ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 82 Number 3
Participatory evaluation of introduced taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott] varieties in Samoa. (249)
The taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott] industry in Samoa was devastated by an outbreak of leaf blight, caused by Phytophthora colocasiae, in 1993. One of the earliest responses to the disease was a screening programme to evaluate exotic taro varieties with known resistance to taro leaf blight (TLB). This study reports on a participatory evaluation of exotic taro varieties from Palau, Pohnpei, and the Philippines. Farmer-managed trials demonstrated that the P10 was found to be most resistant to TLB, highest-yielding, and most vigorous. In terms of palatability, it was reported that this variety was not as good as P20, Toantal, and PSB-G2.
Keywords: Taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott]; Participatory; Evaluation