This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Based on a range of Projects. Smallholder growers in the Philippines and
Uganda can now recognise virus infections in their banana plants. Simply
spotting viruses early and pulling out the infected plants, then making
sure new plants are healthy, helps double yields. The banana bunchy top
and banana streak viruses devastate banana crops across South Asia and
the Pacific. Now they are spreading in southern Africa. No varieties
resistant to either virus have been found and, because chemicals don't
work against viruses, prevention is the best option. Growers in
Davao-Mindanao, in the Philippines, and in Rakai, Masaka and Ntungamo,
Uganda, found that just by removing infected plants they reduce damage
and prevent spread of the viruses. They also now make sure that they
plant healthy plantlets, produced by low-cost tissue culture.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF
(11 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP75, 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 25.