Crop health is key to sustainable agriculture

Eighty percent of human survival relies on plants. As the human population grows, and environmental degradation intensifies, the pressure on providing healthy, nutritious food (amongst other plant-based products) to the world is mounting. Yet, plant production faces challenges as plants are stressed by biological and/or non-biological factors, which hampers production. Scientists are working tirelessly to…

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Technology in a bottle: the story of C4L tech

Think of what matters more to you than anything else in the world. It is likely to be someone, not something. People matter more than anything. The story that I want to tell you today is about the future of humans, but more importantly the future of the little one you now hold dear. Your…

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Future of plant disease

Worldwide crop production is significantly restricted by plant diseases, which impedes the yield and quality of crops. One of the most important aspects of successfully combating a plant disease is accurate identification. As with any other problem, plant diseases can only effectively be combatted after it is identified correctly. Currently, for farmers in industry, the…

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The importance of crop health to sustainable crop production

The productivity of crops relates directly to their health. But what is a healthy crop? A healthy crop is a crop that receives sufficient water, nutrients, and light for photosynthesis. Healthy crops are also void of injuries from biotic or abiotic factors. Such crops, growing under optimal conditions, are less susceptible to pests and diseases…

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A quick look at crown rust of oats

Crown rust of oats is the most common leaf disease of oats in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is caused by a fungus named Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae and can cause major damage in susceptible cultivars. Although the word “crown” is referred to in the name, which may be confusing, it is basically…

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Soil health in a nutshell

Soil is the upper layer of the earth’s crust, which sustains life. It consists of a mixture of mineral particles, organic material, organisms, and liquids, and has various physical, chemical, biological and morphological properties. It sustains plant life, which in turns sustains the lives of animals and humans on the planet. Since we rely on…

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What is stem rust of wheat, and why does it matter?

Hundreds of millions of people rely on wheat as the main ingredient for at least one meal in a day or all meals in their day. Globally, a staggering 670 million metric tons of wheat are produced annually. In the past 10 years, however, a devastating disease of wheat, called stem rust, has become a…

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