This project has examined the problem of bean root rot using a combination of scientific and socio-economic research. The study has advanced our knowledge of the biology of the disease, the causal agents, their epidemiology and interactions with other bean pests and pathogens. It has also investigated farmers’ indigenous knowledge, perceptions of the causes of root rots and potential control measures. The study has focussed on the disease in Uganda but research has been undertaken by international teams. Work on root rots integrates well with other bean research in several national and international programmes. Investment in equipment and staff training has enhanced research capability in Uganda and attracted other donors.
Spence, N. Characterisation and epidemiology of root rot diseases caused by Fusarium and Pythium spp. in beans in Uganda. Final Technical Report. Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, Warwick, UK (2003) 152 pp.