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Wild plants grow in all agricultural fields that reduce crop yields by competing with them for water, light and nutrients. To control them, the most frequent management among producers is based on the use of herbicides. These agrochemicals are most effective when applied at the time weeds barely emerge.

Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA)

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are launching, at the Latin American level, the Concursable Fund of the INNOVA AF Project, within the framework of the agreement between both organizations.


Using artificial intelligence (AI), a team of international researchers created an application for mobile phones that identifies five diseases and a common plague of banana plants. The surveillance system allows early containment measures to be taken before the outbreak of pathogens.


The University of California, Davis, will lead a new global research program to build and test ways to overcome some of the biggest remaining challenges for lifting and keeping rural families out of poverty in developing countries. 

INTA Informa

The search for ecological intensification tools is one of the topics that stands out in the research agenda. Proof of this interest, the specialists evaluated different preparations in tomato, leek, butterhead and strawberry crops and, with good results, proved that the use of bio-inputs can generate improvements in yield and growth-stimulating effects in the plants studied.

Hoy en el TEC

The identification of the native flora of Costa Rica now has a new ally thanks to an application that will permit users to identify and know the characteristics of the plants of the country.