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The Hellenic (Greek) Society of Phytiatry is requesting your support (Yes or No) of the introduction of Plant Medicine (Plant Doctor) in academia as a distinct university curriculum. The very brief survey (electronic vote) can be found at:

http://www.fytiatriki.gr/support-fytiatry

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Rice Diseases Online Resource

This online resource is authored by 23 global rice disease specialists who cover the importance of 80 plant diseases in rice production, the biology of these diseases, and selected disease management practices.

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Mew, TW, Hibino H, Savary S, Vera Cruz CM, Opulencia R, Hettel GP, eds. 2017. Rice diseases: Biology and selected management practices

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Biological control training courses for advanced-level graduate students and junior faculty will concurrently be held in Beijing, China and Hanoi, Vietnam, September 02-09, 2017. If you are interested in further information or in applying to join these sessions please contact Dr. Kris Wyckhuys <k.wyckhuys@cgiar.org> or Mrs. My Hoang  <m.hoang@cgiar.org>.

E.A. Heinrichs

IAPPS Secretary General

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Posted Mon at 10:02pm

A potentially devastating plant virus able to infect a number of horticultural crops has been detected for the first time in Western Australia.

The Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus has been found in a continental cucumber crop near Geraldton, about 400 kilometres north of Perth.

In 2014 the virus was first found in Australia in watermelon crops near Katherine in the Northern Territory. Crops were destroyed and the region was placed under quarantine restrictions for nearly two years.

Geraldton is a significant production region for Australia’s continental cucumber crop.

CGMMV affects a range of cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and can cause substantial crop losses.

Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia Chief plant biosecurity officer John van Schagen said DAFWA would investigate the disease source, however the obvious pathway was from infected seed.

“One of our staff is going up to Geraldton. It’s definitely on the one property, possibly a second one and maybe even more, we don’t know at this stage,” he said.

“We diagnosed it from cucumber leaf samples that were submitted by an agronomist.

“Diagnosis was completed late the week before last.

“We notified Vegetables WA and we also notified people up in Kununurra.

Mr van Schagen said it was yet to be seen how the Geraldton cucumber crop would be effected by the virus.

“It’s got potential to be fairly serious,” he said.

“We haven’t quarantined the property because last year a scientific expert panel looked at what is the risk of spreading this disease through movement of produce, they deemed that was a very low risk, so I think this disease can best be managed by good on farm biosecurity practices.

“Measures include not permitting vehicles, equipment and machinery to move between farms without being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

“This also applies to farm workers, by making sure they wear clean clothing when they leave or move between properties.”

Local cucumber growers told ABC Rural they were worried about the virus and were paying close attention to farm hygiene, such as foot baths and hand sanitising.

“There is a national management plan being developed for this disease, that was started after the cases in the Northern Territory, so that’s currently sitting with some national industry bodies for finalising, but we hope to push that through fairly quickly, and that’s got all the information on how best to manage this disease for growers,” Mr van Schagen said.

“We are also doing some research ourselves in management of this disease as well.

“My understanding is once you’ve got it, it’s very difficult to treat. Basically if it’s in the crop you can’t really get it out of the crop. It’s through good on farm biosecurity and also crop rotation, you may be able to minimise the impact of the disease.

“I think that’s what they do in the Northern Territory, they have a two year period where they don’t plant any host plants on the property. Thereby they try to eliminate it from the soil.”

Mr van Schagen said the department would meet with growers to discuss possible crop rotations and gain feedback from growers on the impact the virus had caused in their cucumber crops.

DAFWA will host an information meeting at the Geraldton office on Wednesday, July 27 at 4.30pm.

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Global Plant Protection News Followers:

Please note the wealth of CABI Plant Protection content available on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank: http://www.plantwise.org/KnowledgeBank/Home.aspx

Subjects: Pest identification/ Pest distribution/Fact sheets/Pest alerts/Plant Health News/Plantwise Blog

E.A. Heinrichs /IAPPS Secretary General

 

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Plant clinics

Plantwise provides training to local people so they can set up plant clinics in their region. These clinics operate on a regular basis, in easy-to-access places, and allow farmers to bring in samples of their crop problems for diagnosis and advice.The Plantwise Diagnostic Field Guide has been developed to support this.

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AsEAN Guidelines

http://www.asean-agrifood.org/what-we-do/regulation-and-application-of-bca/
This eight-minute video tries to set the stage for approach of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood System (SAS) towards the healthy production of crops. The Video deals with the mythical view of synthetic pesticide on our daily food crops and discusses potential alternatives such as the use of biological pest management. This video also provides some opinions of crop producers, consumer and members of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood System (SAS) project to complete the picture.

 

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Annual Report 2013
Posted on May 27, 2014 by Kelly Izlar
The IPM Innovation Labs’s FY 2013 (October 1, 2012–September 30, 2013) annual report is now available. Click below to download the document.

http://www.oired.vt.edu/ipmcrsp/publications/annual-reports/annual-report-2013/

For users with lower bandwidth and/or with interest in only certain specific topic areas, we will split individual chapters and major sections out of the Annual Report for you to view individually. Check back in the coming weeks for a list of individual chapters and sections for download. For more information contact: rmuni@vt.edu

Table of Contents

Management Entity Message
Highlights and Achievements in 2012–2013

Regional Programs
Latin America and the Caribbean
East Africa
West Africa
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Central Asia

Global Programs
Parthenium
International Plant Diagnostic Network (IPDN)
International Plant Virus Disease Network (IPVDN)
Impact Assessment
Gender Equity, Knowledge, and Capacity Building

Associate & Buy-In Awards
Indonesia
Nepal
Bangladesh

Training and Publications
Short- and Long-Term Training
Publications

Appendices: Collaborating Institutions and Acronyms

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