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Planthoppers feeding on a rice stalk. Photo credit: IRRI

From pets to pests: The case of the rice planthoppers

In my childhood years, we considered planthoppers as pets. My brothers would catch, feed and train them for hopping races with other kids. Little did I know that these seemingly harmless insects can become crop destroying pests.

Women ride past burning garbage in Cambodia.

Pursuing green growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Picture this: rapid urbanization and massive infrastructure development and people trapped in outdated polluting transportation, escalating environmental degradation and deforestation, rising potable water shortages and food security concerns, extreme climate change occurrences and growing disaster risks.

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