Status of Begomovirus Research and Management in Kenya

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Abstract

Viruses belonging to the genus Begomovirus (family: Geminiviridae) infect different crops in different parts of the world, resulting in great economic losses. In Kenya, begomoviruses have been reported to infect important cultivated crops such as cassava, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes and noncultivated plant Deinbollia borbonica, a perennial weed. Apart from begomoviruses infecting cassava, those infecting other crops have not been fully characterized, and their distribution within the country has not been established. This paper describes the current status of begomoviruses in Kenya, management strategies employed, and research gaps that need to be addressed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant Science and Crop ProtectionUniversity of NairobiNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Biotechnology CentreInstitute of Biotechnology Research, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research OrganizationNairobiKenya

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