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Napier grass: a fast growing grass used for cut and carry feed for cross bred dairy cattle

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A poster prepared by Janice Proud summarizing the project’s activities, 2007

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Napier grass: a fast growing grass used for cut and carry feed for cross bred dairy cattle

  1. 1. Partners: International Livestock Research Institute Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute, Kenya National Biological Control Program, Tanzania National Livestock Resource Research Institute, Uganda NAPIER GRASS Rothamsted Research, UK International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya A fast growing grass used for cut and carry feed for cross bred dairy cattle Smut and Stunt disease cause severe yield reduction Smut, caused by a fungus Stunt, caused by a phytoplasma Transmitted in planting material Where are they found? Transmitted in planting material and also by soil, manure and wind, and by leaf hopper vectors What researchers are doing: What you can do: • Inspect your crop regularly and remove diseased plants • Keep Napier healthy by weeding and manuring plots • Use planting material from disease Bulking and distributing Raising awareness of disease Developing diagnostics for free areas For further information contact: clean planting material and control measures screening for infection Dr Margaret Mulaa, KARI Kitale, margaretmulaa@yahoo.com

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