July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Disease

Raspberries may be culprit in Australian Hep A outbreak

February 18th, 2015

The Australian distributor that recalled frozen berry products is concentrating on raspberries from a specific source in China as a possible cause of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.

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China intercepts fungus in Chilean blueberry shipment

December 12th, 2014

Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.

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U.S. may allow South African citrus from black spot-infested areas

August 29th, 2014

U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.

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NZ: new reports of Psa symptoms as spring draws closer

August 22nd, 2014

Kiwifruit vines in New Zealand’s Katikati and Opotiki regions have shown increased Psa symptoms recently.

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First CBS interception in Europe “disappointing” for South African citrus growers

July 21st, 2014

South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.

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Russia gets tough on produce imports from Moldova, Israel

July 15th, 2014

Russia has continued its run of announcements that have put foreign produce exporters on alert.

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EU: citrus black spot interceptions still at zero in June

July 15th, 2014

The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.

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Mexico strengthens southern border against agricultural threats

July 11th, 2014

Mexico has spent US$22 million on building and upgrading border facilities to prevent the entry of exotic pests and diseases.

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New unreported papaya disease identified in Ecuador

June 30th, 2014

A new papaya virus has been found in Ecuador, but the man who discovered it says growers need not be alarmed just yet.

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Brazil: Fundecitrus releases HLB presence forecast

June 26th, 2014

Forecasts for the potential expansion of HLB in São Paulo do not look good for growers.

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U.S.: Asian citrus psyllid quarantine zone expands in Tulare

June 11th, 2014

A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.

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U.S. researchers use frog eggs to find cause of grapevine disease

May 15th, 2014

Research by the University of Missouri has revealed a cause of powdery mildew on grapevines using frog eggs.

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New research into mango consumption shows excellent results

May 14th, 2014

Could mango consumption be key to treating various human diseases? New research on animals is very promising.

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Belgian lab a diverse safeguard against ‘bananageddon’

April 9th, 2014

While media reports have sparked fears over a ‘bananapocalypse’, a group of Belgian researchers is taking a more staid approach to protecting one of the world’s leading crops.

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EU tightening could pose “huge danger” for global citrus industry

February 11th, 2014

After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.

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Brazil: Sao Paulo boasts HLB success story

January 28th, 2014

In the face of a devastating citrus disease, Brazil’s top production state has fought back with vigor.

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Australian territory raises funding for banana freckle fight

January 10th, 2014

Australia’s Northern Territory government has set up another banana freckle eradication zone in the Virginia area.

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Chilean growers take govt to court over Peruvian avocado entry

January 7th, 2014

Chile’s new avocado industry leader has slammed the rigor of a pest risk analysis for Peruvian imports.

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European authorities tackle new pest in Italy

November 27th, 2013

The European Food Safety Authority is taking steps to handle the first field outbreak of Pierce’s disease in the European Union.

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Brazil releases disease-resistant guarana varieties

November 22nd, 2013

Guarana fruit yields could skyrocket in Amazonas thanks to two new varieties developed in Brazil.

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NZ: Zespri sees less Psa expression in kiwifruit vines

October 14th, 2013

Zespri CEO Lain Jager discusses the past season, conditions for the next kiwifruit crop, a Chinese focus and Chile’s frosts.

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U.S.: new Florida cultivars show citrus greening tolerance

October 1st, 2013

University of Florida citrus rootstocks have shown HLB-tolerance, but it is yet to be seen how they perform in large-scale trials.

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EU: more black spot interceptions for Argentina than South Africa

August 16th, 2013

More EU interceptions of the controversial citrus black spot disease had been recorded for Argentina than South Africa.

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Australian authorities intercept citrus pest in curry leaves

August 13th, 2013

Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.

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U.S.: more information needed on cyclospora source, says PMA

August 1st, 2013

The PMA’s Dr Bob Whitaker was surprised to hear a link between tropical disease cyclospora and bagged salad was made in two U.S. states.

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Central America’s coffee rust crisis

July 17th, 2013

PROMECAFE and IICA have built an integrated plan to take on the serious problem of coffee rust.

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Australia: study shows how strawberries fight Fusarium wilt

May 31st, 2013

It is hoped that new Australian research into Fusarium wilt will help breed more resistant strawberry varieties.

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South Africa hopes for better EU rules on citrus black spot

February 13th, 2013

South Africa has its work cut out to overcome tightening European Union rules on citrus black spot disease.

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Bright fruits may hold off Lou Gehrig’s disease

January 31st, 2013

The source of coloring for some fruits may hold a key to preventing Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Opinion: getting through Psa dark days with lighter sprays

December 27th, 2012

Jon Lowy questions the intensity and frequency of kiwifruit vine disease sprays.

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Australian banana study makes case for BBTV control

November 5th, 2012

A cost-benefit analysis has weighed in favor of Australian banana growers excluding bunchy top virus.

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New Psa-V spread “big blow” to Kerikeri growers

October 26th, 2012

Psa-V has appeared for the first time in New Zealand’s Kerikeri region.

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NZ: Psa detection “reinvigorates” Hawkes Bay fight against disease

October 19th, 2012

New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay Fruitgrowers Association is urging a multi-pronged approach to tackling disease Psa-V.

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NZ: kiwifruit disease Psa-V detected further south

October 12th, 2012

Kiwifruit disease Psa-V has extended its reach in New Zealand to Hawkes Bay on the North Island’s southeast coast.

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Panama disease R4 ‘will not kill’ banana industry

October 3rd, 2012

Bioversity International’s Dr Gus Molina discusses research efforts to mitigate the spread of Panama Disease Race 4.


U.S.: Florida researchers make avocado disease breakthrough

September 20th, 2012

U.S. researchers have found laurel wilt is not spread by avocado fruit or seeds.

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Opinion: the Caribbean’s challenge to control Black Sigatoka

September 10th, 2012

Better control of banana disease Black Sigatoka in the Caribbean would foster economic and social stability.

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Mexican mango sector attacks ‘unfounded rumors’

August 31st, 2012

Mexican groups say there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to link their mangoes to the current salmonella outbreak.

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Opinion: the dire state of FDA recall announcement delays

August 30th, 2012

Foodborne illness lawyer Bill Marler slams the FDA’s slow response to the recent salmonella outbreak.

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Mexican Black Sigatoka control project hits financial roadblock

August 16th, 2012

Mexican researchers have developed microorganisms that fight a banana disease but lack the funding for field tests.

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NZ kiwifruit packers find Psa symptoms in ‘tolerant’ varieties

August 14th, 2012

Both Enza Gold and Zespri’s SunGold kiwifruit have shown signs they may not be so tolerant to Psa-V disease.

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Australian banana growers ‘outraged’ over quarantine lifting decision

July 26th, 2012

The Australian banana industry has been left vulnerable by a territory government lifting quarantine restrictions.

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Opinion: how parasitoids can fight HLB-spreading insects

July 13th, 2012

Dr Mark Hoddle explains how citrus greening can be controlled by natural biosecurity control methods.

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Citrus Australia calls for tighter controls after canker scare

July 9th, 2012

The discovery of citrus canker in a Thai-origin shipment of kaffir lime leaves has alarmed Australian growers.

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NZ scientist warns of multiple Chinese Psa strain threat

July 5th, 2012

New Zealand scientist Russell Poulter draws conclusions after Psa sequencing from strains across four continents.

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Independent report reveals shortcomings of NZ import systems

July 3rd, 2012

An independent report has revealed flaws in New Zealand’s processes for importing kiwifruit-related products.

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NZ: Psa-striken kiwifruit farmers could get new cash aid

June 29th, 2012

New Zealand kiwifruit growers most affected by Psa will get new financial help from the government.

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NZ: learning Europe’s lessons from Psa

June 19th, 2012

New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health has called for a national pest management strategy to combat disease Psa.

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Hungarian farm monitoring technology comes to Chile, U.S.

May 7th, 2012

Hungarian company SmartVineyard has big plans for its radar network technology that predicts diseases.

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USDA microbiological data program could be scrapped

May 3rd, 2012

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has called to cut funding for an E.coli monitoring program.

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U.S.: GM citrus trees show HLB disease resistance

April 2nd, 2012

HLB disease puts the world’s citrus industry under threat, but could immune GM trees be the answer?

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Mexico: Tabasco citrus growers gearing up for HLB emergency response

March 20th, 2012

Growers in the Mexican state of Tabasco have resigned themselves to the entry of citrus disease HLB.

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NZ: Zespri issues Streptomycin warning to kiwifruit growers

March 16th, 2012

New Zealand kiwifruit exporter Zespri has taken a hard stance on residues.

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T&G posts US$15.9 million losses for 2011 due to Psa-V

February 28th, 2012

New Zealand grower and exporter T &G posted losses last year due to Psa and the weak European economy.

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Dominican Republic raises stakes in banana disease fight

January 31st, 2012

The Dominican Republic has stepped up measures to tackle Black Sigatoka disease in the country’s north.

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NZ: T&G to write down US$17M in assets

January 23rd, 2012

NZ fruit company Turners & Growers’ land has depreciated in value due to the effects of vine disease Psa.

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U.S.: pesticide resistance growing in strawberries

January 11th, 2012

U.S. researchers have found fungus Botrytis cinerea has become more resistant to pesticides on strawberries.

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Chile looks to new fruit varieties to boost exports

January 11th, 2012

Chile is busy testing new fruit hybrids which it believes are key for strengthening its market position.

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Nobody wins with Psa disease, says Chilean kiwifruit chief

January 6th, 2012

The Chilean kiwifruit industry expects higher production as it gears up for a final report on Psa inspections.

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Filipino govt to distribute Panama disease-free banana seeds

January 5th, 2012

Panama Disease poses a significant threat to Asian banana crops, but the Filipino Government is taking action.

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Colombia’s banana producers hit by ‘deadly’ Moko bacteria

January 4th, 2012

Colombia’s banana production is down due to a lethal bacterium caused by heavy rains and high humidity.

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NZ research suggests Psa outbreak may have come from China

December 27th, 2011

New Zealand researchers have found pollen and Italian fruit are unlikely causes of the country’s Psa-V outbreak.

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Mexico: Veracruz declared HLB-free

December 14th, 2011

Lab tests have shown the Mexican state of Veracruz is HLB-free, following an isolated outbreak.

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NZ govt releases Psa impact estimates

December 14th, 2011

The New Zealand government has forecast gold kiwifruit production could fall by up to two thirds in 2012.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Vine Health expects US$40M+ in Psa expenditures

December 12th, 2011

New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health has spent the majority of the funds allocated for fighting Psa-V disease.

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NZ kiwfruit growers could cut back gold variety vines in Te Puke

December 7th, 2011

New Zealand kiwifruit growers are considering cutting back gold orchards, but there are ‘glimmers of hope’.

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NZ kiwifruit vine disease hits Auckland

November 29th, 2011

An isolated case of Psa-V has been found in south Auckland, far from New Zealand’s existing Priority Zones.

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NZ kiwifruit region raises Psa-V defense line

November 9th, 2011

New Zealand’s Nelson region is banning imports on budwood and pollen to prevent the entry of Psa-V disease.

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Chile starts kiwifruit inspections for Psa-V disease

November 8th, 2011

Chilean inspectors have started examining kiwifruit orchards in the Maule region for Psa-V.

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NZ: new product to boost kiwifruit vine disease immunity

November 4th, 2011

New Zealand scientists are testing a product that can boost plant tolerance to kiwifruit vine disease Psa.

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Mexican region on red alert with HLB citrus tests

October 27th, 2011

Mexican authorities have put tough protocols in place to halt the spread of citrus greening disease.

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Chile tests kiwifruit orchards for Psa virus

October 21st, 2011

Chile’s kiwifruit orchards are being extensively tested for the possible presence of Psa-V.

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Latin American melon farmers could suffer from U.S. disease scare

October 18th, 2011

Industry expert Dick Spezzano says Latin American melon exports will likely struggle in the U.S. this year.

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NZ: Psa pressure pushes T&G to withdraw Zespri appeal

October 18th, 2011

Turners & Growers has put aside its appeal against kiwifruit exporter Zespri due to New Zealand’s struggles with Psa.

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Blueberry powder fights breast cancer, study shows

October 7th, 2011

A U.S. study has found blueberry powder reduces the size of breast tumors significantly in mice.

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NZ: Psa disease drives Seeka staff cut

September 28th, 2011

Staff at New Zealand company Seeka have been asked to volunteer for redundancy before the end of this week.

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Mexico: HLB won’t be eradicated, say authorities

September 27th, 2011

Citrus greening disease could lead to extensive crop conversion in Mexico, particularly with key limes.

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Filipino banana growers fear fungal outbreak

September 21st, 2011

A fungal banana disease has wiped out 1,200 hectares of plantations in the Philippines, with growers fearful it will spread.

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New isolated priority zone for NZ kiwifruit vine disease

September 15th, 2011

New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health has announced a new Priority Zone for kiwifruit vine disease Psa-V.

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NZ: Psa taskforce makes ‘stunning’ discovery

August 26th, 2011

A New Zealand taskforce has found eye-opening results from genomic sequencing of kiwifruit vine disease Psa.

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FDA issues Import Alert over Mexican papayas

August 26th, 2011

The FDA has issued an Import Alert warning for Mexican papayas, with heightened security measures over Salmonella concerns.

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NZ to launch new spray option for Psa-hit kiwifruit vines

August 25th, 2011

New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) and exporter Zespri plan to launch a new pre-flowering spray to fight Psa.

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Del Monte takes FDA to court over new canteloupe rules

August 25th, 2011

Del Monte has taken the FDA to court over canteloupe import changes due to suspected Salmonella contamination.

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Mexican state on HLB alert

August 18th, 2011

The Mexican state of Durango has been put on alert to prevent the entry of citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB).

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Dole to compensate Central American workers

August 15th, 2011

After 15 years of legal battles, Dole has agreed to compensate former workers claiming health damages from pesticides.

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NZ kiwifruit disease priority zone expands

August 12th, 2011

New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has found 19 more plots of land with Psa disease over the past week.

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Opinion: the flaws of ‘acceptable’ biosecurity risk

August 9th, 2011

University of Sydney professor Dr David Guest questions whether ‘acceptable risk’ is just biological nonesense.

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Mini ‘crop copter’ to cut costs for SH growers

August 4th, 2011

A mini helicopter monitoring technology could change the face of horticulture management.

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Mexican papayas linked to U.S. salmonella outbreak

July 27th, 2011

Texan distributor Agromod Produce Inc has voluntarily recalled its Mexican-grown papayas due to a salmonella scare.

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Pests and rain hit Honduran banana crops

July 7th, 2011

Black Sigatoka disease and poor weather conditions led to a fall in Honduran banana production in April.

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NZ: Zespri forms U.S. partnership in Psa fight

July 5th, 2011

New Zealand kiwifruit company Zespri has formed a partnership with U.S. bacteriophage producer OmniLytics Incorporated.

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Ecuador’s banana growers in tough spot with Sigatoka

June 29th, 2011

Black Sigatoka has raised alarm in Ecuador with 95% of the country’s banana crops affected by the disease.

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Profitability under pressure for Aussie citrus

June 28th, 2011

Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani talks high volumes, tough competition and HLB protection.

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Brazil’s citrus greening lessons: ‘there is no cure’, just management

June 23rd, 2011

Brazil has cut down 10 million citrus trees since 2004 to fight a disease that knows no borders.

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NZ: Seeka ‘encouraged’ by Psa taskforce results

June 17th, 2011

New Zealand kiwifruit company Seeka is confident a solution will be found for the country’s Psa outbreak.

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Potential breakthrough for NZ vine killer research

June 16th, 2011

Plans are underway in New Zealand to develop a Psa heat treatment on a commercial scale.

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Australian treatment could have saved Europe’s E. coli victims

June 9th, 2011

An Australian scientist says an E. coli treatment was developed in the 90’s but no one was interested in commercializing it.

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Uruguayan scientists find apple decay pathogen fighter

June 7th, 2011

An Antarctic micro-organism could be used to combat apple decay in cold storage.

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HortNZ hails govt biosecurity funding plan

June 6th, 2011

The New Zealand Government plans to fund at least half of readiness and response programmes.

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Zespri records higher grower returns

May 23rd, 2011

New Zealand kiwifruit company Zespri has recorded higher sales but lower profit due to PSA disease.

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HLB insect found in global lemon capital

May 20th, 2011

The insect that carries citrus greening disease has been found in the Argentine province of Tucumán.

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Aussie pistachio industry to ‘spray and pray’ against disease

May 16th, 2011

International pistachio growers will be watching how the Australian industry handles a unique anthracnose outbreak that has decimated crops.

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Dominican Republic HLB outbreak leaves 5000 unemployed

May 4th, 2011

Citrus greening disease presents a serious threat to Dominican Republic growers, with 34,000 plants already destroyed.

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Anthracnose cracks Aussie pistachios

April 29th, 2011

An outbreak of fungal anthracnose disease has led to a disastrous Australian pistachio season this year, triggering discussions about the fragility of monoculture farming.

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HLB disease could affect 60% of Mexico’s citrus industry

April 27th, 2011

Citrus greening disease could spread to 330,000 hectares of Mexican citrus crops if action is not taken, says SENASICA.

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Burundi banana blight breakout

April 26th, 2011

An outbreak of banana blight disease in five of Burundi’s 17 provinces has raised alarms over food security.

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Brazilian research group targets banana disease

February 21st, 2011

A Brazilian research group aims to tackle black sigatoka disease in banana plantations, with a new study applying bio fertilizers.


Mexico develops biological control against leaf-rolling weevils

February 3rd, 2011

Mexican anti-weevil research successful but still in the patenting process

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Argentina creates HLB-prevention program

February 1st, 2011

Measures to protect industry include border control, grower education

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Mexican sweet limes allowed in U.S. again after rule change

December 15th, 2010

Citrus entering U.S. must have more documentation to prevent spread of sweet orange scab, USDA says

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U.S. authorities turning back Mexican limes

December 14th, 2010

The shipments of Persian limes to the United States had been accepted without incident until Dec. 6, when U.S. officials started rejecting imports due to the presence of a disease called sweet orange scab

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Citrus disease HLB affects 10% of lemon plantings in Colima, Mexico

December 3rd, 2010

New plantings with certified stock part of strategy to contain disease.

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New Zealand kiwi industry to form PSA-focused organization

November 29th, 2010

The organization does not yet have a name but will incorporate industry and government representatives to plan a management strategy of the kiwi vine disease PSA.

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New Zealand examines pollen link in PSA outbreak

November 23rd, 2010

Positive test results on a few pollen samples suggest that the disease has been in New Zealand for a few years, and prompt an industry group to call for a ban on pollen imports.

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New Zealand government, kiwi industry set aside NZD 50 million to fight PSA

November 19th, 2010

While eradication is almost impossible, the funds will focus on cutting back infected vines, increased spraying and some compensation to growers.

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PSA confirmed outside of Te Puke area in New Zealand

November 17th, 2010

Test results show that the kiwi vine disease PSA has now spread outside the Te Puke area in the Bay of Plenty, confirming fears that the disease is more widespread than just one growing zone.

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New Zealand’s list of PSA infected kiwi orchards grows to 13

November 16th, 2010

Kiwi vine disease impacted around 500 hectares as the government puts its focus on “aggressive containment” in order to combat a island wide break out.

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New Zealand kiwi vine disease reports multiply outside original site

November 11th, 2010

Officials with New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) have expanded their search for the kiwi vine bacteria PSA outside of the Bay of Plenty where the first case was reported, local media said.

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Second New Zealand kiwi orchard quarantined due to PSA

November 10th, 2010

A second kiwi orchard in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty has been placed on quarantine after more evidence of the kiwi plant disease known as PSA was found.

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New Zealand kiwi vine disease confirmed

November 9th, 2010

New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry confirmed that a kiwi bacterial disease has been found in an orchard in the Bay of Plenty, according to local news reports

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