This is a virtual network for rapid preliminary diagnosis of banana diseases by visual inspection of symptomatic plants submitted as ‘digital images’ using the ‘Crop Disease Surveillance’ (CDS) program. Users can submit images and information using anyinternet enabled device such as smartphone, touch pad, laptop, desktop computer and other. This programs also supports follow-up inspections and laboratory testing of suspect samples for accurate diagnosis and offer solutions for prevention and management.
Ultimate aims of the program are to protect crops from destructive diseases by early diagnosis and control interventions to safeguard and improve cassava yields in the farmers’ fields; and rapidly identify invasive pathogens (e.g. banana bunchy top) and prevent them from establishing in new geographic regions.
The CDS is an open access platform managed by a team on national and international experts. Select appropriate program and register to become a member of the network.
Register to use CDS for banana disease diagnosis and surveillance