Disease Management in Cleome gynandra: A Review

Authors : Joyce Ruvimbo Kaliyati; Nyamande Mapope; Walter Manyangarirwa

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 7 - July

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8304414

Cleome gynandra known as the African spider plant (Cat’s whiskers) is an important leafy vegetable growing in the wild and as a weed in cropping systems throughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It has many important uses among culinary and medicinal systems making it a very special agricultural plant that has been neglected as a weed. C. gynandra has been used in place of over the counter medicines to cure ailments and in cropping systems to eliminate pathogens besides being used as a vegetable adding to the diet of mankind. This comes as a cheaper way of acquiring the same components found in those chemicals that are available in the C. gynandra plant. It has an ability of growing and maintaining high photosynthetic activity in elevated temperatures being a C4 plant resulting in high growth rates, it can grow under changing climate scenarios. It fits in all areas that include medicinal and nutritional giving it an important stance to be commercially grown and prove to be an economically important crop as there are increases in organic food markets and medicines and this improves livelihoods especially in developing countries. Commercial production requires tools that can safeguard the crop from being attacked by pests and diseases resulting in massive crop losses. Integrated Pest Management is increasingly taking a better stance considering the increasing resistance to chemicals by pests and an increased acceptance of organic food by many consumers. This pushes towards the promotion of C. gynandra into the main cropping system. This review explores the disease spectrum and management options for diseases of C. gynandra for recommendation for commercial production.

Keywords : Cleome gynandra, Pathogen, Diseases, Commercial production, Integrated Pest Management (IPM)


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