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Olive oil prices under threat from bacteria hitting trees in Italy

(The Daily Mail) A hostile bacteria, seen in Europe for the first time, is destroying centuries-old olive trees and threatening supplies of Italian oil. The microbe, first identified in the Americas, has now infected 800,000 trees in Salento, the southern half of Puglia, the heel of Italy. Puglia produces about 11million tonnes of olives a year, more than  Read More »

S.Korea confirms hog foot-and-mouth outbreak

(Reuters) South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country’s first outbreak in more than three years, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.The case comes as Asia’s fourth-largest economy strives to contain a six-month outbreak of bird flu, which has pushed pork prices to multi-year highs  Read More »

Pork industry signs biosecurity deal

(Radio New Zealand) The pork industry has signed a new biosecurity agreement with the Government. It became just the second sector, after the kiwifruit industry to sign a Government Industry Agreement deed. Under the deal signed on Tuesday at New Zealand Pork’s annual conference in Auckland, the pork industry shares the costs of biosecurity, and  Read More »

FAO warns of fruit bat risk in West African Ebola epidemic

(FAO) Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species including fruit bats, FAO warned today. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct  Read More »

New vaccine against five livestock diseases in progress

(Sci Dev Net) Scientists in South Africa are developing a combination vaccine with the potential to offer protection against five major livestock diseases. The first stage of the vaccine project was funded by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) through the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) with 3.1 million Canadian dollars (almost  Read More »