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Poster: Can farmer multipliers meet QDS standards in the production of sweetpotato planting material?

Sweetpotato production in Tanzania is below the country’s potential due to limited availability of clean planting material during the planting season, usually at the onset of rains. Farmers mostly depend on materials conserved from the previous season whose quality is often unknown. This contributes to spread of Sweet potato virus …
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Poster: Validating use of affordable net tunnels for prolonged maintenance of virus clean planting material in Ethiopia

This poster presents a study carried out to validate the efficiency of insects’ proof net tunnels for prolonged maintenance of virus clean planting material. Previously, utilization of insect proof net lowered the spread of sweetpotato plant virus disease (SPVD) in Ethiopia. This study confirmed the key role played by insect-proof …
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Poster: Sustainable uptake of insect proof net tunnels among farmer multipliers: What do we need to consider?

Sweetpotato production in Tanzania is hampered by high virus incidences. These viruses exercise synergistic interactions leading to up to 98% yield losses. Further, this makes their control difficult. It is therefore important to equip farmers with simple and affordable technologies which they can use to manage the spread of SPVD …
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Poster: Improving Sweetpotato Virus Diagnostics

Virus infection, by a number of different types of viruses, is one of the most important constraints to sweetpotato production globally, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Sweet potato chlorotic stunt virus (SPCSV) and Sweet potato feathery mottle virus (SPFMV) are considered to be the most widespread and are particularly devastating when …
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Release of Two Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato Cultivars, ‘SPK004’ (‘Kakamega’) and ‘Ejumula’, in Uganda

Two orange-fleshed landrace sweetpotato cultivars: ‘SPK004’ (‘Kakamega’) and ‘Ejumula’ were approved for release by the Ugandan Plant Variety Release Committee in Apr. 2004. This is the third lot of sweetpotato cultivars to be officially released by the sweetpotato program in Uganda, the first two being released in 1995 and 1999. ‘Ejumula’ …
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Viruses and virus-like diseases affecting sweet potato subsistence farming in southern Tanzania

A survey for sweet potato viruses was conducted in 32 farmer’s fields in Mbinga and Songea  districts of the Ruvuma region in Southern Tanzania. Plants showing virus-like symptoms were observed in 25  out of 32 fields examined. Sweet potato virus disease (SPVD) incidence was low in Mbinga district (16.7%) on …
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Causes and control of virus diseases of sweetpotato in developing countries: is sweetpotato virus disease the main problem

This a progress report documenting the causes and control of virus diseases of sweetpotato in developing countries. Further, it reports on efforts sought to determine if sweetpotato virus disease is the main problem.
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Sweetpotato viruses: 15 years of progress on understanding and managing complex diseases

Sweetpotato (SP) (Ipomea Batatas (L) Lam) a member of Convolvulaceae family is important food security crop globally. The SP is indeterminant perennial and is grown as an annual crop in the tropic and subtropics. The most used propagation method is vegetative resulting in virus accumulation within planting stocks. This has …
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Production of virus free sweetpotato planting materials using horticultural fleece

virus free sweetpotato

Sweetpotato (Ipomea batatas) is one of the most important staple crops in densely populated parts of Eastern Africa and is quickly becoming an important supplementary staple in the southern part of the continent. It is vital to small scale farmers with limited land, labor and capital. One of the major …
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