Forward-thinking farmers – A complex picture

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Download PDF Zymoseptoria tritici has always been a challenging pathogen to control, partly because of its latent phase but also because of its shape-shifting ability to evade fungicide modes of action. CPM explores how molecular chemistry is both clarifying and adding complexity to understanding the septoria pathogen’s resistance evolution and its development in the field. It’s worth noting how quickly septoria took off after favourable weather late in the season. By Lucy de la Pasture It’s reassuring to know when you fly on a Rolls Royce powered plane, the engine performance data is continuously being ‘snapshotted’ back to technical experts on the ground. Not only has it allowed the engine manufacture to improve reliability but also develop a ‘preventative’ health programme, where potential mechanical defects are identified before they become a serious concern. The same intensive screening isn’t quite there yet with cereal disease diagnostic technology, but it’s moving in that direction, says Bayer’s Rosalind Martin. After a successful pilot in 2020, Bayer extended its Rapid Disease Detection initiative under the banner of ‘National Snapshot’. “It’s an extension of Bayer research evaluating various technologies to improve disease diagnosis and refine fungicide use and compliance which started in 2014,” she says.…
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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...