Diagnostic manual for plant diseases in Vietnam

Date released
06 May 2008
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Lester W. Burgess, Timothy E. Knight, Len Tesoriero, Hien Thuy Phan


Plant diseases continue to cause significant crop losses in Vietnam and other regions of tropical South-East Asia. Outbreaks of disease of valuable cash crops can have a major impact on small farmers, particularly in localised areas where there are few suitable alternative crops. The accurate diagnosis of the cause of a disease is essential to the success of control measures and for the development of a scientifically sound national database on plant diseases. This manual is designed to help plant pathologists develop basic skills in the diagnosis of the cause of diseases, focusing on fungal diseases of the roots and stems.