Zimbabwe embarks on potato seed multiplication program to get rid of low quality seeds

ZIMBABWE – The Government of Zimbabwe in conjunction with Kutsaga Research Station has embarked on a seed potato multiplication programme in a bid to eradicate aphid-transmitted potato viruses that cause severe yield reduction and loss of tuber quality in potatoes. Tobacco Research Board (TRB) Head Liaison, Dr Dzingai Rukuni said this programme will help reduce the critical shortage of the…

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Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International identifies pests that threaten Kenya’s agriculture

KENYA – The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) has led a research which prioritizes 120 potential Invasive Alien Species (IAS) that could pose a threat to agriculture and biodiversity in Kenya. From the initial assessment, the study, published in the journal Biological Invasions, drew up a list of 21 arthropods, 9 nematodes and 20 pathogenic species which the…

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Canadian researchers create rapid test for deadly infections in livestock

CANADA – Canadian researchers have developed a new form of rapid test to detect infections in farm animals, responding to the rising threat of dangerous outbreaks. The prototype has been proven effective in detecting a devastating diarrheal infection in pigs and can be adapted to test for other pathogens, and in other animals. The test, created by researchers at the…

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Tanzania Coffee Research Institute releases new high yielding coffee varieties

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) has in a bid to bolster the cash crop’s production in the country, released new high yielding disease resistant coffee varieties for commercial production. The varieties include grade 4 Robusta Coffee, a high yielding large bean which is said to be resistant to Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD). Others are 19 Arabica hybrids…

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Researchers develop nano-sensor to detect pesticides on fruit in minutes

SWEDEN – Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a tiny sensor for detecting pesticides on fruits in just a few minutes. The technique, described as a proof-of-concept in a paper in the journal Advanced Science, uses flame-sprayed nanoparticles made from silver to increase the signal of chemicals. Despite the fact that it is still in an early stage,…

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ADAFSA launches Abu Dhabi Agricultural Genome Programme to enhance genetic research

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) in cooperation with some national research centres in the UAE, has launched the Abu Dhabi Agricultural Genome Programme (ADAGP), in order to apply the best international practices in the field of agricultural genetic research. Considered the first of its kind in the region, the programme enhances Abu…

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International Institute of Tropical Agriculture develops new disease resistant cassava varieties

NIGERIA – Through the NextGen project, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has developed new cassava varieties to boost cassava production in the country. Compared to local varieties, the new varieties Baba 70 and Game Changer are higher yielding. While Game Changer can produce 32 tonnes per hectare, Baba 70 can produce 38 tonnes per hectare. The new cultivars…

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New phytosanitary facility to improve market access for South Africa’s deciduous fruit

SOUTH AFRICA – Hortgro, a deciduous fruit producers organization, has funded a new phytosanitary facility dedicated to deciduous fruit to help improve access to new markets and maintain current ones for the industry. Deciduous fruit refers to fruit that falls off the tree or vine when it is ripe. The category includes apples, Asian pears, figs, grapes and pomegranates. The…

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Vietnam researchers discover high levels of antimicrobial resistant Salmonella in pork

VIETNAM – Scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England who were researching on antibiotic resistance in Salmonella strains isolated from pork meat at food retail outlets, have highlighted high levels of drug resistant Salmonella in pork in Vietnam. They studied multi-drug resistance — when a strain shows resistance to different antimicrobials and looked for the…

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South Africa food safety testing market to reach US$145,995,000 by 2025

SOUTH AFRICA – As per a new report published by Allied Market Research, the South Africa food safety testing market size is estimated to reach US$145,995,000 by 2025, registering a CAGR of 10.4% from 2018 to 2025. The research titled, “South Africa Food Safety Testing Market by Contaminant, Food Tested, and Technology: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018 – 2025,…

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