Virus and bacterial diseases are major constraints to banana production by both commercial and small-scale growers in the Philippines (and elsewhere in South-east Asia). The purpose of this project was to build on and link to the findings of a previous project (R5234) seeking more substantive information (in the Philippine context) on the vectors of these diseases and the factors influencing the vector population dynamics and movement, and hence the pattern and rate of spread of the diseases. The intention initially was to concentrate on banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) and Moko and Bugtok diseases caused by Ralstonia (Pseudomonas) solanacearum since these were considered some of the most important diseases of banana in the Philippines. A better understanding of the factors influencing the increase and spread of these diseases should allow the formulation of improved control strategies.
Natural Resources Institute, Chatham Maritime, Kent, UK.,Republic of Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry, 45 pp.