Banana bunchy top disease (BBTD) is one of the world's most destructive viral diseases of banana and plantain, causing up to 100% yield loss in severe cases. The disease is vectored by banana aphids (Pentalonia nigronervosa) and carried long distances through the movement of infected plant materials. The banana aphids harboring banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) present in banana producing regions are the sole vector and the most efficient method of transmitting the virus to the healthy plants. Controlling the spread of BBTD has been very challenging since no known banana germplasm is immune to BBTV. The disease can be managed with the use of virus‐free planting material and roguing. However, once BBTD is established in the field, it is very difficult to eradicate or manage it.
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The authors:Temitope Jekayinoluwa, Leena Tripathi, Jaindra Nath Tripathi, Valentine Otang Ntui, George Obiero, Edward Muge, James Dale
journal:Food and Energy Security