How Soil Management Can Help In The Battle Against Panama Disease And Other Fusarium Wilts
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Paul Nelson is an agricultural/environmental scientist at James Cook University. His research focusses mostly on how natural processes and management influence the sustainability of tropical cropping systems, including soil condition, nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions.

                       

How Soil Management Can Help In The Battle Against Panama Disease And Other Fusarium Wilts

Fusarium wilt, a plant disease caused by pathogenic strains of the soil fungus Fusarium oxysporum, affects over 100 crops including banana, tomato, ginger, cucumber, oil palm, watermelon, wheat, and flax. Fusarium wilt of bananas, also known as Panama disease, is rapidly spreading around the globe, threatening banana and plantain production. For most crops, including banana, there is currently no resistant and commercially acceptable variety, nor any means to control the disease and the fungus can remain dormant in the soil...

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