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Banana streak disease (215)

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  • Worldwide distribution. On banana and plantains. Occurs on AAB, ABB, AAAB tissue cultures. A minor disease (but, severe strains in Cavendish in Africa, Central and South America - internal rots, splits and death).
  • Yellow streaks or bands from midrib to the margin, darkening with age. Affects vigour and fruit size.
  • Spread is in planting material, and by mealybugs.
  • Cultural control: disease-free suckers; survey and remove diseased plants as soon as disease seen.
  • Chemical control: treat mealybugs with white or horticultural oils or soap.
Common Name

Banana streak, banana streak disease

Scientific Name

Banana streak badnavirus. Several strains have been recognised, and some of these are now considered to be distinct viruses.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Diseases of fruit crops in Australia  (2009). Editors, Tony Cooke, et al. CSIRO Publishing; and from CABI (2020) Banana streak disease. Crop Protection Compendium.( Photos 1&2 Kohler F, et al. (1997) Diseases of cultivated crops in Pacific Island countries. South Pacific Commission. Pirie Printers Pty Limited, Canberra, Australia.

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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