agriculture pathogen detection News

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • USDA and UN to Collaborate on Sustainable Global Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, have signed an agreement to enhance their cooperation to promote and support the development of a sustainable global agriculture system. Approved last fall, the agreement was signed Wednesday by FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Global stem rust tracker unveiled in China

    A global monitoring system was unveiled today to track the spread of devastating wheat pathogens known as stem rusts, at the 2012 Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) Technical Workshop in China. The functional surveillance and monitoring network, the Global Cereal Rust Monitoring System ('Rust Tracker'), now covers 27 countries and a large ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agdia Releases New Molecular Test for Avocado Sunblotch Viroid

    Agdia, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) has commercialized a Nucleic Acid Hybridization Assay for Avocado sunblotch viroid (ASBVd). ASBVd is found in avocado growing regions worldwide.  Trees that are infected with ASBVd can result in a loss of yield and / or production of unmarketable fruit.  However, symptoms are not always present making pro-active testing a critical disease control ...


    By Agdia Incorporated

  • 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

  • FSIS Issues Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Salmonella

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released its Salmonella Action Plan.  It outlines the steps it will take to address the most pressing problem it faces -- Salmonella in meat and poultry products. According to the agency, an estimated 1.3 million illnesses can be attributed to Salmonella each year. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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

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