Michael James for the 7th Annual Conference of the BSTA 1989
‘Dry Skin’ or dry rot in yams is a disease found wide-spread in Barbados on the yam cultivars currently being grown here and indeed on nearly all the varieties of Dioscorea spp.
The causal agent is a nematode, Pratylenchus coffae which seems to work in association with a fungal organism and the disease causes both quantitative and qualitative damage to harvested tubers. (Brathwaite & Hutton, 1980)
A look at the ‘dry skin’ problem in yams pdf
Hot water treatment is a tried and true method for controlling RSD used in many counties. Outlined in the presentation are the plans to install sufficient capacity that all the planting material in Barbados will eventually be RSD free.
This is the second presentation in the ARVTU series, as you may have noticed a theme.
Ratoon Stunting disease (RSD) is widespread in Barbados and can result in serious economic losses.
This presentation will give some background to RSD generally and specifically H2K-IEC method for controlling it.
The is the first in a series of presentation which were presented at the Agricultural Research and Variety Testing Unit’s recently concluded seminar. Each of the presentation will be looking at technological solutions for solving existing problems in Barbados agriculture.
This presentation specifically looks at the use of somatic embryogenesis, a type of tissue culture, and a possible avenue for large scale production planting material free from Ratoon Stunting Disease a wide spread problem locally