April 21, 2014 / Week N° 17
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.
February 11th, 2014
After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.
January 28th, 2014
In the face of a devastating citrus disease, Brazil’s top production state has fought back with vigor.
January 10th, 2014
Australia’s Northern Territory government has set up another banana freckle eradication zone in the Virginia area.
January 7th, 2014
Chile’s new avocado industry leader has slammed the rigor of a pest risk analysis for Peruvian imports.
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.
November 22nd, 2013
Guarana fruit yields could skyrocket in Amazonas thanks to two new varieties developed in Brazil.
October 14th, 2013
Zespri CEO Lain Jager discusses the past season, conditions for the next kiwifruit crop, a Chinese focus and Chile’s frosts.
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.
August 16th, 2013
More EU interceptions of the controversial citrus black spot disease had been recorded for Argentina than South Africa.
August 13th, 2013
Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.
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.
July 17th, 2013
PROMECAFE and IICA have built an integrated plan to take on the serious problem of coffee rust.
May 31st, 2013
It is hoped that new Australian research into Fusarium wilt will help breed more resistant strawberry varieties.
February 13th, 2013
South Africa has its work cut out to overcome tightening European Union rules on citrus black spot disease.
January 31st, 2013
The source of coloring for some fruits may hold a key to preventing Lou Gehrig’s disease.
December 27th, 2012
Jon Lowy questions the intensity and frequency of kiwifruit vine disease sprays.
November 5th, 2012
A cost-benefit analysis has weighed in favor of Australian banana growers excluding bunchy top virus.
October 26th, 2012
Psa-V has appeared for the first time in New Zealand’s Kerikeri region.
October 19th, 2012
New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay Fruitgrowers Association is urging a multi-pronged approach to tackling disease Psa-V.
October 12th, 2012
Kiwifruit disease Psa-V has extended its reach in New Zealand to Hawkes Bay on the North Island’s southeast coast.
October 3rd, 2012
Bioversity International’s Dr Gus Molina discusses research efforts to mitigate the spread of Panama Disease Race 4.
September 20th, 2012
U.S. researchers have found laurel wilt is not spread by avocado fruit or seeds.
September 10th, 2012
Better control of banana disease Black Sigatoka in the Caribbean would foster economic and social stability.
August 31st, 2012
Mexican groups say there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to link their mangoes to the current salmonella outbreak.
August 30th, 2012
Foodborne illness lawyer Bill Marler slams the FDA’s slow response to the recent salmonella outbreak.
August 16th, 2012
Mexican researchers have developed microorganisms that fight a banana disease but lack the funding for field tests.
August 14th, 2012
Both Enza Gold and Zespri’s SunGold kiwifruit have shown signs they may not be so tolerant to Psa-V disease.
July 26th, 2012
The Australian banana industry has been left vulnerable by a territory government lifting quarantine restrictions.
July 13th, 2012
Dr Mark Hoddle explains how citrus greening can be controlled by natural biosecurity control methods.
July 9th, 2012
The discovery of citrus canker in a Thai-origin shipment of kaffir lime leaves has alarmed Australian growers.
July 5th, 2012
New Zealand scientist Russell Poulter draws conclusions after Psa sequencing from strains across four continents.
July 3rd, 2012
An independent report has revealed flaws in New Zealand’s processes for importing kiwifruit-related products.
June 29th, 2012
New Zealand kiwifruit growers most affected by Psa will get new financial help from the government.
June 19th, 2012
New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health has called for a national pest management strategy to combat disease Psa.
May 7th, 2012
Hungarian company SmartVineyard has big plans for its radar network technology that predicts diseases.
May 3rd, 2012
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has called to cut funding for an E.coli monitoring program.
April 2nd, 2012
HLB disease puts the world’s citrus industry under threat, but could immune GM trees be the answer?
March 20th, 2012
Growers in the Mexican state of Tabasco have resigned themselves to the entry of citrus disease HLB.
March 16th, 2012
New Zealand kiwifruit exporter Zespri has taken a hard stance on residues.
February 28th, 2012
New Zealand grower and exporter T &G posted losses last year due to Psa and the weak European economy.
January 31st, 2012
The Dominican Republic has stepped up measures to tackle Black Sigatoka disease in the country’s north.
January 23rd, 2012
NZ fruit company Turners & Growers’ land has depreciated in value due to the effects of vine disease Psa.
January 11th, 2012
U.S. researchers have found fungus Botrytis cinerea has become more resistant to pesticides on strawberries.
Chile is busy testing new fruit hybrids which it believes are key for strengthening its market position.
January 6th, 2012
The Chilean kiwifruit industry expects higher production as it gears up for a final report on Psa inspections.
January 5th, 2012
Panama Disease poses a significant threat to Asian banana crops, but the Filipino Government is taking action.
January 4th, 2012
Colombia’s banana production is down due to a lethal bacterium caused by heavy rains and high humidity.
December 27th, 2011
New Zealand researchers have found pollen and Italian fruit are unlikely causes of the country’s Psa-V outbreak.
December 14th, 2011
Lab tests have shown the Mexican state of Veracruz is HLB-free, following an isolated outbreak.
The New Zealand government has forecast gold kiwifruit production could fall by up to two thirds in 2012.
December 12th, 2011
New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health has spent the majority of the funds allocated for fighting Psa-V disease.
December 7th, 2011
New Zealand kiwifruit growers are considering cutting back gold orchards, but there are ‘glimmers of hope’.
November 29th, 2011
An isolated case of Psa-V has been found in south Auckland, far from New Zealand’s existing Priority Zones.
November 9th, 2011
New Zealand’s Nelson region is banning imports on budwood and pollen to prevent the entry of Psa-V disease.
November 8th, 2011
Chilean inspectors have started examining kiwifruit orchards in the Maule region for Psa-V.
November 4th, 2011
New Zealand scientists are testing a product that can boost plant tolerance to kiwifruit vine disease Psa.
October 27th, 2011
Mexican authorities have put tough protocols in place to halt the spread of citrus greening disease.
October 21st, 2011
Chile’s kiwifruit orchards are being extensively tested for the possible presence of Psa-V.
October 18th, 2011
Industry expert Dick Spezzano says Latin American melon exports will likely struggle in the U.S. this year.
Turners & Growers has put aside its appeal against kiwifruit exporter Zespri due to New Zealand’s struggles with Psa.
October 7th, 2011
A U.S. study has found blueberry powder reduces the size of breast tumors significantly in mice.
September 28th, 2011
Staff at New Zealand company Seeka have been asked to volunteer for redundancy before the end of this week.
September 27th, 2011
Citrus greening disease could lead to extensive crop conversion in Mexico, particularly with key limes.
September 21st, 2011
A fungal banana disease has wiped out 1,200 hectares of plantations in the Philippines, with growers fearful it will spread.
September 15th, 2011
New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health has announced a new Priority Zone for kiwifruit vine disease Psa-V.
August 26th, 2011
A New Zealand taskforce has found eye-opening results from genomic sequencing of kiwifruit vine disease Psa.
The FDA has issued an Import Alert warning for Mexican papayas, with heightened security measures over Salmonella concerns.
August 25th, 2011
New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) and exporter Zespri plan to launch a new pre-flowering spray to fight Psa.
Del Monte has taken the FDA to court over canteloupe import changes due to suspected Salmonella contamination.
August 18th, 2011
The Mexican state of Durango has been put on alert to prevent the entry of citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB).
August 15th, 2011
After 15 years of legal battles, Dole has agreed to compensate former workers claiming health damages from pesticides.
August 12th, 2011
New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has found 19 more plots of land with Psa disease over the past week.
August 9th, 2011
University of Sydney professor Dr David Guest questions whether ‘acceptable risk’ is just biological nonesense.
August 4th, 2011
A mini helicopter monitoring technology could change the face of horticulture management.
July 27th, 2011
Texan distributor Agromod Produce Inc has voluntarily recalled its Mexican-grown papayas due to a salmonella scare.
July 7th, 2011
Black Sigatoka disease and poor weather conditions led to a fall in Honduran banana production in April.
July 5th, 2011
New Zealand kiwifruit company Zespri has formed a partnership with U.S. bacteriophage producer OmniLytics Incorporated.
June 29th, 2011
Black Sigatoka has raised alarm in Ecuador with 95% of the country’s banana crops affected by the disease.
June 28th, 2011
Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani talks high volumes, tough competition and HLB protection.
June 23rd, 2011
Brazil has cut down 10 million citrus trees since 2004 to fight a disease that knows no borders.
June 17th, 2011
New Zealand kiwifruit company Seeka is confident a solution will be found for the country’s Psa outbreak.
June 16th, 2011
Plans are underway in New Zealand to develop a Psa heat treatment on a commercial scale.
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.
June 7th, 2011
An Antarctic micro-organism could be used to combat apple decay in cold storage.
June 6th, 2011
The New Zealand Government plans to fund at least half of readiness and response programmes.
May 23rd, 2011
New Zealand kiwifruit company Zespri has recorded higher sales but lower profit due to PSA disease.
May 20th, 2011
The insect that carries citrus greening disease has been found in the Argentine province of Tucumán.
May 16th, 2011
International pistachio growers will be watching how the Australian industry handles a unique anthracnose outbreak that has decimated crops.
May 4th, 2011
Citrus greening disease presents a serious threat to Dominican Republic growers, with 34,000 plants already destroyed.
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.
April 27th, 2011
Citrus greening disease could spread to 330,000 hectares of Mexican citrus crops if action is not taken, says SENASICA.
April 26th, 2011
An outbreak of banana blight disease in five of Burundi’s 17 provinces has raised alarms over food security.
February 21st, 2011
A Brazilian research group aims to tackle black sigatoka disease in banana plantations, with a new study applying bio fertilizers.
February 3rd, 2011
Mexican anti-weevil research successful but still in the patenting process
February 1st, 2011
Measures to protect industry include border control, grower education
December 15th, 2010
Citrus entering U.S. must have more documentation to prevent spread of sweet orange scab, USDA says
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
December 3rd, 2010
New plantings with certified stock part of strategy to contain disease.
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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