Over the next four years, researchers will be looking for answers for some of the most problematic bacterial diseases in onions. The USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative is providing $4 million for the Stop the Rot project, with an additional $4.2 million from onion growers, universities and seed companies.
As the global population soars to reach nine billion people, emerging challenges of feeding this population are becoming more real than ever in the world. Many countries in the world, Zambia included, now are under great stress to feed its people. Stories of people eating mangoes as the main meal in Lundazi are still fresh on our minds or bustle in Southern Province and many other areas.
Late winter is a very important time for orchardists because now is when you should apply dormant oil spray to your fruit trees. Dormant oil (also called all-seasons spray oil) smothers insect eggs on fruit trees before they hatch. You can apply it any time before buds start to open in spring; now is the ideal time.
The Vetphage Pharmaceutical is working on precision biology and handling the Judicial use of antibiotics for livestock industry which otherwise leads to Multi-Billion dollar losses from bacterial infections. Bhushan Bhavsar, MD of Vetphage Pharmaceuticals talks to Prabodh Krishna of BW Businessworld on the Issues leading to huge losses in poultry as well as aquaculture trade.
Balinese authorities have confirmed that the resort island has been plagued by African swine fever (ASF) following the deaths of nearly 1,000 pigs in the province over the past few months. Despite the outbreak, authorities claim they have successfully contained the spread of the disease, as there have been no more pigs dying in the last few days.
The detection of yellow rust disease in the wheat crop in sub-mountainous parts of Punjab and Haryana has raised anxiety among farmers about drop in the crop's yield even as respective agriculture departments are leaving nothing to chance to ensure the spread of the disease doesn't go beyond control.
Rice blast, a fungal disease, haunts farmers, who had raised the Andhra Ponni (BPT-5204 ) variety, in Tiruchi district. With samba paddy harvest getting under way, farmers in some parts of the district have reported a fall in yield due to the disease. While a section of farmers have claimed severe yield loss, sources in the Agriculture Department say that incidence of the disease was confined only to some places where there could have been yield losses ranging from 20% to 50%.
Last year’s growing conditions created a perfect breeding ground for some dangerous mycotoxins, including DON. Variable weather conditions across the Prairies could cause problems with mycotoxins in feed this winter. “The No. 1 most influencing factor in mycotoxins is weather,” said Max Hawkins of Alltech’s mycotoxin management team.
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