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Genetic make-up of destructive crop pest unravelled
Genetic make-up of destructive crop pest unravelledArticle

Researchers have decoded the genetic make-up of whitefly species that spread plant diseases and damage crops, raising hopes for tackling the devastating pest...

Stephanie Achieng' 26 Mar 2021

A common soil pesticide cut wild bee reproduction by 89% - here's why scientists are worried
A common soil pesticide cut wild bee reproduction by 89% - here's why scientists are worriedArticle

EU-banned pesticides could not only threaten wild bees where they eat, but where they sleep too...

Philip Donkersley 3 Mar 2021

The future of AI in agriculture
The future of AI in agricultureArticle

Thinking of a future with no farmers in the farms?

29 May 2019

Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food supplies
Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food suppliesArticle

As the backbone of developing economies, agriculture not only serves to feed a nation but creates employment and, often, contributes significantly to the GDP...

9 Apr 2019

Global actions needed to combat fall armyworm
Global actions needed to combat fall armywormArticle

Fighting fall armyworm requires global efforts as the pest could spread to more countries, warn scientists...

Gilbert Nakweya 2 Oct 2018

Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides
Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticidesArticle

Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating in what is likely to be one of the largest deployments of insecticides in United States history.

John F. Tooker 28 Jun 2018

FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in Africa
FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in AfricaArticle

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation and Pennsylvania State University have developed and launched, Nuru - an app that uses technologies involving machine learning and artificial intelligence to curb the spread of the Fall Armyworm - a crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa...

25 Jun 2018

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The secret agents protecting our crops and gardensArticle

Predatory insects and spiders control pests with none of the health and environmental risks of chemicals. So when we kill these species with insecticides, we are shooting ourselves in the foot...

Lizzy Lowe & Manu Saunders 15 May 2018

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Exploring the best tactics to combat Fall armyworm outbreaks in AfricaArticle

Various tactics - both old and new - are being tested to try and control the Fall armyworm in Africa. These include the use of inter-cropping technology, natural enemies, early warning systems and use of biopesticides...

Saliou Niassy, Sevgan Subramanian 10 May 2018

The cotton bollworm is hybridizing with the corn earworm in ways that could result in a damaging mega-pest (Credit: CSIRO)
Two major crop scourges are hybridising to produce a new mega-pestArticle

Australian scientists have found evidence that two of the world's most damaging pests have hybridised to create a dangerous mega-pest with pesticide-resistant genes and warn that its spread throughout the global agricultural community could be devastating...

Rich Haridy 10 Apr 2018

Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methods
Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methodsArticle

Agriculture needs a way to manage harmful insects without destroying the ecological balance of the environment...

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 22 Mar 2018

Disasters cost farmers in developing countries billions of dollars
Disasters cost farmers in developing countries billions of dollarsArticle

Between 2005 and 2015, natural disasters cost agricultural sectors of developing countries $96bn in damage or lost crop and livestock production, according to FAO's new report...

16 Mar 2018

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Fighting Fall armyworm? There's an app for thatArticle

FAO has launched the Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System mobile app, which provides valuable insights on its behaviour in Africa and guide best response...

15 Mar 2018

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Fighting FAW: Guide to help Africa tackle Fall armyworm head-onArticle

FAO has launched a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of Fall armyworm (FAW) on maize to help farmers, particularly smallholder farmers, in Africa faced with the relentless spread of the pest...

19 Feb 2018

Fall armyworm may spread throughout SA
Fall armyworm may spread throughout SAArticle

Experts expect the Fall armyworm to spread across South Africa, with the possible exception of the Western Cape. FAW infestations have been detected throughout Limpopo Province's five districts, parts of Mpumalanga as well as the Eastern Cape...

16 Feb 2018

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Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvestsArticle

The country is staring at a food shortage following declined maize and wheat production in the North Rift region - the country's grain basket - this season, caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather...

Barnabas Bii and Stanley Kimuge 5 Jan 2018

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SADC needs armyworm control fundsArticle

SADC member states and stakeholders were challenged to make strong commitments by allocating more funding, developing programmes and putting in place infrastructure for the management of the Fall armyworm...

Elita Chikwati 13 Dec 2017

Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide - and that's not good
Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide - and that's not goodArticle

Global shifts of urbanisation, migration, markets and climate can potentially be compatible with agrobiodiversity, but other powerful forces are undermining it. The future of agrobiodiversity hangs in the balance...

Karl Zimmerer 1 Dec 2017

SA entomopathogenic nematodes effectively kill fungus gnat pests
SA entomopathogenic nematodes effectively kill fungus gnat pestsArticle

Fungus gnats are serious pests in South Africa's undercover farming, often harming production of various crops...

17 Nov 2017

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Mealybug can destroy your citrus cropArticle

The damage caused by mealybugs is closely associated with the time and degree of infestation. Symptoms can render fruit entirely non-marketable, while severe infestations can lead to fruit drop and yield loss...

Gys Helm 2 Nov 2017

Questions about fall armyworm infestation asked and answered
Questions about fall armyworm infestation asked and answeredArticle

Paul Makube believes SA is in a good position to deal with the fall armyworm due to early detection. He answers some questions asked about the recent invader...

9 Feb 2017

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Armyworm hits SAArticle

A diagnostic report from the ARC PPRI confirmed that fall armyworm was positively identified from samples collected in Limpopo. Damage reported in South Africa so far is...

6 Feb 2017

TRB warns farmers of new destructive pest
TRB warns farmers of new destructive pestArticle

The Tobacco Research Board has warned of a threat posed by Tuta absoluta, a new invasive and highly destructive pest, to the tobacco industry...

Conrad Mwanawashe 1 Dec 2016

Mystery 'Cyclone' invader a growing headache for Zimbabwe
Mystery 'Cyclone' invader a growing headache for ZimbabweArticle

Climate shifts are bringing challenges for farmers around the world in the form of new or more virulent crop pests and diseases...

Andrew Mambondiyani 5 Oct 2016

Toyota assists in identifying alien species in Cape
Toyota assists in identifying alien species in CapeArticle

The 2012 Toyota Enviro Outreach project, which started recently at the Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve in the Western Cape and runs until 27 April 2012, will this year address one of the biggest ecological challenges in Africa and globally: the invasion and spread of alien species.

23 Apr 2012

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