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

Code: 9781838797553
Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; Kitty F. Cardwell, Oklahoma State University, USA; Alejandro Ortega-Beltran, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; Fritz Schulthess, Rheinstrasse 160, Switzerland; William Meikle, USDA-ARS, USA; Mamoudou Sétamou, Texas A&M University, USA; and Peter J. Cotty, USDA-ARS, USA

Chapter synopsis: A range of insect pests and diseases compromise the quantity, quality and safety of maize, with a negative impact on the 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 focussed on identifying 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. Further attention has been given to reducing post-harvest losses, generating integrated pest management options for stemborers and investigating the impact of aflatoxins on child health and scaling out a biocontrol solution. With the recent spread of fall armyworm across Africa, a large amount of work has been initiated for its control.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2018.0043.08
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Exploratory years in maize research 3 Diagnostic surveys and in-country plant health analysis 4 Downy mildew eradication programme, southern Nigeria 1995 5 Biological control of stemborers 6 Interactions between Fusarium verticillioides and maize pests 7 Post-harvest losses 8 Larger grain borer and other beetles 9 Mycotoxins 10 Conclusions and future trends 11 References

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