Rice tungro disease is considered to be one of the most important constraints to rice production in intensively cultivated irrigated areas in South and Southeast Asia. Due to the highly destructive nature of the disease resource poor farmers can incur serious loss of income if their crops are affected. Tungro disease is difficult to control and management strategies have traditionally relied on heavy insecticide usage with adverse effects on human health and the environment. The purpose of this project was to reduce yield losses and to protect farmer income in intensive rice cropping systems by developing and promoting sustainable tungro disease management strategies.
Chancellor, T.; Holt, J.; Kenyon, L.; Warburton, H.; Hartanto, N.; Azzam, O.; Cabunagan, R.; Heong, K.; Nath, P.; Villareal, S.; Truong, X.; Chowdhury, A.; Ganapathy, T.; Astika, I.; Muis, A. The Epidemiology and Management of Rice Tungro Virus Disease. NRI Final Technical Report. NRI, UK (1999) 48 pp.