According to the Unió de Llauradors, between January and September of this year, the ports of the European Union have intercepted a total of 124 shipments coming from third countries with citrus fruits infested with pests and diseases. This is 17% higher than the 106 interceptions there were in all of 2018.
For those growers who are lucky enough to get some wheat drilling done, there is a greater risk of crop damage with poorer quality seed-beds, warn agronomists. A combination of inconsistent seed depth and rain washing active into the soil is putting emerging plants at greater risk from the residual herbicide stacks.
African swine fever could leave a quarter of the world's pigs dead, according to world animal health experts. World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) president Mark Schipp told media in Sydney on Thursday it's the "biggest threat to any commercial livestock of our generation", and will see pork prices spike worldwide.
Officials with New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are encouraging farmers in the center of the state to vaccinate their livestock following confirmation of the second case of anthrax for 2019. Drought conditions have created a favorable environment for anthrax infections and the most recent case occurred further west than would normally be expected.
A new field test developed by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) for detecting Tropical Race 4 (TR4) – the Fusarium strain that causes the much-feared Panama disease in bananas – has tested positive in Colombia. The so-called LAMP test (from Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification assay) helped swiftly determine the presence of TR4 in the South American country.
An international research team has confirmed the presence of Tropical Race 4 (TR4, Fusarium odoratissimum, previously known as Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense) in Cavendish banana plants in Colombia. TR4 is the cause of Fusarium wilt, also known as Panama disease in many banana varieties. The findings are published in an open-source article in the journal Plant Disease.
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