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Banana mosaic (100)

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  • Worldwide distribution, in temperate, sub-tropical and tropical countries. Very wide host range: cucurbit, bean, potato families, weeds as well as crops. A minor disease of banana.
  • Light and dark green dots, short lines or patches along the veins; sometimes distortions. Later, new leaves appear healthy.
  • Aphids spread sap and virus from diseased to healthy plants, moving by wing or wind between them.
  • Cultural control: not appropriate as disease is not important on banana; important for many other crops.
  • Chemical control: insecticides are not appropriate, mineral oil repel aphids and may reduce virus spread.
Common Name

Banana mosaic, cucumber mosaic, infectious chlorosis.

Scientific Name

Cucumber mosaic cucumovirus. The abbreviation for this virus is CMV. There are a number of strains.

AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Information from (including Photo 1) Diseases of fruit crops in Australia (2009). Editors, Tony Cooke, et al. CSIRO Publishing.

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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