RTB partners on alert over the spread of Banana Bunchy Top Disease in Africa

Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) of plantains and bananas is caused by a destructive virus which is very difficult to eradicate. While it has already been detected in at least 14 African countries, its impact in the affected regions is drastic: diseased plants are severely stunted and do not produce fruits. “BBTD has the potential to thwart smallholder banana production and to threaten food security for millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa”, warns IITA virologist Lava Kumar…
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