Scientists Work to Control Cassava Plant Disease in Africa

Scientists and agriculture experts are meeting in Bellagio, Italy this week to work out how to fight a deadly plant virus that has been annihilating cassava crops in East Africa for nearly a decade.

Recent outbreaks of this “rapidly proliferating” virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola have sparked fears that the epidemic is pushing into West Africa, and could reach Nigeria, the world’s largest producer and consumer of the cassava plant.

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