Source: Dhaka Tribune (11 Jun 2020)
While Bangladesh is at low risk of a large-scale invasion of desert locusts, efforts to curb fall armyworm will help in addressing future pests.
Source: PR Newswire (18 May 2020)
CIMMYT contributed to rapid assessment and registration of biological control for fall armyworm.
New project to deliver wheat disease warnings directly to farmers’ phones in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Web app helps extension agents and farmers monitor the spread of fall armyworm.
For the first time widespread monitoring examines how farmers are coping with climate stresses.
Public and private partners join forces to mitigate voracious pest.
Wheat blast is one of the most fearsome and intractable wheat diseases in recent decades. It spreads through infected seeds, crop residues as well as by spores that can travel long distances in the air, posing a major threat to wheat production in tropical areas.
Researchers urge donor agencies to support the dissemination of new blast-resistant, biofortified wheat in Bangladesh.
Experts discussed the status of the outbreak, the role of research and applicable measures.
Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers