Napier grass is the most important fodder crop grown for intensive and semi-intensive dairy production systems in East and Central Africa: Napier grass stunt (NGS) disease is a major threat to Napier grass cultivation and the smallholder dairy industry in East and Central Africa. The disease is caused by a bacterial parasite of plant phloem tissue that is transmitted by a leafhopper.
The study was conducted to identify Napier grass materials that could be resistant to NGS disease. The findings show resistance and tolerance to NGS disease that could be used to develop an integrated management strategy for the disease.
This is an output from ‘Saving the Smallholder Dairy Industry in East Africa: Validation and Implementation of an Integrated Management Approach for Napier Stunt Disease’ project.It was partly funded by the UK Department for International Development, a core donor of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology.
Wamalwa N.I.E., Midega C.A.O., Ajanga S., Omukunda N.E., Ochieno M.W.D., Muyekho F.N., Asudi G.O., Mulaa M. and Khan Z.R. (2017) Screening Napier grass accessions for resistance to Napier grass stunt disease using the loop-mediated isothermal amplification of DNA (LAMP). Crop Protection 98, 61–69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2017.02.005
Screening Napier grass accessions for resistance to Napier grass stunt disease using the loop-mediated isothermal amplification of DNA (LAMP)