Crop Protection

How Global Collaboration Can Prevent Plant Disease Pandemics in Africa

22 March 2022, Africa: Emerging plant diseases threaten Africa’s food security, but international scientific collaboration can help to turn these menaces around.

Looking out across a crop nursery filled with diseased plants, you’d be forgiven for thinking there is something wrong.

However, these are no ordinary nurseries – they are “disease nurseries” filled with crop samples and breeding lines gathered from around the world, and they play a vital role in helping scientists to identify varieties that can withstand a disease outbreak.