Disease status of tomatoes in the Southern Caribbean

Authors

  • Chinnadurai Chinnaraja Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies
  • Antonio Ramkissoon Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies
  • Adesh Ramsubhag Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies
  • Jayaraj Jayaraman Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies

Keywords:

Disease incidence, tomato pathogens, Southern Caribbean region

Abstract

Tomato is an important vegetable crop in the Caribbean region but is affected by many bacterial, fungal and viral diseases which have contributed to serious yield losses in recent years. The Plant-Microbe research team of DLS, UWI-STA, conducted extensive survey during the period of 2014-2016, in some Caribbean islands including, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Suriname and Guyana. Results revealed the prevalence of twenty important diseases in tomatoes, with severity scales for different planting seasons. Based on this study, diseases including yellow leaf curl, bacterial spot and damping off are identified as the emerging diseases in the Caribbean region.

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Research Papers