Food security news
Researchers have discovered a network of viruses, which were previously associated with managed honeybees, may now pose a widespread risk to bumblebees in the wild, according to a new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The study revealed multiple interconnected diseases that are threatening several species of bumblebee and the managed honeybee, which are essential pollinators of many agricultural crops and wild flowers.
There’s nowhere to hide for one of the world’s most devastating wheat diseases, thanks to a new global surveillance method for tracking the spread of Yellow Rust based on its DNA. Yellow Rust is a fungal disease with the potential to destroy an entire crop; those plants which do survive often have a lower quality of grain.
UK scientists from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), John Innes Centre (JIC), The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) have developed a new robust and rapid genomics strategy to track the devastating wheat yellow rust pathogen. Despite modern agricultural practices, diseases of the major food crops cause up to 15% pre-harvest yield loss worldwide.