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    SIDS solutions innovations profile. Agriculture: Taro breeding (Fiji)
    SIDS Solutions Forum, 30-31 August 2021
    2021
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    As part of the SIDS Solutions Forum, 30-31 August 2021, FAO collected innovations and creative digital technologies that respond to local problems and challenges. This flyer summarizes a taro breeding innovation that builds resistance to taro leaf blight and broadens the genetic diversity of taro. Taro diseases are yet not present in Fiji. Breeding to build resistance to taro leaf blight and broaden the genetic diversity of taro is an important part of a contingency plan for Fiji in case the disease is introduced to Fiji in the near future.
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    Roots, tubers, plantains and bananas in animal feeding 1992
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    Protection against South American leaf blight of rubber in Asia and the Pacific region 2011
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    Rubber is an important cash crop in a number of countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Current total global production of natural rubber is about 9 million tonnes. Over 90 percent of that amount is produced in Asia-Pacific. South American leaf blight (SALB) is a fungal disease of rubber trees. Up to now the disease has been restricted to South and Central America where it has inhibited natural rubber production on a commercial scale. So far, use of modern systemic fungicides and improved appl ication techniques have failed to prevent large scale losses and dieback of trees. Its potential to affect other regions rises with every transcontinental airline connection that directly links tropical regions. The need to develop quarantine measures against the disease is urgent. This publication is a compilation of four separate documents intended as a practical reference tool for national plant organizations, especially for plant quarantine officials, in rubber growing countries in Asia and the Pacific. It was prepared as a set of reference materials to improve phytosanitary measures and safeguard against the incursion of South American leaf blight of rubber into countries in the region, and is one of the many measures that the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission has put in place to prevent SALB disease in the region.

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