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Ash dieback – plant passports and disease modelling

The latest disease to threaten UK woodlands, Chalara fraxinea or ash dieback, has led scientists to call for plant passports to monitor movements within Europe, for all plants “for planting”, i.e. potted plants, but not cut flowers or fruits. Stricter … Continue reading

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Sentinel plants for pathogen detection

A Colorado State University laboratory is developing a unique plant-based method of detecting the arrival of high risk agricultural pathogens in new areas which will allow widespread, continuous and real-time monitoring. By designing receptors that influence the plant’s signalling pathway, … Continue reading

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The flip side of citizen science

Although community participation in conservation schemes is often actively encouraged, there are concerns about internet wildlife enthusiasts inadvertently affecting the agricultural industry. Biosecurity scientists have raised the issue of online miss-identification of agricultural pest species and the potential trade implications. … Continue reading

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Attack of the killer moths……

The giant moth was once thought confined to the world of science fiction. Researchers in Scotland are finding out that the giant moth, though smaller than its cinematic cousin, may wreak a similar level of damage to the coniferous forests … Continue reading

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Pesticide resistance – a new development

That bugs become resistant to pesticides over time is well known, however, while this resistance develops over multiple generations, bacteria can go through several generations in one day. New research has shown that some bacteria have evolved to be able … Continue reading

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