Bananas are a key food source for millions, whilst their production supports the livelihood of farmers across the globe. However, recent research has identified the vulnerability of particular banana varieties to major pests and diseases. With the banana industry under threat of extinction, more research is required into understanding the biology of the pests and diseases that pose this threat so that more effective management strategies can be developed and the risk of future outbreaks reduced.
Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas Volume 3: Diseases and pests provides a comprehensive review of the major pests and diseases affecting global banana production including Tropical Race 4, black Sigatoka and banana streak virus. The book explores existing methods for pest/disease diagnosis and identification, current management strategies used to control and/or prevent outbreaks, as well as the development of disease-resistant cultivars and integrated pest and disease management programmes.
"The current range of disease and pest threats means that Volume 3 of Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas covering a wide array of pathogens and pests is urgently needed. The two editors of this volume, Professor André Drenth of The University of Queensland in Australia and Professor Gert Kema of Wageningen University in The Netherlands, are highly knowledgeable specialists with extensive experience in pest and disease management of bananas. They have selected similarly knowledgeable scientists writing the individual chapters. The book is comprehensive and of excellent quality. It will be useful for both students and researchers, as well as banana production practitioners." (Dr Ariena van Bruggen - Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology and Emerging Pathogens, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA)
"The book Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas – Volume 3: Diseases and pests edited by distinguished plant pathologists, Professor Andre Drenth of the University of Queensland and Professor Gert Kema of Wageningen University, takes a comprehensive look into the abiotic and biotic threats to sustainable banana production. The editors have brought together an international team of scientists to discuss the endemic and emerging pest and disease threats to banana including Panama disease. This book will become a valuable resource for the improved management of all banana diseases." (Dr Jean Beagle Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Director of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security, North Carolina State University, USA)
Part 1 Fungal diseases
Part 2 Bacterial and phytoplasma diseases
Part 3 Viral diseases
Part 4 Nematode pests
Part 5 Insect pests
Part 6 Fruit diseases