Before the start of this project, Banana streak virus (BSV) had been reported as being an increasingly important constraint to the cultivation of East African highland bananas in certain areas of Uganda. However, little was known about the epidemiology of the disease or its effect on the growth and productivity of banana plants. The results from these studies indicate the potential benefit of simple cultural management practices in reducing the spread and mitigating the effects of BSV, and hence of improving banana productivity in parts of Uganda. The conclusions provide a foundation for developing strategies to combat the impact of BSV, but further work is required to determine which combinations of the cultural practices are most beneficial and under which circumstances.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK., National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda, University of Reading, Reading, UK., 169 pp.