SciDev.Net’s Managing Editor narrowly misses out on top science journalism honour in ABSW Awards 2021

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Ben Deighton, SciDev.Net’s Managing Editor, has narrowly missed out on one of the top honours in science journalism – the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) Awards 2021 Editor of the Year prize. Mr Deighton, who joined SciDev.Net in 2017 after four years as editor of Horizon magazine, was shortlisted…
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New PlantwisePlus programme launched to help farmers produce more and higher quality food

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A new CABI-led worldwide programme – PlantwisePlus – has been launched to help support low and lower-middle income countries to predict, prepare themselves for and prevent plant health threats in a changing climate reducing crop losses and empowering farmers to increase income, food security and food safety by producing more…
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CABI contributes to new research investigating impact of COVID-19 and locusts on farm households in Pakistan

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CABI scientists have played a key role in new research from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and locust invasions on farm households in the Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. Researchers from CABI’s centre in Pakistan provided expertise and support for 839…
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CABI helps step up the fight to find suitable biocontrol for the Comstock mealybug in Swiss Canton of Valais

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CABI scientist Dr Lukas Seehausen has joined colleagues from Agroscope, Andermatt Biocontrol and the Office of Arboriculture of the Canton Valais to step up the fight against the Comstock mealybug (Pseudococcus comstocki) with augmentative releases of a parasitic wasp. Twenty thousand parasitic wasps (Acerophagus malinus) were released in two plots…
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CABI shares progress made on its contribution to food security efforts in Africa at International Year of Plant Health meeting

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CABI has shared progress its has made on its activities in Africa – particularly in respect of its contribution to food security on the continent – at an International Plant Protection Convention (IPCC) convened online conference held as part of the International Year of Plant Health. Dr Washington Otieno, who…
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Project launched to help mitigate pesticide residue limit export violations on red chillies in Pakistan

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CABI has signed a contract with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) – a body working under the administrative control of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) – to mitigate pesticide maximum residue limit (MRL) export violations on red chilies in Pakistan. The primary objective of this…
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Public-private partnership to unlock potato sector potential in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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CABI is leading a partnership to help further develop and complete the potato value chain in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ultimately benefitting 8,000 smallholder farmers with improved livelihoods and creating over 10,000 jobs – including employment for refugees and internally displaced people. The five-year project, funded by The Netherlands…
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Swedish ambassador helps launch SciDev.Net training course to human rights and peace research organisation

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The Swedish Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Mr Jon Åström Gröndahl has formally helped launch a week-long training workshop by SciDev.Net for researchers from SHAPE-SEA to help them better communicate their research findings to non-scientific and non-academic audiences. H.E Mr Jon Åström Gröndahl gave opening remarks to a Media Skills for…
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New perspectives needed to boost success of Classical Biological Control to fight insect pests

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A CABI-led study has revealed that the success of Classical Biological Control (CBC) in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East is only rarely dependent on the released biological control agent, but more often on other factors, such as the target pest, its host plant, or the circumstances of the…
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FAO and CABI act in concert to intensify pest control in Eastern Africa

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As part of a broad-based initiative to address the plant protection needs of the Eastern Africa nations, a practical training programme on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) was delivered to experts drawn from the National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPO) of Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.…
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