Plant Pathogen Detection News

  • Rust on Corn More Prevalent This Summer

    Resembling rust on a pickup, a fungal disease that can afflict corn has been confirmed in a higher than usual number of cornfields in southern Ohio. Southern rust (pictured above) and common rust have attacked a higher than usual number of southern Ohio fields this year. Every year, some Ohio farmers find southern or common rust on their corn plants, but this year both diseases have been more ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Newly Revised Ohio Agronomy Guide for Sale

    A lot can change in 12 years. That’s why the 2005 edition of the Ohio Agronomy Guide was just revised to offer the most up-to-date guidelines for planting corn, soybeans, wheat and forages in Ohio, managing the pests they attract and enriching the soil in which they grow. All the guidelines offered in the book are specific to Ohio and based on research in Ohio fields. If a farmer, ...


    By Ohio State University

  • AgBiome Granted Multi-year Award to Discover Biological Solutions to Diseases Affecting Subsistence Crops of Sub-Saharan Africa

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded AgBiome a new multi-year grant, entitled “Broad-Spectrum Biological Control of Fungal Diseases,” which will fund the evaluation and development of lead, proprietary biological fungicides in the fields of African smallholder farmers. The aim of the project is to identify and validate biological fungicides to control one or more of ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • International seminar on Xylella fastidiosa

    The International Olive Council (IOC) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), under the Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2016, have organised a seminar on Xylella fastidiosa¸ the bacterium which, since 2013, has been causing the death of hundreds of olive trees in the Italian region of Apulia, raising grave concerns among all olive ...

  • RainWise, Inc. Celebrates 41 Years Of Service With Agricultural Roots

    RainWise, Inc., www.rainwise.com, is pleased to be celebrating more than 40 years of devotion to our clients based on our promise to helping both small and large scale farmers produce more from their land, while conserving resources like water and energy to help build a flourishing ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • New test can detect plant viruses faster, cheaper

    A new test could save time and money diagnosing plant viruses, some of which can destroy millions of dollars in crops each year in Florida, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. In a newly published study, Jane Polston, a UF/IFAS plant pathology professor, examined several ways to detect the DNA genome of begomoviruses. These viruses have emerged ...

  • Ambrosia beetle spreads dangerous avocado pathogen

    As the laurel wilt pathogen casts a cloud over the $100-million-a-year Florida avocado industry, University of Florida researchers continue to look for clues to prevent the pathogen from spreading. The main culprit has been the redbay ambrosia beetle, which has infected millions of native redbay and swampbay trees with the laurel wilt pathogen, but it is rarely seen in commercial avocado ...


    By University of Florida

  • Biopesticides Becoming More Than Just a Niche Product

    Growers are all too familiar with the vicious cycle of pests that develop a genetic resistance to chemical applications. As soon as researchers and growers find a chemical that works, genetic systems adapt and the pests find a way to survive. Then the costly cycle starts all over again. The solution to ending this cycle lies in the use of biopesticides as part of an Integrated Pest Management ...

  • Ohio State Expert: Cold Snap Could Injure Wheat Depending on Its Growth Stage

    Thanks to last month’s warmer-than-normal temperatures that sped up the growth of wheat crops across Ohio, this week’s cold snap could result in injury for some of those plants. Just how damaging the colder weather will be depends on how advanced the wheat is in its growth stage, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Cucumber virus quarantine to be lifted for NT growers in 2016

    AUSVEG has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement from the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries that property quarantine for Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) will be lifted next year.   “It is welcome news for growers that property quarantine put in place in the Northern Territory following the outbreak of CGMMV will be ...


    By AUSVEG

  • New method may help detect avocado pathogen earlier

    University of Florida researchers have found an algorithm to help them detect laurel wilt, the deadly pathogen that threatens Florida’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry. Reza Ehsani, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, said the algorithm finds laurel wilt-infected avocado trees before symptoms are visible to the naked eye. About 500 growers produce ...

  • Plant Science Innovations Heralded as Key Contributor to Combating Hunger & Food Insecurity in Asia

    As Asia and the world marked World Food Day on this date, CropLife Asia took the opportunity to herald the contributions farmers enabled by plant science technology are making to combat hunger around the globe - and highlight the important role these agricultural innovations will play in delivering food security and sustainability to the nations of Asia and the world. According to data from the ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Some plants are more sensitive to herbicides during reproductive stages of life cycle

    This study assessed the effects of herbicides on non-target plants in Denmark and Canada. The findings showed that some plants are more sensitive to herbicides in the reproductive stages of their life cycle and can experience delays in flowering and reduced seed production. The authors say future ecological assessments should consider reproductive outcomes. Herbicides are some of the most widely ...

  • Xylella bacteria increasingly affecting olive trees in Southern Europe

    EU-wide emergency measures came into force on 19 May to deal with the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, the cause of a devastating disease in various plants including olive trees in Italy. Xylella fastidiosa is a quarantine organism in the EU. There are no pesticides for combating this bacterial disease, so reliable detection and diagnostic methods are essential for preventing the spread of the ...

  • Controlling resilient plant viruses with steam

    Combining steam with heat-producing chemicals could control pathogenic viruses in soil, finds new research. The study examined how effective different forms of heat sterilisation of soil were at inactivating three plant viruses. While steam alone was enough to eradicate two of the viruses, the highly resilient tobacco mosaic virus required the addition of exothermic chemicals to reduce it by 97%. ...

  • Ohio Poultry Owners Advised to Increase Biosecurity as Virus Spreads in Western U.S.

    Three worrisome strains of avian flu have been detected in birds out West. These viruses can cause serious disease in birds, and their appearance has prompted poultry veterinarians at The Ohio State University to recommend that Ohio’s commercial producers and backyard chicken enthusiasts alike take precautions to protect their flocks. The strains are related to a virus ...


    By Ohio State University

  • H.I.S. Reports Results for the Full Year Ended October 2014

    Achieves record results for the fourth consecutive year Tokyo, Dec 5, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - H.I.S. Co., Ltd. (TSE1: 9603), a leading travel and airline ticket agency, has announced results for the full year ended October 31, 2014. The Group achieved record results for the fourth consecutive year with consolidated net sales of 523,246 million yen, an increase of 9.1% ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • UF/IFAS scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease

    University of Florida scientists believe they’ve found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state’s $54 million-a-year avocado industry. Red ambrosia beetles bore holes into healthy avocado trees, bringing with them the pathogen that causes laurel wilt. Growers control the beetles that carry and spread laurel wilt by ...


    By University of Florida

  • Florendovirus: new genus of virus in plant genomes

    While the extent and importance of endogenous viral elements have been thoroughly researched in animals, there is a dearth of knowledge when it comes to plants. Within the framework of a broader international effort, researchers at INRA Versailles-Grignon and Cirad have described a new genus of the Caulimoviridae family of viruses, called Florendovirus, whose members have colonised the genomes of ...

  • Maryland, Michigan Farmers Keep Soil, Environment Healthy

    As farming practices increasingly attract interest from the general public, two farmers are ensuring they meet public approval. They use proven management practices that focus on improving soil quality and maintaining a quality natural environment. In fact, getting the right nutrients to where they belong and in the right amounts when they’re needed enables them to improve yields while ...

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