Culture of resistance: could friendly fungi offer a helping hand to beans and cassava?

2 November, 2012 by (comments)

Friendly fungi could be the new secret weapon for boosting the resilience of beans and cassava to pest attacks. Scientists at CIAT and the US Department of Agriculture hope to fight the seed-drilling bean weevil and dreaded, sap-sucking cassava mealybug by introducing a particular strain of fungus to live inside the crops. Fungi have long been used in organicRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website

Colombian coffee takes a hit

20 January, 2011 by (comments)

Coffee farmers in Colombia are counting the cost of several consecutive seasons of unfavourable weather, which has affected crops across the country. As well as rains falling during flowering causing a drop in coffee yields, the increasing problems of coffee rust and infestations of the coffee pod borer have also ruined crops. Click to read Colombian coffee growers faceRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions