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Search for alternative hosts of banana bunchy top virus in Australia

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Geering, A. D. W. and Thomas, J. E. (1997) Search for alternative hosts of banana bunchy top virus in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology, 26 . pp. 250-254. ISSN 1448-6032

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1071/AP97040


A range of plant species that are either cultivated, naturalised or indigenous to sub-tropical eastern Australia and are also able to sustain feeding by Pentalonia nigronervosa, the vector of banana bunchy top virus (BBTV), were investigated as possible hosts of the virus. Alocasia brisbanensis, Alpinia arundelliana. Alpinia caerulea, Alpinia zerumbet, Canna indica, Colocasia esculenta, Hedychiumcoronarium and Heliconia psittacorum cv. Red Parakeet were aphidinoculated with BBTV and none became systemically infected. Furthermore, no BBTV was detected in surveys of field plants of Alocasia brisbanensis, Alpinia caerulea, Cannaindica, Canna × generalis, Canna × orchiodes,Colocasia esculenta and Strelitzia reginae found growing in or near banana plantations affected by BBTV. It is therefore concluded that hosts other than Musa spp. probably do not play a role as reservoirs of BBTV in Australia.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Individual or types of plants or trees > Bananas
Plant pests and diseases > Plant pathology
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