Industry Strategic Science and Technology Plans (ISPs) Platform

Mapping the Distribution of Abaca Bunchy Top and Analyzing Epidemic Risks

The project titled “Mapping the Distribution of Abaca Bunchy Top in Different Cropping Systems and Analyzing Epidemic Risks in the Zamboanga Peninsula” produced partial results that would lead to the generation of maps on disease distribution for the development of strategies against such diseases. The project team coordinated with local and municipal officials, including DA, conducted abaca bunchy top disease surveys, and gathered data on abaca agronomic and cultural practices. The surveys, so far, indicate that bunchy top is prevalent in the Zamboanga Peninsula. From the GIS maps generated, it is quite clear that the areas where the disease was found are potential sources of further infection.