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Tapioca Pests

Pests of National Significance

Insect and mite pests

  • Spiralling whitefly: Aleurodicus dispersus Russell (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae)
  • Cassava whitefly: Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae)
  • White mussle scale/ tapioca scale : Aonidomytilus albus (Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Diaspididae)
  • Thrips: Retithrips syriacus Mayet (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)
  • Papaya mealybug: Paracoccus marginatus Williams & Granara de Willink (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae)
  • Cassava mealybug: Pseudococcus filamentosus Cockrell (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae)
  • Termites: Odontotermes spp. (Isoptera: Termitidae)
  • White grub: Leucopholis coneophora Burm (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
  • Tetranychid spider mites : Tetranychus telarius (Linnaeus) (Acarina: Tetranychidae). Tetranychus neocaledonichus Andre, Eutetranychus orientalis Klein, Oligonychus biharensis Hirst.

Diseases

  • Cassava mosaic disease: Indian cassava mosaic virus (ICMV)
  • Brown leaf spot: Cercospora henningsii Allescher.
  • Cassava tuber rot: Phytophthora palmivora Butler

Weeds

Broadleaf weeds

  • Spiny amaranth: Amaranthus spinosus L. (Amaranthaceae)
  • Common purselane: Portulaca oleracea L. (Portualacaceae)
  • Red spiderling: Boerhavia diffusa L. (Nyctaginaceae)
  • Benghal dayflower: Commelina benghalensis L. (Commelinaceae) 3.5 Goat weed: Ageratum conyzoides L. (Asteraceae)
  • Coat buttons: Tridax procumbens L. (Asteraceae) Grassy weeds
  • Crowfoot grass: Dactyloctenium agegyptium L. (Poaceae)
  • Congon grass: Imperata cylindrica L. (Poaceae) Sedges
  • Purple nutsedge: Cyperus rotundus L. (Cyperaceae)
  • Flat sedge: Cyperus iria L. (Cyperaceae)

IPM for Tapioca

To know the IPM practices for Tapioca, click here.

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



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