Why organic wheat escaped fusarium last year

Researchers say practices such as proper varieties and rotations are just as important as fungicides in disease control

One thing is clear to Myriam Fernandez. Fungicides are one tool to tackle fusarium head blight, along with longer crop rotations and growing varieties with the highest possible resistance. But fungicides aren’t the only tool. “If you’re going to rely on fungicide application as the solution for your FHB problem, if you don’t do anything […] Read more

Support for goat, sheep producers

The Canadian sheep and goat industries are stepping up efforts to deal with scrapie, a fatal brain wasting disease. The federal government recently announced $345,720 for the Canadian Sheep Federation to implement its scrapie eradication strategic plan for sheep and goats. The money, provided through Growing Forward 2, will be used to enhance national surveillance […] Read more

Bacteria’s ability to resist drugs an international issue

Global surveillance needed | Countries take action on antibiotic use

ATLANTA, Ga. — Global surveillance of antimicrobial resistant bacteria is needed because these bugs are on the move. “Any country with antibiotic resistance is a global concern,” said Tom Chiller, who oversees diseases carried in food, water and the environment for the Centers for Disease Control in the United States. He told an antimicrobial resistance […] Read more