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EDN Issue 138 - Now Available 2018-02-14

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Yellow Shoot, Green Fruit: Citrus Greening Disease Guidance for Citrus growers in the tropics

from interviews with Tim Gast and Tim Watkins, summarized by Stacy Reader

Excerpt: Bacteria in the genus Candidatus Liberibacter have caused a decline in citrus trees around the globe. The bacteria clog the sugar transport system (phloem) of a tree, effectively destroying the tree’s ability to send synthesized starches from the leaves to the roots. The roots die without access to the simple starches that are their food. The compromised root system is then unable to supply leaves with sufficient water and nutrients. Once a tree is infected, there is no cure for the disease. However, we now have more hope that we can help trees recover from and grow out of the disease than we used to.

With multiple requests for information about widespread citrus decline, we decided to learn more about its potential cause and practical management tools. We interviewed Tim Gast, Citrus Production Manager at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, and Tim Watkins, Head of Agricultural Operations at ECHO Florida’s Global Farm.

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Upcoming events

Grafting Training Exchange and Network Development
Tue, 20 February 2018 » Tue, 27 February 2018


Organized by Frutas del Mundo Farm in Guatemala and ECHO Latin America/Caribbean Regional Impact Team, this Training Exchange will allow Frutas del Mundo and ECHO staff to teach and learn from each other grafting techniques for tropical fruit trees, and hold a practical training for nursery workers and grafters from farms in three sites in Guatemala. This event is an opportunity to exchange information, contacts, and experiences in areas relevant to Guatemalan farming families and the link...

3rd ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium
Tue, 6 March 2018 » Thu, 8 March 2018

Sportsmans Arms Hotel, Kenya

ECHO East Africa welcomes your participation in the 3rd ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium in Nanyuki, Kenya from 6th -8th March, 2018 at the Sportsmans Arms Hotel. With a great anticipation we hope that the molding together of the topics discussed, action agenda produced during the afternoon workshops on Days 2 & 3, as well as the networking which will occur, will significantly impact our future work together.

Tue, 13 March 2018 » Thu, 15 February 2018

Salle de conférence de SAMARITAN'S PURSE, NIGER

L'ONG ECHO West Africa et son partenaire SAMARITAN'S PURSE du Niger organisent un Atélier sur l'agriculture durable à Niamey au Niger du 13 au 15 Mars 2018. Ce forum ECHO vise le renforcement de capacité des peersonnes qui luttent contre la faim, la pauvreté et de celles qui servent les pauvres en Afrique. L'atélier se déroulera pendant trois (03) jours; il sera animé par des personnes ressources du Niger et de la sous région Ouest-africaine.

Chaya in Guatemala: Participatory consultation on needs, challenges and opportunities
Tue, 13 March 2018 » Tue, 13 March 2018

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala

The purpose of this conference and consultation is to share the results of a value chain and marketing study recently undertaken in Guatemala on chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius). The event will be also an opportunity for cross learning among key institutions working on chaya in Guatemala, Mexico and the US. An open debate involving civil society, public sector and national and international organizations, will review the needs, challenges and opportunities for upgrading the value chain of th...

International Hydroponics Course
Thu, 15 March 2018 » Sat, 17 March 2018 Holiday Inn Express Toluca , Mexico

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