A mathematical Model to assess the Role of Neglected Control Techniques in the Dynamics of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt Disease


  • John Joel Mapinda Department of Mathematics and IT, The Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere University of Agriculture and Technology, Tanzania
  • Gasper Godson Mwanga Department of Physics, Mathematics and Informatics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
  • Nkuba Nyerere Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Sokoine University of Agriculture,Tanzania
  • Verdiana Grace Masanja Department of Applied Mathematics, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania




Control Measures, Nakuru County Referral Hospital, Contaminated Soil, Mathematical Model


Banana Xanthomonas Wilt disease (BXW) is a destructive bacterial disease that highly threatens banana production in East and Central Africa. It is caused by a bacteria known as. In this paper, a mathematical model for the dynamics and control of BXW disease is formulated and analyzed. Numerical simulations were performed to examine the impact of participatory community education programs, clearance of Xcm bacteria in the soil, single diseased stem removal, and vertical transmission control strategies. It was found that participatory community farming education programs, timely removal of infected banana plants, clearance of Xcm bacteria in the soil dramatically reduce the number of secondary infections hence greatly contributing to the control of the BXW disease. The study recommends that, along with the existing control measures such as sterilization of farming tools, timely removal of the male bud using a forked stick and planting healthy suckers, more emphasis should be invested in educating farmers on disease detection and management strategies and increasing the rate of clearing Xcm bacteria in the soil so as to avoid persistence of the disease in the farms.


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How to Cite

John Joel Mapinda, Gasper Godson Mwanga, Nkuba Nyerere, & Verdiana Grace Masanja. (2022). A mathematical Model to assess the Role of Neglected Control Techniques in the Dynamics of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt Disease. International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Engineering (IJASRE), ISSN:2454-8006, DOI: 10.31695/IJASRE, 8(1), 107–123. https://doi.org/10.31695/IJASRE.2022.8.1.12