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Virginia Tech Researcher Sounded Alert on Nigeria's 'Tomato Emergency'

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 21, 2016 11:27 PM
Contributors: Virginia Tech
The invasive pest Tuta absoluta, also known as the South American tomato leafminer, caused crop losses in Nigeria that created a surge in pricing and inspired the term "tomato emergency."

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Virginia Tech entomologist Muni Muniappan has warned that no silver bullet exists to stop the spread of a destructive moth ravaging vegetable crops around the world – including its likely arrival in the United States. News in late May that Nigeria lost 80 percent of its tomato harvest underlines the urgency of measures in a Virginia Tech-led program to help stop the pest.



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