Disease - Articles and news items

TTTTF, a kind of stem rust, damages tens of thousands of hectares of crops in Sicily

Industry news  •  21 February 2017  •  Roy Manuell | Digital Editor

Existence of TTTTF, a kind of stem rust – named for the characteristic brownish stain it lays down as it destroys wheat leaves and stems – damaged tens of thousands hectares of crops in Sicily….

A well-managed vaccination strategy to prevent future foot and mouth?

Industry news, Z Homepage Promo  •  17 February 2017  •  University of Warwick

The 2001 foot and mouth outbreak cost the UK economy an estimated £8 billion. This time around an effective vaccination strategy could prevent this…

Bird flu flies back to Britain?

Industry news  •  7 December 2016  •  New Food

A government chief vet has declared a ‘prevention zone’ for England as a highly infectious strain of bird flu enters Europe…

Alfalfa sprouts probable cause of US salmonella outbreak

Industry news  •  8 August 2016  •  Roy Manuell

According to US authorities, alfalfa sprouts represent the likely cause of 30 cases of Salmonella, with fingers currently being pointed at supplier Sprouts Extraordinaire…

FAO carries out emergency cattle vaccination along Syria – Lebanon border

Industry news  •  9 April 2015  •  Victoria White

Concerns over the spread of animal diseases are mounting in Lebanon as Syrian refugees bring unvaccinated animals over the border, FAO has warned…

US Agriculture Secretary announces $23 million available for citrus greening research

Industry news  •  2 April 2015  •  Victoria White

The US Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has announced the availability of $23 million in USDA funding for citrus greening disease research…

Eradicating sheep and goat plague (PPR) by 2030

Industry news  •  24 March 2015  •  Victoria White

Goats and sheep in many countries are increasingly threatened by peste des petits ruminants (PPR). Upcoming conference discusses elimination of PPR by 2030…

Infographic: Vector-borne diseases

Industry news  •  30 July 2014  •  The European Food Safety Authority

What are vector-borne diseases? What does EFSA do in this field? EFSA’s latest infographic answers these questions and others…

Cisgenesis: a novel way to combat late blight

Issue 3 2009  •  10 September 2009  •  Anton Haverkort, Senior Researcher, Wageningen University and Research Centre

In most countries with temperate climates, cereal, notably wheat, is the most important arable crop. In a few countries such as the Netherlands, potato dominates. In the European Union, over 50 million hectares of wheat is grown against approximately two million hectares of potato, yielding some 70 million tons of tubers. The majority of the produce is consumed as fresh table potatoes but almost one fifth is processed into starch for industrial and food industry purposes, into frozen products such as french fries and into snacks such as chips (crisps in the UK).

Surveillance of foodborne disease in the United Kingdom

Issue 4 2007  •  16 November 2007  •  Sarah J O’Brien, Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, University of Manchester

“Infectious intestinal disease occurs in one in five people each year, of whom one in six presents to a general practitioner.” So wrote Wheeler and colleagues in 1999 (Wheeler et al, 1999). This translated into 9.4 million people suffering from infectious intestinal disease (IID) annually, with around 1.5 million people consulting their GP.


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