New online portal gives insights into deadly maize disease

A new online portal provides the necessary information for southern African farmers, researchers and governments to arm themselves against the threatening maize disease, maize lethal necrosis (MLN). Scientists have named the MLN disease as one of the most threatening diseases to one of southern Africa‚Äôs most important food sources, namely…

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More pests and plagues to threaten Southern African grains in the future

Except for fall armyworm which has already wreaked havoc in southern Africa this year, two more migrating pests and plagues are moving south. It is only a matter of time before others reach Africa. Dr Marinda Visser, Grain SA Manager of Research and Grain Policy, at an Agbiz Grain mini…

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Deadly virus threatening African maize

South Africa will have to do everything possible to sharpen its biosecurity to prevent Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN), a virus which can destroy whole maize harvests, from crossing its borders. Addressing delegates at the annual Grain SA Congress, Dr Marinda Visser, Grain SA Manager of Research and Grain Policy, said…

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