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RThe Ethiopian highlands are densely populated and home to millions of smallholder farmers. The area is blessed with cool temperatures and high rainfall, which should make it fertile ground for the production of disease-free seed potatoes. However, Abdulwahab Abdurahman reports that this may not be as easy as previously thought. Our research has shown that Ralstonia solanacearum is widely spread in Ethiopia, as well as in Chencha. The bacterium is both seed and soil-borne, and difficult to control by widening the crop rotation; certainly under Chencha conditions it can be latent and, therefore, dangerous..
Big data was something McCain Foods discovered by chance. In fact it was a concept its director of agronomy Dr. Yves Leclerc wasn?t even familiar with until about a year and a half ago. ?What happened really was we have some research projects and those projects appeared to be in the realm of big data,? says Leclerc, who will be speaking at the Big Data Congress in Saint John next month. ?But we did not necessarily go looking for a big data project to start with.? Those projects were with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and New Brunswick startup Resson...