New control for Panama disease
Scientists in India believe that a new control technique may
prove cost-effective in controlling Panama disease the widespread fusarial wilt
that inflicts serious damage on bananas.
The new technique involves injecting a solution of 2%
carbendazim directly into the corm, and the researchers from Tamil Nadu
Agricultural University have compared this treatment to soil drenching with
Methoxy ethyl mercuric chloride - the common treatment at present and to using a
combination of the two methods. Results show that the new technique is extremely
effective, indicating the curative action and stimulation of plant growth by
carbendazim. The best control of all was given by the combined treatment, though
the optimum cost-benefit came from the corm injection on its own. Similar
effects from the application of carbendazim have been reported in other crops.
For more details, contact:
Department of Plant Pathology
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore 641 003