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ITALY: Puglia Invests in Early Detection of Olive Tree Diseases and Pests

ITALY: Puglia Invests in Early Detection of Olive Tree Diseases and Pests | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Le blocage, pendant plusieurs jours, du canal de Suez par le porte-conteneurs Ever Given a suscité beaucoup de commentaires, à propos du gigantisme des navires de commerce, symboles pour certains des excès d’une mondialisation à défaire. Si les chaînes de valeur méritent d’être rétrécies et que la relocalisation de certaines productions permettrait de réduire des vulnérabilités commerciales, il n’en demeure pas moins que les échanges internationaux restent nécessaires. Cela vaut dans le domaine agricole et alimentaire, où le rôle de la mer doit être souligné.

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SYRIA: Safaa Kumari: Nurturing seeds of hope

SYRIA: Safaa Kumari: Nurturing seeds of hope | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The BBC has recognized the work of a Syrian plant virologist, whose research is saving the fava bean from a deadly virus.

Syrian plant virologist, Safaa Kumari, has spent a career saving essential dryland crops from deadly viruses. Now, her work on finding virus-resistant plant varieties and safeguarding important seeds has been recognised by the BBC’s 100 Women 2020 award.

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Italy: Xylella Outbreak in Apulian Buffer Zone Puts Millenary Trees at Risk

Italy: Xylella Outbreak in Apulian Buffer Zone Puts Millenary Trees at Risk | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

One of the most rel­e­vant olive oil pro­duc­ing areas in the south­ern Italian region of Puglia is once again under the attack from Xylella fas­tidiosa.
A new out­break of the deadly plant pathogen has been dis­cov­ered by the Italian author­i­ties in sev­eral olive trees close to Monopoli, in what is con­sid­ered the epi­demic buffer zone, a crit­i­cal mon­i­tor­ing area located between the infected and the safe zones.

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Thousands of Jobs Lost in Italian Olive Oil Sector, Farmers Group Warns

Thousands of Jobs Lost in Italian Olive Oil Sector, Farmers Group Warns | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Coldiretti says 100,000 jobs have been lost in the olive oil supply chain as adverse weather and Xylella fastidiosa crippled the country’s olive oil yield.
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The farmer who's beating pests - the natural way

The farmer who's beating pests - the natural way | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers have adapted their cultivation and pruning methods, relying more on local wild flora and only using pesticides as a last resort, according to young farmer John Gauci.
Born into a family of farmers, the 25-year-old is the youngest of three siblings – and the only one – who opted to study agriculture.

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Factsheet on Xylella fastidiosa - International Plant Protection Convention

Factsheet on Xylella fastidiosa - International Plant Protection Convention | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The IPPC Secretariat has just published a new factsheet on the IPP Media Kit: Facing the threat of Xylella fastidiosatogether.
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Panic over the red devils threatening to strip Tunisia of its grand palm trees

Panic over the red devils threatening to strip Tunisia of its grand palm trees | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A red palm weevil infestation is decimating trees and posing a threat to the country’s date crop, a mainstay of the fragile economy. It’s an unlikely but very real crisis for a country with a teetering economy: a tiny red devil is invading Tunisia and it could cost hundreds of thousands of people their livelihoods.

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OLIVE SECTOR: New Tool Could Stop the Spread of Main Xylella Fastidiosa Vector

OLIVE SECTOR: New Tool Could Stop the Spread of Main Xylella Fastidiosa Vector | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Using sound vibrations, researchers may be able to disrupt the mating of spittlebugs in olive groves. Agriculture groups are calling for more research.
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Italy: Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves

Italy: Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Olive grow­ers are cel­e­brat­ing ​“a sign of hope and rebirth” after har­vest­ing healthy olives from trees recently rein­tro­duced to the Xylella fas­tidiosa-rav­aged region of Puglia.
Farmers from Casarano, a com­mune located close to Lecce at the heel of Italy’s boot, have har­vested olives from their two-year-old trees belong­ing to the Favolosa cul­ti­var (or Fs-17).

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Southern Italy - Xylella Update: Spread Continues Amid Calls for Swift Action

Southern Italy - Xylella Update: Spread Continues Amid Calls for Swift Action | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The lat­est Xylella fas­tidiosa out­break in Puglia showed how eas­ily the bac­te­ria spreads beyond the already iden­ti­fied areas of con­tain­ment and obser­va­tion.
"We need to change the approach and inten­sify both pre­ven­tion and inter­ven­tion activ­i­ties." - Coldiretti, Ital­ian Farm­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion

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Swimming Against the Current: Sustainable Agriculture in an Age of Commercial Farming

Swimming Against the Current: Sustainable Agriculture in an Age of Commercial Farming | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farming today has become very commercial and competitive. Farmers are no longer growing crops for the welfare of themselves or the welfare of the people. Industrial agriculture has taken over farmers ever since the beginning of the green revolution – or rather, the farmers have taken over industrial agriculture. From our experience it is difficult to wean the farmers since universities are also hand in glove with the industries promoting the industrialisation of agriculture.

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Insect Can Be Effective Predator of Meadow Spittlebug Vector of Xylella

Insect Can Be Effective Predator of Meadow Spittlebug Vector of Xylella | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
An entomologist found evidence that North American insect can be used to limit the presence of Meadows Spittlebugs vectors of the Xylella fastidiosa CoDiRO strain on olive trees.
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Beetle Could Pose New Threat to Olive Trees

Beetle Could Pose New Threat to Olive Trees | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from Ohio’s Wright State University has discovered that the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is capable of completing development on olive trees, making it the second official non-ash species of plant that can host the insect. While EAB previously only posed a threat to forests and landscapes, this latest discovery reveals that it could have negative consequences for olive trees should an invasion occur.
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