How can FungiAlert help protect the Cavendish banana from Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense or Panama Disease?

How can FungiAlert help protect the Cavendish banana from Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense or Panama Disease?

47% of the global banana production is in danger. The Cavendish banana, which makes up 99% of the global banana export, is being threatened by Panama disease. This devastating disease, also known as Fusarium wilt, is caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc TR4). FungiAlert can quickly identify the presence or…

Will an understanding of the microbial population in lettuce farming help to produce more in less land?

Will an understanding of the microbial population in lettuce farming help to produce more in less land?

  Lettuce is consumed globally; its nutritional value makes it an excellent food for weight loss and for maintaining optimal health. The farming origin of this crop, Lactuca sativa, goes back nearly 5000 years when the Egyptians started farming it. Through the millennia, humans have improved the crop by breeding wild types to obtain the different…

Exploring what is Pythium...

Exploring what is Pythium...

Pythium is an oomycete, and even though oomycetes were previously considered fungi, it has been recently shown that oomycetes are actually closer related to golden algae, brown algae, yellow-green algae and diatoms (Source). However, it is still common to find Pythium species considered as fungi or “fungus-like organisms”, as they share some basic functional characteristics. Other oomycetal…