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PlantwisePlus Knowledge Bank helps countries like Malawi prepare for crop health threats

Masters course in crop management shares eco-friendly farming techniques worldwide

Plant clinics boost women’s empowerment through biopesticide production groups

Cotton farmer overcomes rising fertilizer costs and shortages using compost

Classical biological control of Japanese beetle

The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a pest that feeds on hundreds of fruit tree species, causing considerable damage. In the USA, costs to control the pest exceed $450 million per year. Global regions that climatically support the invasion of the Japanese beetle include central Europe where it is considered a high priority pest. This project is aiming to tackle the spread of the Japanese beetle by exploring the use of the parasitic fly, Istocheta aldrichi, as a classical biological control agent in Switzerland, where it arrived in 2017.

Mapping of weather and climate services for crop pest and disease management in Kenya comes under spotlight