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“Pay attention to nematodes, they have adverse effects on African food security”, scientists warn

Although the world has fully turned its attention to climate change and is continually looking for ways of slowing down its effects on humans, plants, and animals, there is another consequence sneaking up—and no one seems to notice. This consequence is nematodes! Africa’s high population growth rate and rapid urbanization, coupled with climate change, has led to the need for the intensification of agriculture, i.e., producing more from the same piece of land. However, more pests and diseases come with intensification, especially from soilborne threats, such as nematodes. The effect of nematodes on agriculture across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is discussed in a research review article entitled, Plant Parasitic Nematodes and Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Communications • 7th November 2019


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