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Developing a Management Strategy for Marasmiellus Pseudo-Stem Rot Disease of Plantain.
Explain your idea in details:
New and emerging Pseudo-stem rot disease of plantain is gradually becoming a major production constrain in Rivers state, Nigeria, caused by yet to be identified pathogen(s). Since it was first observed, the disease has caused significant financial loss and threatens plantain production in the state and region. This project aims to reduce the spread and damages caused by this disease by understanding the characteristics and distribution of causative organism(s) and developing mitigation measures. Project activities will include: disease-mapping survey, molecular identification and characterization of causative organism(s), evaluation of appropriate disease management practices and capacity building sessions for farmers and extension and quarantine officers in the state. Due to the mode of spread, it is anticipated that this disease may become a serious problem hence the need for a comprehensive study. Much is unknown about this disease and its causative agent, as there are no previous reports of this disease in Nigeria.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The outputs of this project will include the identification and characterization of causative pathogen(s), development and validation of diagnostic processes, distribution of maps showing distribution of disease, a manual of strategy for disease management, development of state wide strategy for the containment and management of disease.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Dissemination of findings will be done through publications in academic journals and presentation at scientific conferences and seminars. Also, a participatory appraisal meetings with farmers during field demo-trials will be used as avenue of training for farmers and extension workers who will be participating in this project. In the conduct of the field trials, farmers in the community will be invited to visit the demo plots as an avenue for capacity building
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science and Biotechnology from the University of Port Harcourt and a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology from Rivers State University. I am currently enrolled in a PhD program at Rivers State University. I have worked as an agricultural science teacher at a school in a rural community in Rivers State. This is where I first observed the disease I want to study. I am enthusiastic and hope to make the world a better place through this project