Genome of Fleming’s original penicillin-producing mould sequenced with help from CABI’s original strain

Freeze-dried penicillin strain
Researchers from Imperial College London, CABI and the University of Oxford have sequenced the genome of Alexander Fleming’s original Penicillium strain using samples that were frozen alive more than fifty years ago. Dr Matthew Ryan, Curator of the Genetic Resource Collection at CABI, shared his expertise and samples of Fleming’s…
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New research highlights impact of COVID-19 on food security in Kenya and Uganda

African Woman Farmer with mask
CABI scientists have conducted new research highlighting the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Kenya and Uganda with more than two-thirds of those surveyed having experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic. Dr Monica Kansiime led a team of researchers who discovered, from a random sample of 442…
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CABI collaborates with ASEAN Action Plan on Fall Armyworm Control and co-hosts webinar series

The ASEAN Action Plan on Fall Armyworm Control and CABI are working towards effective approaches to biocontrol of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Southeast Asia with an informative three-part webinar series. The webinars, the first of which took place on 10 September, explore classical, biopesticide, augmentative and conservation-based biocontrol approaches…
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Complete a Script course from SciDev.Net for a chance to win a brand-new Canon camera

Script – the free training and networking resource for journalists, scientists and anyone who wants to communicate science in an engaging and accurate way – is offering the chance to win a brand-new Canon camera up to the value of £200. To enter the draw to win this fantastic prize…
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BioSpace project provides early warning system for locust and fall armyworm pests in China and Laos

Roosting Locusts
CABI is working in partnership to utilise space-enabled remote sensing technology to help tackle migratory locusts and the fall armyworm in China and Laos with an emphasis on promoting more environmentally-friendly biopesticide controls. The BioSpace project, funded by the Science Technology and Facilities Council, will act as an early-warning system…
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Visit of Malawian High Commissioner to Kenya promotes mutual food security efforts

Her Excellency Agrina Mussa, the Malawian High Commissioner to Kenya, recently toured several CABI-led projects being implemented in the country. The visits took place alongside consultations aimed at enhancing areas of collaboration between the two countries and improving farmer livelihoods in Malawi.
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CABI conducts first assessment of invasive plants which threaten wildlife habitats in Laikipia County, Kenya

CABI scientists have led the first assessment of naturalised, invasive and potentially invasive plant species present in Laikipia County, Kenya, which hosts the highest populations of endangered large mammals in the country. The research led by Dr Arne Witt suggests that a range of invasive alien plants pose a series…
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Working in partnership to help 30,000 farmers in Kenya reap improved soybean harvests

CABI is working in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise Ltd (ACRE Africa) and Kilimo Trust to help 30,000 farmers in Kenya, particularly women, improve their soybean yields. Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Global Challenges…
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CABI helps to develop guidelines for procurement and use of Invertebrate Biological Control Agents in Ghana

IBCA guidelines Ghana
With the technical assistance of CABI, the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture has develop guidelines to regulate the procurement and use of Invertebrate Biological Control Agents (IBCAs) and other beneficial organisms in Ghana. The guidelines will provide guidance on and procedures…
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Building the post COVID-19 resilience for Africa’s coffee sector

Coffee pic
    The Inter African Coffee Organisation (IACO) has joined forces with the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), to design an emergency intervention programme to alleviate the impact of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Africa’s coffee sector. The initiative estimated to cost Euro…
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