Plant pests account for about a 40% loss in global production and scientists forecast the problem to get worse despite advances in modern agriculture and pest control.
Dr Matthew Cock, chief scientist for CABI, a UK-based agri-environment research organisation compiled a list of the eight worst plant pests threatening crops around the world.
- Worst historical pest – the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria)
- Hardest pest to control – South American rubber blight (Microcyclus ulei)
- Most expensive pest to control – western corn root worm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera)
- Pest of greatest human impact – potato blight (Phytophthora infestans)
- Worst stored product pest – the Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium)
- Worst climate change threat – mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)
- Most imminent threat – wheat stem rust strain Ug99 (Puccinia graminis tritici)
- Most resilient threat – colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)
Awareness, education, and research and development strategies are more important than ever to make agriculture more efficient and sustainable, of which integrated pest and disease management is a critical component.
Pests in the Food IndustryBeyond agricultural practices, pest infestations also account for tonnes of food waste and spoilage in food businesses such as retailers, restaurants, manufacturers and distributors.
Watch the video below to learn more about Food Safety in the Food Industry from The Specialists Franchise Group MD, Francois Swart as he talks about how pests contaminate food and the roles and responsibilities of food businesses when it comes to pest management.
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