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Banana: Diseases and Symptoms

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Panama wilt

Disease symptoms
  • Infected plant and Stem imgYellowing of the lower most leaves starting from margin to midrib of the leaves
  • Yellowing extends upwards and finally heart leaf alone remains green for some time and it is also affected.
  • The leaves break near the base and hang down around pseudostem.
  • Longitudinal splitting of pseudostem. Discolouration of vascular vessels as red or brown streaks.
Survival and spread
  • The pathogen spreads through infected rhizomes
Favourable conditions
  • Continuous cultivation in the infested field or monocroping results in buildup of inoculum

Mycosphaerella leaf spot, yellow sigatoka, black sigatoka

Disease symptoms
  • black sigatoka imgEarly symptoms appear on the third or fourth leaf from the top, i.e., on young leaves.
  • Small spindle shaped spots on foliage with greyish centre and yellowish halo running parallel to veins.
  • If the fruit is nearing maturity at the time of heavy infection, the flesh ripens but evenly and individual bananas appear undersized and their flesh develops a buff pinkish colour, and store poorly.
Survival and spread
  • The conidia of the fungus are carried by wind ,rain water and old dried infected leaves and they help to spread the disease


Disease symptoms
  • Anthracnose imgAt the initial stage, small, circular, black spots develop on the affected fruits. Then these spots enlarge in size, turn to brown colour
  • The skin of the fruit turns black and shrivels and becomes covered with characteristic pink acervuli. Finally the whole finger is affected. Later the disease spreads and affects the whole bunch.
  • The disease results in premature ripening and shriveling of the fruits which are covered with pink spore masses.
  • Occurrence if black lesions on the pedicel causes withering of the pedicel and dropping of the fingers from the hands
  • Sometimes the main stalk of the bunch may become diseased. Infected fruits become black and rotten
Survival and spread
  • The spread of the disease is by air-borne conidia and numerous insects which frequently visit banana flowers also spread the disease
Favourable conditions
  • The disease is favoured by high atmospheric temperature and humidity, wounds and brusies caused in the fruit and susceptibility of the variety

Moko disease/bacterial wilt

Disease symptoms
  • bacterial wilt imgLeaves become yellow and progress upwards. The petiole breaks and leaves hang.
  • When it is cut open discolouration in vascular region with pale yellow to dark brown colour.
  • The discolouration is in the central portion of the corm.
  • Internal rot of fruits with dark brown discoloration.
  • When the pseudostem is cut transversely bacterial ooze can be seen.
Survival and spread
  • The bacterium survives in infected plant material, vegetative propagative organs, wild host plants, and soil.
Favourable conditions
  • High temperatures and high soil moisture generally favors disease

Tip over or bacterial soft rot

Disease symptoms
  • bacterial soft rot imgThis disease is more pronounced on young suckers leading to rotting and emitting of foul odour
  • Roting of collar region is a commonest symptom followed by epinasty of leaves, which dry out suddenly
  • If affected plants are pulled out it comes out from the collar region leaving the corm with their roots in the soil
  • In early stage of infection dark brown or yellow water soaked areas are more in the cortex area When affected plants are cut open at collar region yellowish to reddish ooze is seen.
Survival and spread
  • Bacteria survive in crop debris and infect by water splash through damaged tissues.
  • Worse in hot wet weather. The bacteria spread in contaminated water.
Favourable conditions
  • Higher temperatures and high humidity are ideal growing conditions for the bacteria

Bunchy top/curly top

Disease symptoms
  • curly top imgProminent dark green streaks on the petioles and midrib along the leaf veins.
  • Marginal chlorosis and curling of leaves
  • Petioles fail to elongate
  • Leaves are reduced in size, chlorotic, stand upright and become brittle and are crowded at the top (Bunchy top) and shoe dark green streaks with ‘J hook’ shape near the midrib.
  • Flowers display mottled and streaked discolouration
  • Plants show marked stunting
Survival and spread
  • Vector: banana aphid, Pentalonia nigronervosa
  • The disease can be spread by infected plant debris, plant wounds and injuries.
Favourable conditions
  • Hot and damp weather with plenty of rainfall trigger the disease to occur.

Banana bract mosaic virus (BBMV)

Disease symptoms
  • bract mosaic virus imgThe disease is characterized by the presence of spindle shaped pinkish to reddish streaks on pseudostem, midrib and peduncle
  • Typical mosaic and spindle shaped mild mosaic streaks on bracts, peduncle and fingers also observed
  • Suckers exhibit unusual reddish brown streaks at emergence and separation of leaf sheath from central axis
  • Clustering of leaves at crown with a travelers palm appearance, elongated peduncle and half filled hands are its characteristic symptom.
Survival and spread
  • The disease is caused by a virus belonging to potyvirus group. The virions are flexuous filamentous
  • The virus is transmitted through aphid vectors such as Aphis gosypii, Pentolonia nigronervosa and Rhopalosiphum maidis. In field the disease spread mainly through suckers

Banana streak disease (BSV)

Disease symptoms
  • A prominent symptom exhibited by BSV is yellow streaking of the leaves, which becomes progressively necrotic producing a black streaked appearance in older leaves.
Survival and spread
  • streak disease imgThe virus is transmitted mostly through infected planting materials, though mealy bugs (Planococcus citri) and more probably Saccharicoccus sacchari are also believed to transmit it. Shoot tip culture does not eliminate it from vegetatively propagated materials.

Infectious chlorosis (CMV)

Disease symptoms
  • chlorosis imgThe disease manifests itself in all stages of crop growth.
  • Due to repeated use of suckers from infected plants the disease spreads and resulting in the gradual decrease in yield and quality.
  • The disease is known to occur in all banana-growing states.
  • Light yellow streaks run parallel to leaf veins giving the leaf a striped appearance.
  • The streaks run usually from mid rib to edge of the blade.
Survival and spread
  • Virus is disseminated by suckers and Aphis gossypi.


IPM for Banana

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Source: NIPHM and Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage

Shivani rajput Sep 01, 2019 07:17 PM

This is very usefull information for students but sir add disease management and disease cycle

Gurjeet Singh May 07, 2019 05:43 AM

This is very helpful for students and farmers, but Sir please add disease management

Thank you

S AYYAPPAN MSc AGRI Jan 09, 2019 06:43 PM

Nice Article really it will help farmers and they can understand easily

Ravichandran Sep 21, 2018 07:17 PM

nice article.

Cecilia massa Apr 04, 2018 06:00 PM

Thank you for the information , however we need treatment of these conditions

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