A virulent new strain of fungus from the Himalayas threatens to wipe out up to a quarter of the wheat crop in some areas of the UK this harvest season, experts have warned.

Wheat dwarf India virus (WDIV) is the first mastrevirus reported to have subgenomic molecules called satellites. To establish association of the satellites with WDIV across a variety of ecoclimatic conditions, a countrywide survey was carried out.

Bacteria that is destroying ancient olive groves in the Apulia region of southern Italy is very likely to spread to other areas of Europe, says report

In view of awareness toward nature-friendly management of plant diseases, the need of integration and use of indigenous knowledge (IK) with modern biological control measures has been emphasized. In view of new insights being generated it is accentuated to reassess the system of sustainable plant disease management. One farmer-inspired indigenous practice of using raw cow milk as seed treatment has been experimentally validated integrating with Trichoderma spp. (the farmer-friendly fungus and biocontrol agent) at farmers' fields and at C. R.

The country could be staring at major food shortage after the Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease destroyed hundreds of acres of the crop in Rift Valley, Central, Western and Eastern Kenya.

Injecting trees with a concentrated form of garlic might help save trees in the UK from deadly diseases.

To cause plant disease, pathogenic fungi can secrete effector proteins into plant cells to suppress plant immunity and facilitate fungal infection. Most fungal pathogens infect plants using very long strand-like cells, called hyphae, that secrete effectors from their tips into host tissue. How fungi undergo long-distance cell signalling to regulate effector production during infection is not known.

Bayer CropScience has launched a new fungicide Raxil Easy, a seed treatment product for the control of loose smut disease in wheat.

BEIJING - The Chinese central government has earmarked 650 million yuan ($105 million) for the prevention of plant disease and elimination of pests.

Bridging the gap between the predictions of coarse-scale climate models and the fine-scale climatic reality of species is a key issue of climate change biology research. While it is now well known that most organisms do not experience the climatic conditions recorded at weather stations, there is little information on the discrepancies between microclimates and global interpolated temperatures used in species distribution models, and their consequences for organisms’ performance.