CABI in the news
Below is a selection of recent media coverage:
Nature, 29 January 2013
Coffee rust regains foothold
Article about the fungal pathogen, coffee leaf rust
New Agriculturalist, January 2013
Agricultural research - the road ahead
Dr Trevor Nicholls, CABI's CEO, talks about the importance of partnership
BBC News, 22 January 2013
Wasps v moths: Biocontrol uses nature against crop pests
Article about biocontrol and ash dieback disease
The Star, Nairobi, 15 May 2012
Kosgei launches 35 clinics for sick plants
Article about the expansion of plant clinics in Kenya
The Hindu, 12 April 2012
Phone a friend ...
CABI partners with Handygo to provide mobile agro-advisory solutions in rural India
Humanitarian News, Africa Science News, 29 March 2012
New plant clinics to help farmers grow more, lose less
Articles about the launch of plant clinics in Tanzania
New Agriculturalist, March 2012
Plantwise in Vietnam
Feature about the growth of plant clinics in Vietnam
Science Codex, 7 February 2012
Invasive alien predator causes rapid declines of European ladybirds
CABI's Marc Kenis explains how British ladybirds are under threat
Natational Geographic, 9 December 2011
Cajun Crayfish Invading Africa, Eating Native Species
CABI's Arne Witt explains how Louisiana crayfish threatens small freshwater species
KBC News, 9 December 2011
Kenyan scientists formulate invasive species strategy
CABI contributes to formulating a draft strategy to curb the risk of invasive alien species in Kenya
Les Afriques, 6 December 2011
ASHC warn against fertilizer subsidy programs
The Africa Soil Health Consortium warns against fertilizer subsidy programs
ICAR, 25 November 2011
Expert consultation on strengthening the veterinary profession in India inaugurated
ICAR reports on the first day of the veterinary workshop in India
CABI contributes to name ambiguity project
Research Information's news story about our sponsorship of ORCID
SpecialChem, 11 October 2011
Aquapharm & CABI to Co-promote their Microbe Products
CABI collaborates with special Scottish marine biotechnology firm Aquapharm
WiredGov, 5 October 2011
Voracious weed-eating Weevils invited to free lunch
CABI helps Environment Agency control Azolla weed using biological control
The News International, 4 September 2011
Wheat crop under pest attack in Punjab
Dr Rana Muhammad Shafique talks about CABI's project to manage aphid infestations in wheat
Le Point, 30 August 2011
Ces coccinelles asiatiques qui envahissent l'Europe
CABI's Marc Kenis talks about the problems of the harlequin ladybird
TSR, 29 August 2011
Des insectes pourraient contrôler l'ambroisie
Media report of a paper in Weed Research about biological control of Ambrosia artemisfolia or common ragweed
BBC Countryfile, 17 July 2011
CABI's Rob Tanner is interviewed about the search for a biological control agent for Himalayan Balsam (item starts at 20.30)
Africa Science News Service, 13 June 2011
New project helping farmers reduce farm losses
Report on the impact on farmers of Kenya's plant clinics
BBC News, 17 May 2011
Plant clinics scheme to boost food security
Mark Kinver interviews CABI CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls about the Plantwise programme
Chemistry and Industry, 28 April 2011
Plant health a growing concern
Plants as well as people need specialist doctors not only to diagnose and treat them, but also to provide an early warning system of possible disease outbreaks
Business Daily, Africa, 26 April 2011
Seed projects sprout from rising demand for high value greens
AlertNet, 13 April 2011
Plant clinics help farmers battle climate-linked crop blights
Article describing how Kenya's farmers are benefiting from a new network of plant clinics
BBC Radio 4, 31 March 2011
Costing the Earth
CABI’s Frances Williams talks about the costs of invasive non-native species
Business Daily, Africa, 29 March 2011
Plant clinics boost fight against diseases, pests
Eastern Chronicle, India, 17 March 2011
Fungus may halt the mile-a-minute weed
The Daily Telegraph, 1 February 2011
Japanese knotweed might just have met its match
Le Matin, 30 January 2011
Le raton laveur débarque
CABI's Dr Marc Kenis talks about invasive species in Switzerland
BBC World Service, 27 January 2011
CABI's Dr Dick Shaw talks about Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species
Financial Chronicle (digital), India, 16 January 2011
Plant health clinics in Karnataka
CNN World View, 18–20 December 2010
EU Development Days
CABI's Janny Vos is interviewed about the Plantwise programme at the exhibition coinciding with EU Development Days
The Guardian, 15 December 2010
Rabbits named the UK’s most costly invasive species
News item about CABI's report, The Economic Costs of Invasive Non-Native Species to the British Economy
Africa Science News (8 December 2010)
CABI to launch soil health knowledge project
News item about CABI's new soil fertility project in Africa, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Financial Express, India (6 December 2010)
We need to grow more, lose less to ensure food security
Interview with CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls at CABI's centenary celebration in India
KnowledgeSpeak (1 December 2010)
New platform for CABI Compendia makes information easier to access and use
News item about the relaunch of CABI Compendia on a new platform
KnowledgeSpeak (30 November 2010)
CABI’s full-text articles now total 100,000
News item about the number of full-text articles on CAB Direct reaching 100,000
The Hindu (29 November 2010)
Take advantage of youth for agriculture: Swaminathan
Interview with agri-scientist M.S.Swaminathan, who was speaking at CABI's centenary celebration in India
Vets Online (17 November 2010)
Princess Royal praises equine handbook
Speaking at the World Horse Welfare conference, The Princess Royal praised CABI's Veterinary Treatment of Working Equines by Graham Duncanson
News from Africa (15 November 2010)
Invasive species a threat to Africa’s game reserves
Feature based on CABI's centenary celebration in Africa, which aimed to raise awareness of the risks of invasive species in Africa
SciDevNet (10 November 2010)
"Plant clinics must take root in poor countries"
Community-based plant clinics should be part of a health system for plants, say agriculture experts Solveig Danielsen and Frank Matsiko
University World News (8 November 2010)
"AFRICA: New plant health centre of excellence"
News report about the launch of the Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) in Kenya
New Agriculturalist (5 November 2010)
"An Asian solution for African coffee disease"
Report about the research project to identify coffee varieties resistant to coffee leaf rust
KnowledgeSpeak (4 November 2010)
"CABI opens large number of CAB Direct’s life sciences abstracts to Google search engine"
News story announcing the completion of a project to open a large number of CAB Direct’s life sciences abstracts to the Google search engine
Research Information (2 November 2010)
"CAB Direct reaches nine million"
News story about CAB Direct's nine-millionth abstract
TSR, Swiss national television (26 October 2010)
"CABI and the harlequin ladybird"
CABI expert Dr Marc Kenis is interviewed about the harlequin ladybird
All Africa (18 October 2010)
"Regional governments at a loss over how to fight off invasion of deadly, noxious weeds"
CABI Africa's Arne Witt urges governments to strengthen policy and build capacity in the fight against invasive species
Nature (22 September 2010)
"Biopiracy rules should not block biological control"
CABI's Chief Scientist, Dr Matthew Cock, argues that the proposed global regime on benefit-sharing for genetic resources should take account of non-commercial interests
Business Daily, Africa (17 August 2010)
"Rural CBO perfects seed production for native vegetables"
Report on how CABI is helping train farmers to produce certified seeds for traditional leafy vegetables in Kenya
Xinhuanet (15 August 2010)
"Technology, collaboration vital for survival of agriculture"
CABI CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls is quoted at the third Global Forum of Leaders of Agricultural Science and Technology in Harbin, China
National Swiss Radio (7 July 2010)
Interview with CABI's Dr Marc Kenis about his work with the harlequin ladybird
Information Today (6 July 2010)
"Life sciences publisher CABI announces enhancements to CAB Direct"
News report of enhancements to CABI's flagship publishing platform
Science Daily (24 June 2010)
"Nematodes vanquish billion dollar pest"
Nematodes have been identified as a potential scourge of the western corn rootworm; report of a paper published in the Journal of Experimental Biology
New York Times (8 June 2010)
"In poor countries, experts set up shop to help farmers handle plants and insects"
Donald G. McNeil writes about the Global Plant Clinics and CABI's centenary
All Africa (7 June 2010)
"New arsenal against armyworms"
How community-based forecasting is helping in the fight against armyworms
SciDev.Net (25 May 2010)
"Alien species ‘huge’ threat to Africa, experts warn"
All Africa (26 May 2010)
"Africa: Protected areas may be harbouring invasive species"
The above articles quote CABI expert Arne Witt, speaking at the meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
National Public Radio - USA (22 March 2010)
"Climate change presents a burr for coffee growers"
The effects of climate change may be coming to your coffee cup. Interview with coffee expert, CABI's Dr Peter Baker.
RSR - National Swiss Radio (10 March 2010)
"CABI and the harlequin ladybird"
Interview with CABI expert Dr Marc Kenis about his work with the foreign invader - the Asian or harlequin ladybird.
BBC online (9 March 2010)
"Superweed predator to be released"
The UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced approval to release the psyllid, Aphalara itadori, to stop the spread of Japanese knotweed. This is the first time a biological control agent has been used against a weed in Europe. The article quotes the lead researcher on the project, CABI’s Dr Dick Shaw.
BBC online Green Room (9 March 2010)
“Hailing the arrival of alien predators”
Opinion piece written by CABI’s Chief Scientist, Dr Matthew Cock, on Japanese knotweed and previous biological control successes.
SciDev.net (2 March)
Support farmers to cut crop losses
Reducing crop loss by keeping out alien pests and boosting plant health knowledge is crucial to food security, says CABI's Dennis Rangi, Executive Director for International Development.
Reuters (1 March)
“Africa key to meeting increased demand for coffee”
Speaking at the World Coffee Conference 2010 in Guatemala City, CABI’s Dr Peter Baker says the single most important thing that could be done to improve global sustainability of coffee is to transform African coffee production into a modern and progressive industry.
ABC Radio, Country Hour (1 March)
“Pest and disease experts in Brisbane”
Speaking at Global Biosecurity 2010, a conference in Australia Chief Executive Officer Dr Trevor Nicholls explains how CABI is promoting cross-border cooperation and surveillance by running plant clinics.
Your Industry News (22 January 2010)
"Hart gets funding on critical indirect land use change project for biofuels"
Hart Consulting and CABI have teamed up to review biofuels land use science and assess policy proposals.
Daily Star (5 January 2010)
"Pesticides may also kill ignorant farmers"
Bangladesh: Farmers and workers spraying pesticides in crop fields are highly vulnerable to various diseases as the job, often done without any safety measures, make them absorb the toxic item in different ways including inhalation. The information came to light as the Rural Development Academy in Bogra conducted a five-year research programme in cooperation with CABI.
SciDev.Net (31 December 2009)
Fight against coffee disease gathers strength
A devastating disease of coffee plants that may have cost East African farmers as much as US$1 billion over the last ten years could be brought under control after the rapid development of resistant varieties. Report on CABI’s seven-year study of coffee wilt disease in Africa.
Daily Telegraph (23 November 2009)
"Kew Gardens to create biggest fungi collection in world"
CABI and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are merging their fungal reference collections. CABI is entrusting its specimen collection to Kew and co-locating staff in order to optimise expertise in fungal systematics.
Carribean Net News (2 November 2009)
"Jamaica to benefit from multi-million dollar project to reduce threat of invasive species"
Jamaica is set to benefit from a US$1,738,798 project to reduce the threat of invasive alien species to the region's biodiversity. The project titled 'Mitigating the threats of invasive alilen species in the insular Caribbean' is being coordinated by CABI.
SciDev.Net (23 October 2009)
"Technical fixes needed to stem crop losses"
Thirty to forty percent of crops are lost before harvest and more than ten percent after harvest, guests attending a global food summit hosted by CABI were told.
The Times (20 October 2009)
“Government scientist and Royal Society in double push to promote GM”
Professor John Beddington’s support for GM coincides with a study from the Royal Society, Britain’s most prestigious scientific institution, which also endorses the need for Britain to conduct more GM crop trials. Speaking at a global food summit hosted by CABI, Professor Beddington said science will be the only way to feed the world in the future.
New Agriculturist (September 2009)
"Tanzania flexes its Green Muscle"
A biopesticide developed by a CABI-led team has been instrumental in containing a locust outbreak in Tanzania. The article quotes CABI’s Dr Dave Moore who was involved in developing the biopesticide, Green Muscle™.
LibraryJournal.com (10 September 2009)
"Ovid expands agreement with CABI"
Ovid has expanded its publishing agreement with CABI to offer its global customer base more than 420 CAB eBooks.
The Guardian, G2 supplement (14 August 2009)
"Could a tiny insect halt the invasion of Japanese knotweed?"
UK: Feature article about government plans to introduce a tiny insect to combat an invasive weed. CABI scientists have been conducting research into potential biological control agents.
SciDev.Net (5 August 2009)
"Climate change brews up trouble for coffee growers"
Opinion piece written by CABI’s Peter Baker on the effects of climate change on coffee growing. Peter argues that governments need to regain more influence over the fate of their agriculture.
Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 (23 July)
Natural control of Japanese knotweed in the UK
Interview with CABI scientist Dr Dick Shaw discussing the potential to control the invasive plant Japanese knotweed using a tiny bug.
Science Daily (22 July 2009)
“Scientists identify weevil as biocontrol for invasive garlic mustard”
US: A promising biocontrol agent for garlic mustard has been identified by Agricultural Research Service scientists and cooperators, including researchers from CABI’s Switzerland office.
“Plant clinics – or why sometimes development looks easy and obvious”
Duncan Green, Head of Research for Oxfam is “intrigued” by CABI’s Global Plant Clinics. After discussing the concept of ‘plant clinics’ with an Oxfam agronomist he says “Organizations like CABI have got the research back-up and find this kind of scheme particularly easy to run”.
The Guardian (20 May 2009)
“Doctors and nurses treat Katine’s plants”
An initiative in Katine, Uganda where farmers take their ailing crops to the local plant clinic, is improving yields and leading to shared knowledge about how to identify and quickly treat crop sickness. Article quotes CABI's Dr Rob Reeder.
Information Today (7 May 2009)
“Pandemic or panic? CABI finds the facts for free on swine flu, aka H1N1”
CABI is giving free access to its subscription database Global Health to assist in the effort to manage the swine flu crisis. CABI has also initiated a mash-up called the CABI Swine Flu Dashboard, a melange of key sources, facts, search strategies, topical maps, and other content selected by its expert content editors.
The News (25 April 2009)
"Call to use media for agriculture"
Pakistan: Chief Executive of the Punjab Agricultural Research Board, Dr Mubarak Ali, said that print and electronic media and IT tools should be used effectively to educate the farming community. Dr Mubarak delivered this speech at a ‘Plant Health Clinics Training Workshop’. Dr Eric Boa, Head of the Global Plant Clinic imparted training to the officers of the Agriculture Department during the five-day workshop held in Lahore.
The Daily Star (9 March 2009)
“Plant clinics make crops healthy, farmers wealthy”
Six housewives in Bangladesh have been trained to identify and diagnose crop diseases under a rural plant clinic project assisted by the Global Plant Clinic (GPC). These women will be working at three plant clinics in the Bogra district. The article mentions that CABI’s Eric Boa, Head of the GPC, conducted a programme to train up a group pf plant doctors in Bogra a few months ago.