Fighting Asia’s alien invasions

4 June, 2015 by (comments)

Our global resource base is fragile. As demand for food, animal feed and fuel is on the rise, together with growing global populations, farmers need to produce more food on less land. The earth is struggling to keep up, as soil fertility and environmental health are degrading. Our environment can fight for itself. For thousands of years, complex ecosystems have evolved,Read More …

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Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava

3 February, 2014 by (comments)

The online magazine New Agriculturist recently published the article: Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava, outlining CIAT’s renewed efforts to contain and clamp-down on emerging pests and diseases threatening cassava production with partners in Southeast Asia. A key threat, cassava witches’ broom disease, threatens up to 40 million smallholder farmers in the region who depend on the crop for theirRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

Action now, warn experts, as pests threaten Indonesia’s food security crop

14 December, 2013 by (comments)

If there’s one thing being at the top of the food chain affords you, it’s time. Time spent combating what could potentially wipe you out of existence can be much more productively spent on other things – like eating. And eating is what one major pest has done a lot of since it arrived in West Java, Indonesia. DiscoveringRead More …

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

Clamp-down launched on devastating threats to starch crop

3 December, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are ramping up efforts to contain and clamp-down on serious pests and diseases threatening “devastating” impact on a leading food security, cash and bio-energy crop in Southeast Asia. In the region, cassava is the third largest source of calories after rice and maize, and an important food crop, particularly in Indonesia. The crop supports an estimated 40 millionRead More …

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

“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Scientists home in on insect genome to debug sick plants

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Pesticides that target only disease-vectors and not beneficial pollinating insects could be the outcome of a new genome-sequencing initiative, the BBC reports. The 5000 Insect and Other Arthropod Genome initiative, initiated by scientists from several important public and private research institutes from the US and the UK, aims to sequence the genomes of 5000 insects and other arthropods primarilyRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en