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  • Fungal Infection Almost Sidelines UCLA Football Player

    Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times published a report about one of UCLA’s cornerbacks and his recent battle with aspergillosis. Aspergillosis is a fungal infection caused by a common fungus known as Aspergillus. According to the article, the player spent more than a month in a hospital fighting the infection. His weight dropped down to 130 pounds, but after successfully ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Wheat rust diseases remain a constant but neglected threat

    FAO is calling for countries in the global ‘wheat belt’ to step up monitoring and prevention for wheat rusts – fungal diseases that do especially well in particularly wet seasons. Yields could be affected across North Africa, the Middle East into West and South Asia, which account for more than 30 percent of global wheat output and nearly 40 percent of total land area dedicated ...

  • Controlled forest fires could kill invasive tree disease

    In a new study, researchers examined the potential influence of human-driven changes in land-use on disease establishment in forests. The research suggests that changes in forest management, which encourage greater and more dense forest cover, are creating environmental conditions that promote disease. The invasive, fungal-like Phytophthora ramorum causes Sudden Oak Death (SOD), which is ...

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Luna® Fungicide Label Expansion Gives Growers New Crops for Broad-Spectrum Disease Control

    Bayer has received notice that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an expanded label for Luna® fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut and vegetable crops. Once approved in relevant states, these label expansions will be effective across a broad geographical ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • ARS plant collections help safeguard crops

    In the months ahead, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists plan to collect walnuts from Kyrgyzstan, grasses from Russia, and carrots and sunflowers from fields across the Southeastern United States in efforts that will enhance one of the nation's most effective tools for protecting the food supply. Researchers will make the trips to collect plants with useful ...

  • 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

  • Tree breeding programme to fight ash dieback recommended by study

    A recent study confirms that some European ash trees are more genetically-resistant to the devastating ash dieback disease. These individuals could therefore be selected for gene conservation and/or start a breeding programme to save the European ash. Ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior L.) across Europe are dying from a newly recognised fungal infection, Chalara fraxinea T. Kowalski. First ...

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

  • `Banana has a future after all`

    The banana has been severely affected by fungal diseases that can only be combated by using omore and more plant protection products. In the last century, the much-loved Gros Michel banana variety was wiped out as a result of Panama disease. But now the replacement variety Cavendish – available in every supermarket – is at risk. At his inauguration as professor by special appointment ...

  • Protect your field, yield and profits from day one

    Following their recent aquisition of the seed treatment Latitude, Certis are looking forward to Cereals and the opportunity to discuss with visitors the issue of take-all and how to protect crops from this devastating disease from day one. “Take-all is an extremely significant and widespread fungal disease that occurs in wheat and barley, with half the UK wheat crops estimated to be ...


    By Certis UK

  • Marrone Bio Innovations` Regalia Biofungicide Included in Fungicide Resistance Action Committee`s 2012 Code List

    Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (MBI), a leading global provider of natural products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announced today that the active ingredient in its Regalia® biofungicide, Reynoutria sachalinensis, has been included ...

  • Insect-eating bats save global maize farmers €0.91 billion a year from crop damage

    Insect-eating bats are estimated to be worth US$ 1 billion (€0.91 billion) a year to maize farmers around the world, a new study has revealed. Not only do bats reduce crop damage by eating adult corn earworm crop pests, they also suppress fungal infections in maize ears. Bats and their habitats need to be better protected for their ecological and economic contributions, say the study’s ...

  • EMSL Scientist’s Work on Gnomoniopsis Fungi Gets Noticed

    Dr. Mikhail Sogonov coauthors published research to help forest and plant pathologists identify hardwood and crop fungi related to chestnut blight fungus. Cinnaminson, NJ, July 1st, 2010 Chestnut blight fungus was introduced to the United States from Asia sometime in the first decade of the 1900s.  Within 30 to 40 years most of America’s mature chestnut ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Crown rot `elite wheat` closer to reality

    Researchers may be close to developing high-yielding “elite wheats” with increased resistance to crown rot, a disease which costs the industry close to $100 million a year. Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), have been trawling through the chromosomes of several wheat lines that show ...

  • New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time

    A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say Japanese scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. Temperature, ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Marrone Bio Innovations` Regalia® Biofungicide Label Significantly Expanded

      DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Bio Innovations today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a significant label expansion for Regalia®, a biofungicide that boosts plants' natural defenses to fight fungal and bacterial diseases. The label expansion includes new soil applications, ...

  • Bhutan faces crop losses from erratic climate

    Agricultural experts in the Himalayan country of Bhutan — a least developed country — are concerned at increasing crop losses in recent years, attributable to global warming. The losses, which began around 2004, are the direct result of increasing pest attacks and disease, erratic rainfall, windstorms, droughts, flash floods and landslides, officials said. The country’s ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops

    An international consortium led by scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes the much-feared black Sigatoka disease in bananas. The findings provide leads for increasing the sustainability of banana cultivation, for instance through the development of a resistant banana plant. The results were ...

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