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NZ: Growers' kiwifruit disease lawsuit delayed

NZ: Growers' kiwifruit disease lawsuit delayed

The filing of the kiwifruit growers' class action lawsuit against the Government has been delayed as the group behind the legal action makes sure its position is watertight.

The group, known as The Kiwifruit Claim, is still hoping to attract more growers in its bid to hold the Government to account for a devastating biosecurity incursion.

It is looking to sue the Government for what it says is its negligent biosecurity, after the Ministry for Primary Industries let Psa-infected kiwifruit plant material into the country.

The bacterial disease proceeded to destroy a large chunk of the kiwifruit industry and inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars of losses on growers and communities.

The Kiwifruit Claim had expected to file its lawsuit on Friday but spokesperson John Cameron told Radio New Zealand that has been delayed until later this week as it sorts out issues around the company involved in the lawsuit, LPF.

Mr Cameron said they are hopeful once that has been resolved, growers who are currently sitting on the fence will join.

Argentina's citrus industry faces its worst enemy | FyO

A positive case of Huanglongbing (HLB) pest affecting citrus detected in the province of Corrientes. NEA provinces on alert.

By FyO Press

More than U $ S 1,000 million a year and 120 thousand jobs Argentine citrus industry at risk by the advance of Huanglongbing (HLB), the most destructive citrus disease worldwide and that, so far, has no cure .

Coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Office and supported by the citrus provinces specialists INTA and SENASA work in preventing disease since 2009, when it implemented the National Program for Prevention of HLB - 26.888- ratified by the Act.

According to Carlos Casamiquela, Agriculture Minister's Office from SENASA control efforts intensified to prevent the spread of HLB. Therefore, "it is necessary to continue to support and strong collaboration of the provinces, especially in the NEA, for control," he said.

While Argentina remains free of HLB, according to Diego Quiroga, national director of Plant Protection SENASA, "the potential danger is very high and our country is going through a very delicate situation."

Funding Flows in for Organic Solutions to Citrus Greening - WholeFoods Magazine

Washington, D.C.—The needed money has begun to arrive in the search for non-toxic, organic ways to defeat citrus greening, the disease that has threatened to overwhelm the citrus industry. The Organic Center, based here, announced the success of its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, designed to drum up funds for its previously announced three-year study on citrus greening.

The group raised $20,417 with its crowdfunding drive, topping its goal of $15,000. The overall fundraising target for the study is $310,000. A $45,000 grant from the UNFI Foundation got things started, and a $5,000 grant came from RSF Social Finance, along with an offer from RSF to match another $5,000 in donations. According to the group, $78,167 had been raised as of the crowdfunding effort, including donations from many industry stakeholders.

Irradiated Australian produce likely to be in stores soon

Irradiated Australian produce likely to be in stores soon

Irradiated fruit and vegetables from Australia are likely to go on sale here as early as next year. Importers have welcomed the move but growers say the products could be used in fruit drinks without consumers' knowledge.

Queensland's Department of Agriculture has applied for permission to irradiate 11 fruits and vegetables - apples, apricots, cherries, honeydew melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, rockmelons, strawberries, grapes and zucchini and scallopini - to protect against the Queensland fruit fly. Under the proposal, fruit on a conveyor belt will be bombarded with gamma rays to kill one of the world's worst pests.

The change would affect about $2 billion of fruit and vegetables produced by Queensland growers each year. Some goes to New Zealand and other countries but about 70 per cent is sold within Australia, including in states which do not have fruit fly.

Florida Scientists Design 3-D Printed Insect Traps | Potato Grower Magazine

Farmers in the SunshineState have seen their share of devastating pests. There’s the invasive Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), a vector for bacteria that cause the infamous citrus greening disease, which is tearing through the state’s orange groves, costing Florida an estimated $4.5 billion in lost economic output and more than 8,000 jobs during just a five-year period. And if that weren’t bad enough, the potato/tomato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli), so named for carrying a disease that ruins those crops and others, has been spotted on trucks transporting goods over Florida’s borders—an infestation waiting to happen.

To halt such an infestation, hundreds of state inspectors in Florida run trap lines to see what insects are being introduced into the state. The most common psyllid monitoring efforts use sticky traps made with a glue called “tanglefoot.” Sticky traps require frequent trips by inspectors to remove insects, and often the specimens are too damaged to do any meaningful molecular or genetic work.

But researchers are now employing 3-D printing technology to build far more complicated contraptions.

P.E.I. potato-tampering more widespread than first disclosed

P.E.I. potato-tampering more widespread than first disclosed

RCMP admit they didn t immediately release information about their investigation into the Prince Edward Island potato-tampering case, saying there was no perceived threat to the public.

According to the RCMP, an investigation began on Oct. 3, when Mounties were called in after sewing needles were found in some of the french fries at a Cavendish Farms processing plant in New Annan, P.E.I.

However, a statement warning the public about the issue was not released until Oct. 6, after it was reported that a tampered potato made its way into a consumer s home.

RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler said Thursday that the public now knows about every case. As soon as we got the reports the next day that there was a potato in the public, table potatoes, that s when we did our news release to make sure the public knew right away, she told CTV Atlantic. All of what we are aware of has been released at this point.

Treat disease in shrimp aquaculture congress - NewsHub

Syndrome Early Mortality Shrimp (EMS), will be among the topics covered during the XVI Congress of aquaculture, Acuaexpo 2014 to be held in Guayaquil from 20 to 23 October.

The first cases of the disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus, were reported in 2007 and has primarily targeted to Asian countries like China and Vietnam, and America, to Mexico, where the survival of the resource is only 30%, what worries the local aquaculture sector.

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Foreign experts will share their experience in disease control and prevention. Stanislaus Sonnenholzner, director of the National Center for Aquaculture and Marine Research Espol (Cenaim), said it is important to raise awareness on the need to prevent the import of shrimp products from affected countries use the EMS could harm the country .

Many fish in fish farms die thanks to vibrio bacteria | The Real Singapore

Fish farmers are losing large amounts of their stock again, this time thanks to an increase in the vibrio bacteria.

The Vibrio bacteria is naturally found in tropical marine environments but its abundance has increased dramatically thanks to warmer weather and rising sea surface temperatures.

The micro-organisms have been growing and releasing toxins which kill the fish. The remaining fish are also affected with the bacteria which can give humans diarrhoea, vomiting and fever if infected.

Humans can be infected by the bacteria if they expose open wounds to sea water or eat undercooked or raw fish which contain the bacteria.

Fish farmers have also been hit hard with 60 tonnes of fish dying thanks to the vibrio bacteria.

Mr Phillip Lim, the chairman of the Singapore Marine Aquaculture Cooperative which owns 2 farms in Lim Chu Kang lost most of their fish stock and they are left with only 200 to 300 fish after an initial stock of over 8,000.

The Agrifood and Veterinary Authority had tested samples of the dead fish as most of the farmers don’t have the equipment to do such testing.

Biocontrol for alfalfa pest may be useful to NY apple growers

A biocontrol treatment developed to help Northern New York alfalfa growers is now showing early promise of proving useful to New York apple growers.

Early field trials in four NY orchard plantings have shown a reduction of 70 to 97 percent, compared with untreated plantings, in the populations of plum curculio, a key pest of eastern U.S. apple crops.

With long-term funding from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, Cornell University entomologist Elson Shields developed a biocontrol protocol for using a combination of native New York nematodes to reduce alfalfa snout beetle populations in NNY alfalfa crops.

Shields and Cornell colleague Art Agnello are now applying nematodes to control plum curculio in organic-production apple plantings.

Plum curculio is especially troublesome for organic growers whose main defence has been multiple applications of kaolin clay to act as a physical barrier to attack by the insect pest. Organic treatment programs for managing plum curculio can easily range from $150 to $450 per acre per year and fruit damage often remains at five to 20 percent.

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