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  • Cassava disease monitoring goes mobile

    Mobile phones are the unlikely weapons being used to fight cassava disease in Tanzania, in a collaboration between scientists and farmers. As part of the Digital Early Warning Network (DEWN) farmers from ten districts in the Lake Zone region of Tanzania will be trained to recognise the symptoms of Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD). They will then send monthly ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • Low-altitude aerial images allow early detection of devastating avocado disease

    Low-altitude aerial images can detect laurel wilt, a devastating avocado disease, giving growers an early way to identify diseased trees and perhaps help reduce losses to the $100 million-a-year economic impact avocados provide Florida. Reza Ehsani, an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, used a ...

  • 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.

  • Whitefly, Disease, Drought, Unhealthy Soil, Solution Black Worm Castings!

    Spring is just around the corner, that meant it time to plant crops and start working in the garden. Unfortunately, there are several factors that can undermine all your hard work, drought, disease, unhealthy soil, and the Whitefly. Whiteflies are especially dangerous for plants. They carry many diseases and leave bend a Sooty Mold that can shut down photosynthesis and can ultimately ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • 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.

  • Full of beans with Maniphos

    This season’s wet conditions brought increased sales of our manganese phosphite Maniphos as growers sought to boost root development and natural disease resistance in peas and beans. Initial feedback has been very positive. Farming in Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire, James Fountain applied two applications of Maniphos at 3.5 litres per hectare to his field beans and is very impressed ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • New Cassava varieties promise food security in Zanzibar

    Millions of cassava farmers in eastern and central Africa are in distress from viral cassava diseases that are sweeping across the region and ravaging their crops. But their counterparts on the popular tourist island of Zanzibar are undergoing a quiet revolution using new disease-resistant and high-yielding varieties that were introduced three years ago. The four varieties, Kizimbani, Mahonda, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Need to know what to spray on citrus trees to keep bugs at bay? There’s an app for that

    Florida has nearly 70 million citrus trees on more than 531,500 acres. Now imagine trying to figure out what pesticide to spray on each of those trees to keep them safe from citrus greening. University of Florida researcher James Tansey says the answer is as close as your Android smartphone with a new app developed with ZedX, an information technologies company based in Pennsylvania.  The ...

  • Florida citrus growers: 80 percent of trees infected by greening

    Florida’s citrus growers say as much as 90 percent of their acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the deadly greening disease, which is making a huge dent in the state’s $10.7 billion citrus industry, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences survey shows. The survey, conducted in March 2015, shows the first grower-based estimates of both ...

  • New $13.8 million project aims to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania

    Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Rony Swennen, a ...

  • AgBiome Receives Inaugural 2016 Innovation Award

    AgBiome was recently named a most innovative startup by AgFunder as part of its Innovation Awards, a program created to recognize companies introducing transformative technology to drive agriculture forward. The awards are the first of their kind to recognize leadership in agri-tech innovation from around the globe. AgFunder, a leading online ag investment platform, introduced the inaugural ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • UF/IFAS researchers use steam to treat citrus greening

    University of Florida researchers are turning to the old-fashioned method of steaming to help treat citrus greening, a disease devastating citrus trees throughout Florida. Reza Ehsani and his UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences colleagues are tenting and then enveloping trees in steam that is 136 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 seconds in an attempt to kill the ...

  • Poncho/VOTiVO Seed Treatment Receives EPA Registration for Cotton

    Poncho®/VOTiVO™ seed treatment from Bayer CropScience has received registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use on cotton. "We are extremely pleased to bring Poncho/VOTiVO to cotton growers in the market," said Poncho/VOTiVO cotton product manager Paul Hewitt. "After successfully introducing Poncho/VOTiVO on corn last Fall, this innovative product will be available to ...


    By Marketwire

  • SavATree Offers Tips for Landscape Care After a Mild Winter

    With a relatively small amount of snow accumulation, the winter of 2012 stood in sharp contrast to the record-breaking winter of 2011. Without this snow cover or "white fertilizer" to act as insulation, lawns were left exposed to strong winter winds resulting in desiccation, or extreme drying. Add to this a spring with unusually mild temperatures arriving ahead of schedule and it means that ...


    By Marketwire

  • SavATree Helps Clients Prepare for Future Storms

    The storms that impacted the east coast through the spring and early summer of 2011 were both catastrophic and record-breaking. Government estimates say there were more tornadoes in a single day in late May 2011 than any other day in history. To put things in perspective, during one weeklong outbreak, government analysts say there were 312 tornadoes, including a record-setting 226 in one day. ...


    By Marketwire

  • Cassava`s huge potential as 21st Century crop

    Save and Grow, an environmentally-friendly farming model promoted by FAO, can sustainably increase cassava yields by up to 400 percent and help turn this staple from a poor people's food into a 21st Century crop, FAO said today. In a newly-published field guide detailing Save and Grow's applications to cassava smallholder production, FAO noted that global cassava output has increased by 60 ...

  • UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida ...

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