Studies on the Etiology, Epidemiology and Management of Dieback Disease of Passion Fruit in Kenya
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Passion fruit (Passiflora spp.) is an important cash crop in Kenya. In the recent past, diseases have increasingly reduced its production with yield losses ranging from 50 – 100%. Dieback is a recently emerged disease that is highly virulent and causing 100% orchard loss within a short time. The disease has no effective control measure. A recent survey confirmed its status as a major threat to passion fruit production in Central and Eastern Kenya. The causal agent(s) of this disease and its epidemiology are being investigated. Various control options will be evaluated and effective ones recommended to farmers.