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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

Each year an estimated 10-16% of global harvests are lost to plant pests - a loss estimated at $220bn - according to FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally.

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