Field Experiments Illustrate Effective Practices of Managing Moko and Bugtok Diseases of Banana
Experiments conducted by Dr. Marina Natural, Professor at the UPLB College of Agriculture, showed that sanitation, early detection, and prevention are the most effective and sustainable means of managing Moko and Bugtok diseases in banana.
This comprehensive study on the susceptibility of banana varieties to Moko and Bugtok diseases was done to evaluate the current disease management practices used by farmers. Dr. Natural explained that the said diseases are among the most prevalent in the Philippines, causing bacterial wilt and fruit discoloration in bananas. Consequently, these diseases cause big losses to the banana industry, specifically for farmers of the Cardaba and Cavendish varieties, which are major export products. She presented her research results at the Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 14 September 2010, wherein she was also awarded with the SEARCA Professorial Chair Certificate.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Marina P. Natural is a Professor at the Crop Science Cluster, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Banos. She specializes in plant pathology, specifically on phytobacteriology and host-parasite interaction. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Owing to her exemplary research works, she has received numerous awards and recognitions in her field. Dr. Natural has also presented her research works in various international and national scientific meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops. She has recently received a Professorial Chair Award from SEARCA.
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