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Potential biological control of lesion nematodes on banana using Kenyan strains of endophytic Fusarium oxysporum
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The root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus goodeyi is a common pest of banana in Kenya, which results in significant yield losses. An emerging option for the management of banana nematodes includes the use of endophytic fungi, which cause no damage to their hosts but often extend benefits, such as enhanced protection against various biotic and abiotic constraints. In the current study, non-pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum strains originating from banana (Musa spp.) in Kenya (4MOC321 and 11SR23) and Uganda (V5w2) were evaluated for their efficacy against P. goodeyi in tissue culture-derived plantlets (cv. Giant Cavendish and cv. Grand Nain) in pots. Pratylenchus goodeyi densities were 47-60% lower in endophyte-inoculated relative to non-inoculated plants and root necrosis damage was reduced by >30%. Endophyte treatment had no effect on plant growth parameters compared with untreated control plants. The performance of the two Kenyan strains was equally effective as the positive control (V5w2), thus demonstrating their potential as nematode bio-control agents under Kenyan growing conditions.
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