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Natural Enemies Field Reservoirs play critical role in management of papaya mealybug, CABI study reveals

New project to use earth observation data and climate forecasts for targeted management of wheat blast disease

CABI’s expertise in plant health management highlighted at symposium to mark International Day of Plant Health

Wheat Blast: Earth observation and climate forecasts for risk management

Wheat Blast (Magnaporthe oryzae Triticum or ‘MOT’) is a plant disease of global concern, threatening crop production and biosecurity. Known to favour humid, warmer climates, the disease is a severe problem in Bangladesh and South America. However, the consequences of climate change pose the risk of the disease infecting other wheat-growing areas. Coupled with its ability to spread rapidly through the air and seeds, Wheat Blast’s devastating effects and limited control options are leading to heavy yield losses and it is now a threat to global food security. This project brings together a project consortium, formed of experts in Earth observation, remote sensing, pest and disease modelling, datasets and information dissemination to produce Wheat Blast risk maps and actionable advice as part of a framework. The framework will be used by key stakeholders as part of a targeted management approach to the disease.

Study explores biology, impact, management and potential distribution of destructive longhorn beetle

Support for greater plant health highlighted at Commission of Phytosanitary Measures