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Pan-African Soybean Variety Trials Disease and Pest Evaluation Report - Ethiopia

The Pan-African Soybean Variety Trials (PAVT) were established at Pawe located in Northwest Ethiopia in the 2019 growing season. Pawe is one of the regions where soybean production is rapidly increasing. The site is also a hotspot for soybean diseases due to the high temperature and humidity experienced during the rainy season. The PAVTs were hosted by the Pawe Agricultural Research Centre (PARC). Evaluation for diseases and insect pest damage was conducted in October 2019 in conjunction with the soybean experts at PARC. A total of 30 genotypes were planted in 3 replications. Overall, the crop stand was good. The majority of genotypes were at the pod filling stage (growth stage R4) to begin maturity (growth stage R7) with five of the genotypes The most common diseases identified were frog eye leaf spot, red leaf blotch, mustard leaf spot, Cercospora leaf blight, bacterial pustule and bacterial blight.