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Manual for the mass production of the parasitoid Tamarixia radiata on its host, Diaphorina citri (Asian citrus psyllid), cultured on Murraya paniculata (Orange Jasmine) in Belize

TCP/BZE/3402 – Assistance to manage Huanglongbing (HLB) in Belize








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    Managing Huanglongbing/Citrus Greening Disease
    Issue brief 4, October 2013
    2013
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    Transboundary movement of plant diseases has always existed, presenting a constant threat and, in some instances, causing devastation to entire industries. But in an increasingly globalized world with greater and more rapid flow of people and goods across borders, prevention of transboundary movement of diseases has become far more difficult and requires the coordinated intervention of all stakeholders on national, regional and even international levels. One industry of great importance to sever al Latin American and Caribbean countries is currently facing a potentially devastating disease. The regional citrus industry provides products such as fresh limes, lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and other citrus as well concentrates and juices, contributing both to domestic food security as well as to foreign exchange earning via exports. The emerging threat comes in the form of Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus Greening Disease, caused by a bacterium (Candidatus Liberibacter asiati cus).
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    Shoot-Tip Grafting In Vitro to Obtain Citrus Planting Material Free of Graft-Transmissible Pathogens and for the Safe Movement of Citrus Budwood
    TCP-BZE-3402 - Assistance to Manage Huanglongbing in Belize
    2014
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    The diseases caused by viruses, viroids, bacteria and phytoplasms resulting in important economic losses are widely disseminated globally as a result of their propagation by grafting without sanitary control on the trees taken as source of the buds. Top-working is also a major form in which all graft-transmissible pathogens are spread. Although insect vectors exist for some of the pathogens, man has been undoubtedly their main transmitter.
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    Promoting agribusiness development in Northern Belize - GCP/BZE/001/EC 2019
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    Sugar production has traditionally been the largest industry in the agricultural sector of Belize, particularly so in the northern districts of Orange Walk and Corozal, where small and medium-sized producers have played an important role in this industry. However, it is expected that as a result of the reform of the European Union (EU) sugar regime many-small scale farmers will leave sugar-cane production, mainly because of their inability to remain competitive. Against this background, the Government of Belize is supporting farmers in Northern Belize to diversify their production into market-driven non-sugar cane agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESD) sought assistance from FAO to enhance its capacity to facilitate the strengthening of onion, honey and sheep value chains, to increase productivity, quality and consistency of production, and improve farmers’ linkages to markets.

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