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Building veterinary laboratory capacity in Africa: THE VETLAB NETWORK

Building veterinary laboratory capacity in Africa: THE VETLAB NETWORK. Transboundary animal diseases and those that affect human health have a strong impact on community livelihoods, trade and public health. They also pose a major challenge to the value chain of food of animal origin, causing serious production losses and food safety concerns. Early and rapid diagnosis and control of these diseases require concerted interdisciplinary actions at national and international levels. The sub-Saharan African branch of the VETLAB NETWORK, composed of 32 African countries, aims at remedying this situation, with four leading institutes providing regional support. Read More [pdf] »

Peak fragility: Conserving mountain soils an urgent matter

Peak fragility: Conserving mountain soils an urgent matter. Mountain soils are the fragile foundations of ecosystems that ultimately provide water for more than half the world's population. "Understanding Mountain Soils", now published by FAO, contains a host of case studies from around the world and highlights the crucial importance of managing these soils. Read More »

Controlling fruit fly pest by releasing sterile male insects

Controlling fruit fly pest by releasing sterile male insects. Fruit flies attack many important fruit crops, including citrus, mango, apples, peaches, apricots as well as some vegetables (especially cucurbits), seed crops and many wild plants. Economic implications of such attacks are not only reduced production and increased control costs, but also loss of export markets and/or the cost of establishing and maintaining phytosanitary measures. An efficient and cost-effective pest control technology is the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), a biologically-based pest control method that, unlike pesticides, is environment-friendly and does not pose health concerns. Read More [pdf] »


  • 6 - 10 July 2015

    RCM on Development of Molecular and Nuclear Technologies to Diagnose and Control Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Vienna, Austria.
    Technical Officer: Gerrit Viljoen

  • 6 – 10 July 2015

    First RCM on Comparing Rearing Efficiency and Competitiveness of Sterile Male Strains Produced by Genetic, Transgenic or Symbiont-based Technologies, Vienna, Austria.
    Technical Officer: K. Bourtzis

  • Mutant Varieties Database (MVD)

    The FAO/IAEA Mutant Variety Database or MVD provides information on induced mutations suitable for breeding programme and genetic analysis. View database →

  • The International Database on Insect Disinfestation and Sterilization (IDIDAS)

    Joint service of the IAEA and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). An interactive resource providing information on a species basis for both disinfestation and sterilization of arthropods, with dosage levels and conditions, efficacy and references. View database →