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Plant Health Factsheets
Panama wilt (Fusarium wilt) of banana in Kenya

Panama wilt (Fusarium wilt) caused by a fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Foc) is an endemic disease on banana in Kenya. It was first observed in Kenya in 1952 in Malindi and Muranga on a cultivar suspected to be Bluggoe (ABB), locally known as Bokoboko.  It was not until mid-1990s that farmers and agricultural extension officers from other regions complained of severe outbreaks of the disease. The new race (T4) reported in the FAO alert has not been observed in Kenya. The only races of Fusarium wilt confirmed in Kenya are races 1 and 2.

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