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

Will 2012 be remembered as the unofficial Year of Cassava?

16 May, 2012 by (comments)

It might be an abuse of artistic license, but 2012 might well be remembered as the first International Year of Cassava – in all but name. That’s because this year has already witnessed a sea change in the way the world regards this long-neglected crop. And it’s about time really: cassava feeds half-a-billion people in Africa every day, andRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Taking cassava beyond the cutting edge

11 May, 2012 by (comments)

Synthetic seeds could help farmers break pest and disease cycle A new project to produce synthetic seeds for cassava – one of the world’s most important food crops – could transform the way it is grown, and help protect smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America from devastating pests and disease outbreaks. The project by the International CenterRead More …

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

“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

Cassava in SE Asia – the emerging threats

13 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT entomologist Tony Bellotti gives an illuminating update on the cassava mealybug situation in Southeast Asia, and shares his thoughts on the importance of developing an Integrated Pest Management strategy to protect cassava farmers from this and other emerging pest and disease threats in the region. Click to watch.

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Wasp biocontrol project one of “seven stories that changed Bangkok in 2010”

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

News broadcaster CNN lists the release of parasitic wasp Anagyrus Lopezi to tackle Thailand’s devastating cassava mealybug outbreak as one of its Seven stories that changed Bangkok in 2010. Click to read more about the ambitious work of the Thai Department of Agriculture, the Thai Tapioca Development Institute, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and CIAT in swiftly diagnosingRead More …

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

Thai farmers aid spread of parasitic wasp

19 July, 2010 by (comments)

Thai cassava farmers came prepared for the official release of a swarm of parasitic wasps, which it is hoped will help the country tackle a devastating cassava mealybug epidemic. Some of them brought containers to collect their own samples of the tiny Anagyrus lopezi wasps. Around 400 farmers attended the release ceremony in northeastern Thailand on Saturday (July 18th),Read More …

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