Fungal viruses have been important in reducing the impact of fungal diseases on chestnuts in Europe.
Technology is allowing scientists to better understand fungal viruses, with the aim of managing them more effectively.
Hands-on monitoring is key to fighting many plant diseases.
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Plant diseases require as much attention now as ever to ensure that food systems are in place in the next season. There are also serious implications for forestry and the environment more broadly.
A tree-killing beetle that invaded South Africa two years ago and wreaked havoc in the country's towns and cities still hasn't been declared an emergency plant pest.
The lonely Malham Ash at dawn in Yorkshire Dales National Park.
A new study has calculated the tremendous cost of ash dieback to the UK economy.
There are over 100 species of wild coffee, but only a few supply the world's morning caffeine kick. Sadly, climate change and disease could be about to change that.
A tree-killing beetle has invaded South Africa. This is what should be done.
The polyphagous shothole borer is tiny - but a fungus it’s commonly associated with can be deadly for trees.
Wilhelm de Beer
The beetle and the fungus have devastated trees in California in the US as well as in Israel. Now they're in South Africa.
Cassava leaves at a market in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Technology is changing how plant diseases are recognised and dealt with by small scale farmers in Africa.
Though not this obvious from the outside, plants are keeping time.
Precisely calibrated timekeepers are found in organisms from all domains of life. Biologists are studying how they influence plant/pathogen interactions – what they learn could lead to human medicines.
Author Joey Hulbert explaining sampling protocol.
The impact of plant disease may be reduced if people are made aware of the many pathways for plant-killing microbes -- and why preventing their spread matters to us all.
Many people are suspicious of GM crops, but new techniques could massively increase food production.
Facing down a future with no bananas.
Every single Cavendish banana plant worldwide is genetically identical. This vast monoculture sets them up for disastrous disease outbreaks. But researchers have ideas on how to protect the crop.
The fungus Marasmiellus inoderma attacks weakened banana plants.
Scientists are using maps and data to identify which areas are most at risk.