A team of researchers at the University of Toronto has successfully tested a new strategy for identifying genetic resources critical for the ongoing battle against plant pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that infect and destroy food crops worldwide. "As much as 40 percent of global crop yield annually is lost to pests and pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and other disease-causing microorganisms."
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.
South Korea’s African swine fever crisis intensified Tuesday with lab tests confirming the fourth case in a week from a farm near its border with North Korea. The discovery of still more cases has raised fears officials are fighting a losing battle to halt the spread of the disease that wiped out pig populations across Asia.
South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Gyeonggi provincial government said officials are testing samples of three dead pigs from two farms in Paju, a city where the country’s first case of the disease was confirmed Monday. Test results were expected to come out Friday night.
The Agriculture Ministry has announced a plan to distribute piglets to farmers in areas that were hit by African Swine Fever after the virus has been completely eliminated. According to a Agriculture Ministry report, until the end of July, more than 4,400 pigs have died or been culled due to the disease.
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