Lifecycle of avocado anthracnose

Mature__fruit_showing_raised_dark_spots_indicative_of_pre-harvest_anthracnoseAvocado—which originated in Central America, particularly in high-elevation areas of Mexico and Guatemala—is now being produced commercially throughout the tropics and subtropics with Asian and Pacific Rim countries including India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia and New Zealand becoming increasingly important producers.

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Food prices almost unchanged

Food prices almost unchanged, record cereal harvest forecast The FAO Food Price Index in November was virtually unchanged from its October level.

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Indonesia to start Green Palm Oil Certification in 2012

Indonesian government will start regulating its palm oil producers to check on sustainability practicesThe Indonesian government will start regulating its palm oil producers to check on sustainability practices from the beginning of next year, newspaper The Jarkarta Post reported.

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Japan expands grain import capacity

Japan_is_the_leading_market_for_US_cornThe U.S. Grains Council’s 2011 Corn Mission to Japan, China and Vietnam toured the Kushiro Port in Hokkaido, Japan, and heard firsthand the plans to expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels.

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Farming crucial for threatened species in developing world

Greatest benefit comes from local communities practising traditional agriculture with low ecological impactA number of threatened species in the developing world are entirely dependent on human agriculture for their survival, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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