia.
According to horticultural experts, Scotland’s cherry trees are under threat from disease and a phenomenon called June Drop capable of devastating crops. While cherries are becoming more common among growers as locally-grown fruit is in high demand, the trees are prone to June Drop – an ailment that causes canker, a fungal disease – and can spontaneously lose up to 80% of their fruit if affected.
As the country deals with a perceivably engineered shortage of sugar that necessitated the commodity's import, the sugarcane crop in Sindh has begun to confront a portentous disease. Prompted by the Sindh Abadgar Board, a farmers' lobbying group, the Sindh agriculture extension technical director gave a wakeup call on Tuesday to the agriculture research and agriculture extensions wings.
The fungus Pseudocercospora fijiensis causes black leaf streak disease or Black Sigatoka of banana, which is the most damaging leaf disease of bananas worldwide. An analysis of 592 P. fijensis isolates from seven banana-producing countries on three continents shows how P. fijensis is evolving to insensitivity to azole fungicides due to the heavy use of pesticides.
China’s hog sector is in its third wave of African swine fever primarily due to a mutated strain of the virus, says an international swine management consultant. Todd Thurman, who owns SwineTex Consulting Services and typically spends about half his year in China, said the mutated virus is less deadly but harder to identify.
Australia is a major citrus producer with lemons, oranges and mandarins grown in every mainland state. There is approximately 26,000 hectares of citrus production in Australia. Now, researchers that have identified an Australian strain of fungus that causes citrus rot are calling for effective controls to protect the nation’s citrus industry.
The Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense Tropical Race 4 fungus, a disease for which there is no cure yet and that has already affected some twenty countries, including Colombia, poses a threat to the entire banana and plantain industry. The disease was detected in Colombia in 2019 and it's currently contained in 10 farms in the department of La Guajira.
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