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

“Seek-and-destroy” protein could sound the death knell for cassava viruses

1 November, 2012 by (comments)

A new CIAT project to develop an advanced self-defence reflex for cassava could enable the crop to resist devastating attacks from some of its most damaging pathogens. If you’re a regular reader of the CIAT blog, you’ll know by now that cassava is the second–most important food crop in Africa, a staple in South America, and a vital industrialRead More …

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