A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
August 2010. A report by the FAO on Jatropha notes that the plant is an alternative crop for small farmers “particularly in semi-arid, remote areas that have little opportunity for alternative farming strategies, few alternative livelihood options and increasing environmental degradation”. However, decisions about Jatropha “have been made without the backing of sufficient science-based knowledge,” the FAO says in the review, which includes case studies from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, there is need for research on genetic improvement of varieties, on cultivation practices such as water conservation and integrated pest and nutrient management, the review recommends. Yields are far less than expected, it seems.