BROWN PLANT HOPPER RE-EMERGING: Forum Slated Nov. 14, 2017, Los Baños, Laguna

Hopperburn caused by Brown Plant Hopper. (IRRI photo)
Magnified planthopper feeding on rice plant.

A forum to take a closer look at the re-emerging Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) menace in rice will be held on Nov. 14, 2017 at the SEARCA Auditorium, UP-Los Baños Campus, Laguna.

The event is under the auspices of Bayer Philippines together with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the UP Los Baños National Crop Protection Center. The event will bring together BPH experts, farmers and industry stakeholders.

An expert from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will discuss “Brown Plant Hopper in Asia: Outbreaks and Drivers of Ecosystem Vulnerability.” He is Dr. Buyung Hadi, scientist of the Entomology, Crop and Environmental Science Division of IRRI.

To give a regional perspective on the BPH rice pest problem in the Philippines will be Wilma Cuaterno of the Crop Protection Division of the Bureau of Plant Industry. On the other hand, Genaro Rillon, head of the Crop Protection Division of PhilRice will discuss the challenges, strategies, and awareness on managing BPH.

A foreign scientist will present “Technological Solutions for BPH Management Based on Host Plant Resistance.” He is Dr. Deo Mishra, principal cientist, Breeding & Trait Development-Rice, Bayer Indonesia.

BPH Nymphs feeding on rice plant.

Early this year, the DA reported at least P17.87 million worth of damages from widespread pest and disease infestation in Northern and Eastern Samar provinces. They estimate 4,000 hectares of rice crops were affected by the Bacterial Leaf Blight (BLB) and BPH in the two Samar provinces. Subsequently, infestations were reported in Nueva Ecija and Zamboanga Sibugay, prompting agriculture officials to closely monitor all affected municipalities.

According to IRRI, high population of planthoppers cause leaves to initially turn orange-yellow before becoming brown and dry and this is a condition called hopperburn that kills the plant. BPH can also transmit Rice Ragged Stunt and Rice Grassy Stunt viruses, both of which cannot be cured.

Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol has been invited to give his keynote address.

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