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Title: Identifying and managing plant health risks for key African crops: maize

item BANDYOPADHYAY, RANAJIT - International Institute Of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
item CARDWELL, KITTY - Oklahoma State University
item ORTEGA-BELTRAN, ALEJANDRO - International Institute Of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
item SCHULTHESS, FRITZ - Retired Non ARS Employee
item Meikle, William
item SETAMOU, MAMOUDOU - Texas A&M University
item Cotty, Peter

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/26/2018
Publication Date: 2/8/2019
Citation: Bandyopadhyay, R., Cardwell, K.F., Ortega-Beltran, A., Schulthess, F., Meikle, W.G., Setamou, M., Cotty, P.J. 2019. Identifying and managing plant health risks for key African crops: maize. In: Neuenschwander, P. and M. Tamò editors.Critical issues in plant health: 50 Years of Research in African Agriculture. Cambridge, UK: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, P. 173-212.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: A range of insect pests and diseases compromise the quantity, quality and safety of maize negatively impacting on food security, income generation and health of African people. This chapter highlights work conducted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on key insect pests and fungal diseases of maize with the aim of reducing their burden on African agriculture. At first, diagnostic research identified key insect pests and diseases. As invasive pests and diseases such as downy mildew and larger grain borer appeared, appropriate technologies to manage them were developed. Post-harvest losses have received considerable attention. Integrated pest management options were generated for stem borers. Concerted efforts on aflatoxin led to seminal studies on its impact on child health and development and scaling out of a biocontrol solution is in progress. With the recent introduction of fall army worm, a large amount of work has been initiated for its control.