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CIP mapping potato diseases in Africa: Bacterial wilt present in 73% ware potato farms and 50% seed potato farms in Uganda

International Potato Center (CIP) – Bacterial wilt limits potato yields and degrades seed quality from generation to generation.First documented in Uganda in 1958, bacterial wilt is widespread in Uganda, limiting yields and degrading seed quality. But little is known about the extent of the disease and the type of pathogen strains involved in the epidemics of disease.

With potatoes, bacterial wilt is not always physically apparent: the harvest can look healthy, but the crop will not be fit as a seed for the next planting season. This combination of yield and seed quality issues for potatoes translates into larger concerns about food security and boosting local incomes.

The issue is a lack of surveillance.

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