Studies on the etiology, epidemiology and management of dieback disease of passion fruit in Kenya

Passion fruit (Passiflora spp.) is an important cash crop in Kenya. In the recent past, diseases have increasingly reduced its production with yield losses ranging from 50 – 100%. Dieback is a recently emerged disease that is highly virulent and causing 100% orchard loss within a short time. The disease has no effective control measure. A recent survey confirmed its status as a major threat to passion fruit production in Central and Eastern Kenya. The causal agent(s) of this disease and its epidemiology are being investigated. Various control options will be evaluated and effective ones recommended to farmers.
La passiflore (Passiflora spp.) est une importante culture commerciale au Kenya. Dans un passé récent, les maladies ont de plus en plus réduit sa production avec des pertes de rendement allant de 50 à 100%. Le dépérissement est une maladie récemment apparue qui est très virulente et provoquant 100% de perte de verger dans un bref délai. La maladie n’a aucune mesure de contrôle efficace. Une enquête récente a confirmé son statut comme une menace majeure à la production de passiflore en Europe centrale et au Kenya oriental. L’agent causal de cette maladie et son épidémiologie sont en cours de recherche. Les différentes possibilités de contrôle seront évaluées et celles qui sont efficaces seront recommandées aux agriculteurs.
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East Africa
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme diseases".