Are banana weevil borers a vector in spreading Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense tropical race 4 in banana plantations?

Meldrum, R. A., Daly, A. M., Tran-Nguyen, L. T. T. and Aitken, E. A. B. (2013) Are banana weevil borers a vector in spreading Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense tropical race 4 in banana plantations?. Australasian Plant Pathology, 42 5: 543-549. doi:10.1007/s13313-013-0214-2


Author Meldrum, R. A.
Daly, A. M.
Tran-Nguyen, L. T. T.
Aitken, E. A. B.
Title Are banana weevil borers a vector in spreading Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense tropical race 4 in banana plantations?
Formatted title
Are banana weevil borers a vector in spreading Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense tropical race 4 in banana plantations?
Journal name Australasian Plant Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0815-3191
1448-6032
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13313-013-0214-2
Open Access Status
Volume 42
Issue 5
Start page 543
End page 549
Total pages 7
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Fusarium wilt of banana is a destructive plant disease, caused by the soilborne pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc). Once established, it spreads rapidly, destroys the banana plants and builds up inoculum in the soil. To improve control and containment strategies, this study examined the pattern and possible methods of Foc tropical race 4 (Foc TR4) spread on a plantation. To date, root-to-root dispersal within the soil has been the presumed means of spread, but the fact that the spread of Foc TR4 occurred beyond neighbouring plants on the four fields assessed inferred that this is not the only mechanism. The banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus, is widespread in banana plantations and viable spores were found on the exoskeletons of ten per cent of the weevils, which infers that they may be a vector. Controlling vectors such as C. sordidus in banana plantations may therefore help minimise the spread of Foc TR4.
Keyword Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense tropical race 4
Epidemiology
Cosmopolites sordidus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Official 2014 Collection
 
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