Cassava mealybug awareness campaign launched in Vietnam

15 July, 2015 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang A campaign to raise awareness about the destructive cassava mealybug has been launched in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. Organized by the local Plant Protection Sub-Department (PPSD) and the national Agricultural Extension Center, the launch was attended by representatives from departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Extension and Plant Protection, the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT),Read More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

Virtual “digi-hub” forum to discuss pest and disease threat

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang A virtual platform was launched in April to discuss crop protection relevant to Southeast Asia – a first for regional experts. With only 15 participants physically in Ban Me Thuot City, Dak Lak province in central Vietnam, the workshop titled “Cassava health in Southeast Asia: the way forward,” succeeded in bringing together 12 different institutions from theRead More …

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Tiny wasps make big news

25 November, 2014 by (comments)

When CIAT’s Kris Wyckhuys and Bogor Agricultural University’s Aunu Rauf unleashed around 3,000 tiny parasitic wasps into a field cage in Indonesia in September, little could they have imagined the big news these tiny creatures would whip up. From the Financial Times, Bloomberg TV and the Wall Street Journal to local language outlets like Kompas, an international audience wanted to know what this “SWAT team”,Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

New video: Managing mealybugs in cassava

24 July, 2014 by (comments)

Across the world, cassava is grown for its edible, starchy tubers. In Asia, cassava has been free from major problems for a long time. But recently, the crop has been threatened by new pests and diseases spreading rapidly. Mealybugs are one of them. Mealybugs first appeared in Thailand in 2009 and provoked drastic yields reduction in infested fields. Indeed,Read More …

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CIAT featured in Vietnam News

13 December, 2013 by (comments)

Vietnam’s National English Newspaper Vietnam News features an article to highlight a training initiative led by CIAT to raise awareness of new and invasive threats to cassava in the region. Top international experts from Finland, Colombia, Australia, the US and Southeast Asia discussed methods to control invasive mealybug infestation on cassava and other plants at a three-day workshop supported by theRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media

RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Tony Bellotti: 1937 – 2013

5 March, 2013 by (comments)

It’s an amazing privilege to have a private audience with a world authority on a particular subject – no matter how niche. And when it came to cassava entomology, Tony Bellotti was definitely the man. With over forty years of research under his belt and more than 300 scientific papers, there are few others who know as much aboutRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en