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Tropical Race 4 (TR4) of Fusarium wilt: Expanded Threat to Global Banana Production

Bananas (Musa spp.), including dessert banana, plantain, and cooking banana, are the eighth most important food crop in the world, and the fourth most important in the least developed countries (FAOSTAT, 2013). However the crop is vulnerable to a number of diseases, including...[more]

Making communities aware of risks from pesticides

From 17 to 21 of March 2014, the FAO/EU partnership project on "Improved pesticides and chemicals management in the Former Soviet Union" held a training on awareness raising and communication in Chisinau, Moldova.The course brought together representatives of national NGOs and...[more]

EU and FAO working together to improve pesticides and chemicals management in the former Soviet Union

The FAO-EU partnership project on pesticide management in the former Soviet Union has now been active for two years. This initiative aims to act as a catalyst for the development capacity linked to the improved management of obsolete pesticide and hazardous waste and by...[more]

FAO collaborates in fight against coffee rust disease in Central America

FAO is collaborating with partners in Central America in the fight against coffee rust, a disease currently posing a serious threat to the region’s coffee crop.Representatives from agriculture ministries and institutions working on coffee met for a regional workshop co-organized...[more]

Inauguration of upgraded greenhouse facility for surveillance of wheat rust diseases

Wheat rust diseases are economically the most important diseases of wheat occurring almost in all wheat growing regions. These fungal pathogens frequently evolve and produce new races which can attack the wheat varieties that may have been resistant previously. The race Ug99 of...[more]

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...[more]

Workshops on Management of Wheat Rust Diseases in Morocco and Turkey

Wheat rust diseases: planning and rapid surveillance are the keys to efficient management[more]

Regional Symposium on the Management of Fruit Flies in Near East Countries

The Regional Symposium on the Management of Fruit Flies in Near East Countries, Hammamet, Tunisia, 6-8 November 2012, was organized jointly by FAO, FAO-IAEA, AAEA, NEPPO, IOBC North Africa Commission, DG Plant Protection in Tunisia and the Tunisian Association of Plant...[more]

Wheat rust diseases: preparedness and prevention is key

Contingency Planning for Management of Wheat Rust DiseasesWheat rust diseases are among the major constraints of wheat in South Asia as well as in other parts of the world. Rust diseases are airborne and respect no boundaries. They can spread over borders and cause significant...[more]

Regional Symposium on the Management of Fruit Flies in Near East Countries

Globally, fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae) are one of the most agriculturally important families of insects. About 70 species of fruit flies are considered important agricultural pests, causing very high losses every year. Fruit flies attack fruits of many important crops,...[more]

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