• The importance of crop biodiversity under climate change

    The importance of crop biodiversity under climate change

    July 6th, 2012 | News

    A new video on the importance of crop diversity under climate change has been recently published by Bioversity International. Carlo Fadda, one of Bioversity International’s senior scientists based in our Sub-Saharan Africa office, Nairobi, talks about the importance of using agricultural biodiversity to suit farmers’ future needs in the face of climate change. Watch the […]

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  • Community Genebanking Takes Shape in Uganda

    Community Genebanking Takes Shape in Uganda

    June 4th, 2012 | News, Uganda

    To enable the community access bean diversity, the ‘Conservation and use of crop genetic diversity to control pests and diseases in support of sustainable agriculture project’ constructed Kabwohe community gene bank where seed is to be kept for the community. The land was provided by the local Government of the area and this seed bank […]

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  • Can plant be protected by insects?

    Can plant be protected by insects?

    August 17th, 2011 | Bioversity Headquarters, News

    Can plant be protected by insects when they are attacked by pests? The mechanisms of resistance to pests put in place by landraces to defend themselves from pests attacks are a very important source of resistance. With globalization, both resistant varieties and pests and pathogens move around As a consequence resistance genes in secondary centres […]

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  • Can Crop Diversity Reduce Disease Pressure? The Case of Maize in China

    Can Crop Diversity Reduce Disease Pressure? The Case of Maize in China

    August 4th, 2011 | China

    Small holder farmers are constantly fighting with pests and diseases and every year they need to bet on which options, in terms of varieties and crops, will reduce the loss caused by pests and diseases. This is a real challenge for them as the type of pests and pathogens in any given year or cropping […]

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  • Can Biodiversity be Part of Pest and Disease Manage? Asking the Right Questions

    Can Biodiversity be Part of Pest and Disease Manage? Asking the Right Questions

    July 28th, 2011 | Bioversity Headquarters, News

    Much of the 30% of the world’s annual harvest lost to pests and diseases occurs in developing countries.   The resulting economic and food resource costs are, to a significant extent, a consequence of crops growing in monocultures and the continuing evolution of new races of pests and pathogens that are able to overcome resistance genes […]

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  • Climate Changes and Pests and Diseases: a Quick Overview

    Climate Changes and Pests and Diseases: a Quick Overview

    July 20th, 2011 | Bioversity Headquarters, News

    The effects of climate change on potential abiotic stresses are well known. Changes in CO2 concentration, increased temperature, increased drought, changing on rainfall patterns have all been documented in the IPCC reports (http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_and_data_reports.shtml) and in several recent publications. The effects of climate change will be different in different parts of the world and there exist […]

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  • Can Crop Diversity Reduce Pests and Diseases Pressure? The case of bean in Uganda

    Can Crop Diversity Reduce Pests and Diseases Pressure? The case of bean in Uganda

    July 15th, 2011 | News, Uganda

    Our team in Uganda led by John Mulumba Waswa and Rose Nankya was prepared for interviewing 60 farmers in each of the three sites where beans are the target crop (Nakaseke, Kabwohe, and Rubaya). The team is composed of farmers that are directly involved in the project and were trained to conduct the interviews. The […]

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  • Pest and Diseases Project presented at ICRAF Campus in Nairobi

    Pest and Diseases Project presented at ICRAF Campus in Nairobi

    June 2nd, 2011 | Events, News

    On the 19th of May, Dr. Carlo Fadda presented the major results of the pests and diseases project at ICRAF head quarter in Nairobi. The conference lasted for 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of the discussion.  The seminar was an opportunity to discuss the role of agrobiodiversity in reducing pressure from pests and diseases.During […]

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  • Farmers promoted Musa genetic diversity fair

    Farmers promoted Musa genetic diversity fair

    May 26th, 2011 | Ecuador, News, News from the Regions

    An article from Ecuadorian newspaper “La Gaceta” on a Musa genetic diversity fair in La Maná, in Ecuador, organized by groups of farmers and college students, who joined together as part as a Bioversity International project. The project was supported by Iniap, the Agricultural Engeneer National Institute for Agricultural Research, which also provided a three-year training for farmers on knowledge of biodiversity of crops and on how to control pests and diseases.

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  • International Conference in Morocco

    May 24th, 2011 | Bioversity Headquarters, Events, News

    An International Conference entitled “Damage, Diversity and Genetic Vulnerability: the Role of Crop Genetic Diversity in Agricultural Production System” took place in Morocco from the 15th to the 17th of February. The conference, organized by the Intitut gronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II with Bioversity international and the support of UNEP, SDC, Ford Foundation and FAO, […]

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