Story suggesting Latin America is the new ‘US plastic dump’ wins SciDev.Net Journalism Awards

A story written by Mexican journalist Aleida Rueda – which suggests Latin America is the new ‘US plastic dump’ – has won the overall prize in the annual SciDev.Net Journalism Awards. The SciDev.Net awards are judged every year by SciDev.Net’s Editorial Advisory Group members, who said the story, published in…
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Initiative launched to help reduce risk of pesticides to farmers, consumers and the environment in Nakuru County, Kenya

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CABI, CBCC (Centre For Behaviour Change and Communication) and the Department of Agriculture, Nakuru County, Kenya have launched a new initiative called “Ukulima True” to help reduce the risks to farmers, consumers and the environment from chemical pesticides. The initiative – which is the first step in the implementation of…
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Invasive non-native species cost UK economy an estimated £4bn a year, new CABI-led study reveals

Floating pennywort is one invasive non-native species of concern. The aquatic weed causes dense mats that cover the water’s surface – such as here on this water course on the River Wey, Weybridge, UK (Credit: Djami Djeddour).
CABI scientists have carried out a study which reveals invasive non-native species (INNS) – such as the aquatic water weeds floating pennywort and Japanese knotweed as well as signal crayfish – cost the UK economy an estimated £4bn a year. However, when species only covered by the GB Non-native Species…
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CABI investigates how finance can help boost Africa’s coffee value chain

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CABI is investigating how finance can help boost Africa’s coffee value chain to maximise the production and export capabilities of micro, small to medium enterprises and individual smallholder producers of the key cash crop. A study by KPMG in 2014 found that Africa produced and exported coffee to the value…
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Find bioprotection products faster and easier with new CABI BioProtection Portal

Innovative digital tool - CABI BioProtection Portal - upgraded to help growers reduce reliance on chemical pesticides and produce safer and healthier food The CABI BioProtection Portal has been upgraded, making it faster, sleeker and easier to use for those wanting information about registered biocontrol and biopesticide products to fight…
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CABI to investigate using parasitic fly as a classical biological control agent against Japanese beetle

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It may look pretty but the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is one pesky pest – which feeds on the foliage and fruits of hundreds of fruit tree species – that in the USA alone costs a staggering $450 million a year to control. But CABI scientists from its centre in…
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Biocontrol agent released to control noxious parthenium weed in Pakistan

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A “major step forward in the fight against noxious parthenium weed” in Pakistan has been taken with the release of a biological control agent at the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) in Islamabad. The move is seen as a significant measure to help combat the risks parthenium poses to human…
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CABI’s expertise in biological control resources highlighted in journal’s special issue

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CABI scientists have joined an international team of researchers from around the world who have shared their expertise in a special issue of BioControl that focuses on the importance of biological genetic resources. The expertise particularly drew upon CABI’s strengths in advocating access and benefit sharing (ABS) policy and ABS…
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Sign-up for SciDev.Net debate exploring pesticide risks in Kenya

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SciDev.Net is inviting those interested in mitigating pesticide risks in fresh fruits and vegetables in Kenya to sign-up for a webinar to debate the associated issues this Friday 23 June 2023 at 2pm East African time. Dr Dorah Kilalo, a lecturer in the Plant Science and Crop Protection Department at…
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Project advocates village-based biological control of fall armyworm in Zambia

CABI working with the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) is embarking on a project, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), to advocate village-based biological control of the devastating fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in rural Zambia. The project will help improve…
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