CONTROL OF BROWN SPOT DISEASE OF PASSION FRUIT IN KENYA USING FUNGICIDES

J.J. Ondieki, J.M. Kori
Passion fruit is grown commercially in several countries, notably Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, Taiwan, New Guinea, Fiji and Kenya, (Mott, 1969). The fruit is used for making juice and is also sold in the fresh state. In Kenya, the main cultivated type of passion fruit is Passiflora edulis Sims, also known as purple passion fruit. It is grown in several districts on small-holdings. The main growing area is in Kisii District where passion fruit is planted at altitudes ranging from 1 650 to 2 100 metres, with well distributed rainfall of over 127 cm per annum.

The most serious disease of passion fruit in Kenya is 'Brown Spot', caused by the fungus Alternaria passiflorae Simmonds. In 1966 the passion fruit industry in the Kisii District collapsed due to various reasons, but mainly as a result of a severe attack by 'Brown Spot' on neglected plots. A programme was initiated in 1967 to test suitable fungicides for the control of the disease.

Ondieki, J.J. and Kori, J.M. (1971). CONTROL OF BROWN SPOT DISEASE OF PASSION FRUIT IN KENYA USING FUNGICIDES. Acta Hortic. 21, 85-89
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1971.21.13
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1971.21.13

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