Plant Health

The Pacific’s fragile ecosystem is constantly at risk from invasive species, pests and diseases. It is therefore vital that sustainable and appropriate management practices are developed and utilized to ensure   sustained productive use of the land. Plant Health aims to promote these practices by utilizing its three main units, entomology, pathology and weeds in undertaking regular surveys of pests and diseases, providing information, creating awareness among farmers,  updating information databases and assisting in eradication activities. 

Mass Rearing in the Lab
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:16

The 3rd shipment of the pathogenic rust fungus Puccinia spegazzinii is now being mass reared in the SPC quarantine laboratory in Suva. The rust is a....

Tuesday, 02 March 2010 11:00
About Mikania micrantha SPC’s "Pest of the Month" archive highlighting mikania.
About Plant Health
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 15:19
The Plant Health Team comprises of three sections, entomology, pathology and weeds. Together, the team aims to contribute to LRD’s objective of Integr....
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
Friday, 22 January 2010 15:39
Water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes, is a free-floating (but sometimes rooted) freshwater plant of the family Pontederiaceae (Figure 1). It has attra....
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Effective management can help maintain productivity of land resources,stregthen food security, safeguard the environment and increase revenue. Plant Health strives to improve awareness on environmental implications of agricultural practices and offering safer environmentally friendly options.