Natural enemy fight increased against papaya mealybug in Kenya

Papaya mealybug impact
CABI in collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) are busy stepping up the fight against the devastating papaya mealybug (Paracoccus marginatus) which has been ranked high in the top pests affecting papaya and other horticultural crops. Invasive species experts from CABI’s centre for Africa based in…
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One Welfare World Conference presenters win CABI books for outstanding presentations

Three delegates who each presented at the One Welfare World Conference 2021 have won a trio of CABI books for their outstanding posters on a range of subjects centred around the concept of the interconnection between animal welfare, human wellbeing and their physical and social environment. CABI, who was one…
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CABI Academy digital teaching resources addressing agricultural challenges now available in Bangladesh

CABI Academy
The CABI Academy, which addresses a multitude of agricultural challenges faced by smallholder farmers around the world, is now available in Bangladesh – thereby helping extension workers to advise on how to best tackle issues such a crop-devastating pests and diseases. The full suite of courses and resources contained within…
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CEO visits CABI Africa ahead of Africa Regional Consultations

CABI CEO Kenya visit
CABI CEO Dr Daniel Elger recently visited the CABI Africa regional office in Nairobi, Kenya and held discussions with in-country partners ahead of the Africa Regional Consultations scheduled for May 2022. Dr Eliud Kireger, Director General, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and CABI’s Liaison Officer for Kenya, appreciated…
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CABI-led study ranks potentially harmful invasive alien plant species in Ghana

Internal necrosis is a typical symptom of the viral infection
A CABI-led study has conducted a comprehensive survey of nearly 200 potentially harmful alien plant species that could have a detrimental impact upon agriculture, forestry and biodiversity in Ghana once they enter the country. Invasive Alien Species (IAS) continue to shape the global landscape through their effects on biological diversity…
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Crop App Index paves the way for a smoother route to existing agricultural decision support tools

Agronomist consulting with farmer outdoor in the field
CABI has today launched a new product – the Crop App Index – aimed at paving the way for a smoother route to existing agricultural decision support tools to help navigate issues related to plant health. The free to access Crop App Index has been developed by CABI as part…
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Opportunities for natural enemy to fight devastating fall armyworm, review highlights

Telenomus remus
A new CABI-led review has highlighted mass rearing techniques, estimated costs of mass production and release strategies for the natural enemy Telenomus remus that suggests it could be effective in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in affected countries. The study, published in CABI Agriculture and Bioscience,…
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Tiny mite shows promise as biological control agent to fight Australian swamp stonecrop in UK and Europe

Aculus crassulae induced galls on Crassula helmsii at UK release site
A new study led by CABI scientists has confirmed that a tiny mite, Aculus crassulae, shows promise to be used as a more environmentally-friendly biological control agent against the aquatic weed Crassula helmsii in the UK and Europe. The research, published in the journal Biological Control, reveals that A. crassulae…
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CABI reports good progress made in 2021 as part of its work with the Better Cotton Initiative in Pakistan

"Better Cotton Project Sind, Pakistan"
CABI has reported good progress made against a range of key objectives as part of its work in 2021 to help Pakistan’s cotton farmers reduce annual losses of around $350m through poor production, transport and storage practices under the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Working with a range of partners, CABI…
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Study of ants suggests a need for better biodiversity conservation across agricultural land in the tropics

A new study, led by CABI scientist Dr Elizabeth Finch, is the first to investigate the impacts of swidden agriculture on ant communities across the full degradation gradient, highlighting the utmost importance of the conservation of existing closed canopy forests. Swidden agriculture, known more commonly as slash and burn agriculture,…
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