ACIAR Evaluation of the Impact of Dasheen Mosaic Virus and other viruses on taro yield
Friday, 14 May 2010 12:02

Dasheen mosaic virus (DsMV) commonly affects taro throughout the Pacific region though can be observed more readily in some countries compared to others. Despite its widespread occurrence there have been no studies carried out to determine the impact of this virus on yield of taro in the Pacific. Studies elsewhere on the impact of viruses on crop yields have indicated that yield gains can be achieved when plants are free of viruses. The aim of this project was to determine whether any impact on yield occurred when taro was infected with DsMV. The CePaCT is providing the planting material for this project, and all field trials are being conducted in Fiji and Samoa