This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8484: Identifying Insect Vectors and
Transmission Mechanisms for Banana Xanthamonas Wilt to Improve
Understanding of Disease Epidemiology.
Farmers are controlling a major banana disease, Xanthomonas wilt, by
preventing the entry of insects that carry a bacterium (Xcm) that causes
the disease. Removing male buds from the plants is one solution. Another
is the destruction of infected plants to keep them from continuing to
attract insects. Finally, by opting for banana varieties in which the
male flower cushions have a natural protective covering farmers make
their crops inaccessible to the insect vectors. These findings were made
possible thanks to the identification of an improved medium for
isolating Xcm from insects, soil and plants. The new control techniques
are being promoted in Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda using
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP18, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 23.