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Farmers’ perception on falcata (falcataria moluccana (miq.) Barneby & j.w.grimes) gall rust disease in kiorao, kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

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Regein G. Calunsag, Mark Jun A. Rojo, Michael Arieh P. Medina, Rico A. Marin

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.21( 2), 43-49, August 2022


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A survey was conducted to determine the perception of farmers on gall rust of falcata. Gall rust is a common foliage disease of Falcataria moluccana (Miq.) Barneby & J.W. Grimes caused by fungus Uromycladium falcatarium Doungsa-ard, mc Taggart & R.G. Shivas. The study was conducted in Barangay (village) Kiorao, Kibawe, Bukidnon. Survey data showed that the farmer respondents’ age is between 25-61 years with different levels of educational background and family size. Respondents’ falcata plantations range from 0.2 to 1 hectare in size. Based on the interview, Farmers gained information about gall rust disease mostly from extension programs of government agencies. Only half of the respondents believed that gall rust is caused by fungi while most perceived it is caused by environmental factors. The respondents “strongly agree” that gall rust disease has a negative impact on Falcata trees. Disease management has not been thoroughly practiced by local farmers to control gall rust disease because of limited access to quality resistant seeds and minimal knowledge on the control measures against gall rust disease of Falcata.


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