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World Variety Produce imports Australian mangoes for first time

World Variety Produce, Los Angeles, which markets under the Melissa’s brand, is importing mangoes from Australia for the first time this year. Clearance was granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in September 2013, and the first Australian mangoes entered the U.S. the week of Feb. 9, according to the Australian Mango Industry Association.

The Australian mango season extends from September through March, with larger volumes available between October and February.

“In the past season we undertook two trial shipments, and we were very pleased with the response from our importers and retailers. In the 2015-16 season, we plan to build our export momentum to develop a presence in the U.S.,”
said Treena Welch, marketing manager for the Australian Mango Industry Association.

As shipments ramp up, Welch said the focus will be on quality, not quantity.“It is critical that we put the resources behind our exports, so we build the m…

Drones y perros intentan salvar el aguacate en Florida


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En esta foto del 6 de abril de 2015 en Miami, Ty Rozier envíaa un dron sobre un campo de aguacates. Investigadores de las universidades de Florida e Internacional de Florida buscan árboles de aguacate enfermos. Un hongo mortífero propagado por un escarabajo amenaza con diezmar la cosecha de aguacate. TAMARA LUSH AP FOTO


Cuando el enemigo se oculta en los árboles, se lanzan drones con sensores de calor. 

Una vez que se lo ubica, los perros entran en acción. Cuando se trata de proteger la provisión mundial de aguacate, todas las armas son válidas.

En las tierras subtropicales del sur de Florida, los investigadores se enfrentan en una guerra sin cuartel con Raffaelea lauricola, un hongo mortífero propagado por un pequeño coleóptero que podría diezmar la cosecha. El hashtag que identifica su misión es #savetheguac (salvar el guacamole).

"Esta parece ser la mayor amenaza al aguacate de Florida que se haya conocido&…

ASIA ON THE HORIZON : Prelude to a Japanese Revival

"Prelude to a Japanese Revival is republished with permission of Stratfor."

Geopolitical Weekly

APRIL 28, 2015 | 08:00 GMT 

By John Minnich

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Washington, the third stop on his maiden voyage to the United States since assuming office in 2012.

 Over the next two days, he will hold a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama on U.S.-Japanese defense and trade cooperation, attend a state dinner in his honor and address a joint session of the U.S. Congress. 

In his speech before Congress, Abe will reaffirm Japan's commitment to promoting peace and security in East Asia and extol the virtues of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country free trade agreement that spans the Pacific Ocean Basin and pointedly excludes China.

As always with such occasions, the real work, whether on revising guidelines for U.S.-Japanese defense cooperation or negotiating the finer points of Japan's accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will take pla…