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Farm visitors be aware Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is a serious pest

TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum










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    Protect your farm against Tropical Race 4 (TR4)
    TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
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    This poster presents a general audience with a graphical overview of how farms can be protected against Tropical race 4 (TR4) and its spread. A series of detailed photographic images show how a farmer/grower, extension staff member or any observer can tell if plants have been infected with the TR4 pathogen. The purpose of the poster is also to give practical advice on what one can do if TRF is suspected on a banana or plantain farm. This is one of four posters in a series on TR4 and its prevention.
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    Tropical Race 4 prevention strategies
    TR4 Global Network. An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
    Managing the movement of soil, water and plant material entering and exiting farms is the key to effective on-farm biosecurity. Prevention is currently the primary way to avoid new Tropical race 4 (TR4) invasions. Intended for a development practitioner audience, TR4 prevention strategies, details, step by step, how early detection, rapid destruction of infected banana and plantain plants, and on-farm restrictions are the only way to control and contain TR4. A country’s regulatory framework is explored in this document, with, for example, the following steps to be taken: designation of TR4 as a quarantine pest; setting up a monitoring system to promptly detect incursions; enacting of regulations that allow the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) to intervene on farms. On-farm biosecurity is only effective if the standard for practices are high, and if practices are adhered to at all times. A single practice failure can potentially lead to the introduction of a new pest or disease. With this in mind, ten biosecurity measures are listed, which if enforced, enable farmers/growers to help to protect not only their own farms, but also their country's banana industry. In addition, practical and detailed steps for farm visitors and for international travellers are included in the document.
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    What you need to know about Tropical Race 4
    TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
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    The flyer, What you need to know about TR4, aims to inform the general public with basic information about Tropical race 4 (TR4). The underlying message is that actions can indeed be taken to help prevent the spread of the pest and that the way forward is for stakeholders across the banana industry to act with urgency and in a collaborative manner. Fusarium Tropical race 4 (TR4) is a strain of the soil born fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense whose spores can lie dormant in the soil until a susceptible plant is established nearby. These spores infect the plant through the roots and inhabit the banana or plantain plant’s xylem vessels, blocking the flow of water and nutrients. Fungicides can't save plants that are already infected with TR4, and the fungus's spores persist in soil for decades. Therefore the most immediate approach to combat TR4 is prevention of its spread into clean areas and containment when it is detected. In the long term, diversification of crops and better use of available genetic resources are key to building resilience to the disease. Agro-ecological innovations will be increasingly important to produce varieties less susceptible to TR4. The flyer focuses on three practical items that a visitor to a banana or plantation farm can do to minimise the risk of spreading TR4.

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