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Single diseased stem removal

Caption:
Congolese farmer removing a banana plant infected with Xanthomonas wilt, commonly known as BXW. In the early days of the epidemic in East Africa, the recommendation was to uproot the entire mat, but studies later showed that the continuous removal of only the diseased stems (a technique called single diseased stem removal), coupled with measures to prevent re-infection, can reduce the incidence of the disease to negligible levels.
Keywords:
BXW disease, Crop protection, SDSR, Single diseased stem removal, Xanthomonas wilt
Date shot:
April 2014
Locality:
Katana
Province/State:
South Kivu
Country:
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Photographer:
Blomme, Guy / Bioversity International