The potential benefits of GIS techniques in disease and pest control: an example based on a regional project in Central Africa

  • Chapter Authors : Bouwmeester, H.; Abele, S.; Manyong, V.M.; Legg, C.; Mwangi, M.; Nakato, G.V.; Coyne, D.; Sonder, K.

  • Document type : Conference paper

  • Year of publication : 2010

  • Conference : International Conference on Banana and Plantain in Africa on Harnessing International Partnerships to Increase Research Impact, Mombasa, Kenya, 2008/10/05-09

  • Book title : Acta Horticulturae 879

  • Editors : Dubois, T.; Hauser, S.; Staver, C.; Coyne, D.

  • Publisher(s) : ISHS

  • Place of publication : Leuven, Belgium

  • ISBN : 978-90-6605-593-3

  • Pages : 333-340

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The original publication is available at

    Pests and diseases of bananas (Musa spp.) threaten the livelihoods of over 20 million people in the Great Lakes region. Geographic information systems (GIS) provide valuable tools in monitoring, predicting, managing and fighting the spread of pests and diseases. The tools offer opportunities for cost-effective and efficient targeting of control interventions. In monitoring, GIS can be used to determine the spatial extent of a disease, to identify spatial patterns of the disease and to link the disease to auxiliary spatial data. GIS can also be used to predict the projected spread of diseases, to provide input for risk assessment models in pest control and in quantifying changing thresholds of pests and diseases due to climate change. In order to use GIS techniques at a larger scale, a protocol for data collection and management is essential.


  • Open access : No

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  • Musalit document ID : IN110052

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