Translator Disclaimer
1 April 2009 Aphid Transmission of Banana Bunchy Top Virus to Bananas After Treatment With a Bananacide
Cerruti R. R. Hooks, Steve Fukuda, Eden A. Perez, Roshan Manandhar, Koon-Hui Wang, Mark G. Wright, Rodrigo P. P. Almeida
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Field and laboratory studies were conducted to determine the impact of using a herbicide as a bananacide on aphid transmission of Banana bunchy top virus (family Nanoviridae, genus Babuvirus, BBTV) to healthy banana (Musa spp.) plants. BBTV-infected banana plants in a commercial orchard were treated with Roundup Weathermax herbicide. Using polymerase chain reaction, the time after herbicide treatment that BBTV could no longer be detected in the infected plants was determined. The impact of the herbicide treatment on Pentalonia nigronervosa Coquerel (Hemiptera: Aphididae) virus acquisition and ability to inoculate healthy banana plants with BBTV also were determined. Generally, banana plants were dead beyond 42 d after herbicide injection (DAI), and BBTV was detected in a similar high percentage of treated plants from 0 up to 21 DAI. During two field trials, 0 and 32% of P. nigronervosa acquired the virus from treated plants at 42 DAI, respectively, but none successfully inoculated a healthy banana plant beyond 35 DAI. Finally, 22% of P. nigronervosa colonies collected directly from the pseudostem of injected plants at the final sample date (42 DAI) tested positive for BBTV and infected 9.5% of the healthy banana plants. The findings indicate that banana plants may remain a potential source of virus inoculum 6 wk after injection with a bananacide. The implications of these findings with respect to BBTV management are discussed.

©2009 Entomological Society of America
Cerruti R. R. Hooks, Steve Fukuda, Eden A. Perez, Roshan Manandhar, Koon-Hui Wang, Mark G. Wright, and Rodrigo P. P. Almeida "Aphid Transmission of Banana Bunchy Top Virus to Bananas After Treatment With a Bananacide," Journal of Economic Entomology 102(2), 493-499, (1 April 2009). https://doi.org/10.1603/029.102.0205
Received: 16 October 2008; Accepted: 1 December 2008; Published: 1 April 2009
JOURNAL ARTICLE
7 PAGES

This article is only available to subscribers.
It is not available for individual sale.
+ SAVE TO MY LIBRARY

SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top