- Use disease free planting materials .Seedlings are raised from tissue culture techniques are virus free.
- Control aphids as aphids can transmit the virus.
- Remove any host plants like wild banana or ginger.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Banana bunchy top virus syomptoms and control
Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV)
BBTV is a very common disease and serious problem of banana crop. As given in the name the disease is caused by a virus. Plants affected by disease do not produced any fruit.
Pathogen is a virus that is transmitted by banana aphids ( Pentalonia nigronervosa)
Only through vector controlling virus infection can be achieved. Use insecticides or other cultural methods that is used for aphid control
Dimethioate ,Imidacloprid, Oxydemeto-methyl and any other chemical that control aphids can be used to control aphids. Soap water is also suitable for the purpose.