This chapter consolidates information on diseases of the most important tree legumes used for forage. Emphasis is given to foliage diseases which may directly reduce forage production and quality. The authors report some of the preliminary findings from surveys of diseases of Calliandra, Gliricidia and Leucaena in Central America. Potential control strategies of common diseases and future research needs specifically for forage trees in animal production systems are briefly discussed. A review (Lenné 1992) of diseases of multi-purpose woody legumes in the tropics complements this chapter.
In: Forage Tree Legumes in Tropical Agriculture. Gutteridge, R.C. and Shelton, H.M. (Eds.). pp. 292-308. CABI, Wallingford, UK and ACIAR, Canberra, Australia.