Alternative host plants of banana aphid and BBTD

Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) is transmitted persistently by the banana aphid, Pentalonia nigronervosa Coquerel. Apart from Musaceae family, P. nigronervosa can also grow on other host plants. A study was conducted in the BBTD endemic area of South Cameroon, specifically in the localities of Nlono, Abang Minko'o and Mengama, to inventory the alternative host plants of banana aphid, define the identity of the aphid species present and their roles in aphid ecology and BBTD epidemiology. The alternative host plants of P. nigronervosa identified were Costus afer Ker Gawl, Carica papaya L., Canna indica L., Xanthosoma sagittifolium L. Aframomum sp, and Zingiber sp. Aphids were present on all the hosts plant with different level of abundance; Musa sp was the preferred aphid host plants whereas no aphid was observed on Carica papaya. Using molecular methods, BBTV was detected only on Musa plants while no other hosts were tested positive to BBTV; similarly, the virus was detected only on aphids fed on infected Musa plants. COI analysis reveal that all the aphid found on alternative host species were Pentalonia caladi while Pentalonia nigronervosa form typica were found on Musa sp and X. sagittifolium. Alternative hosts of banana aphid and aphids fed on play a role in aphid ecology but not in BBTV ecology in BBTD endemic area of Cameroon.


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Creator Ngatat, Sergine
Creator Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Creator ID Type ORCID
Creator ID 0000-0002-5786-3865
Subject Vocab (AGROVOC/GACS/CAB) Alternative hosts,Aphids,Banana Bunchy Top Virus,Pentalonia nigronervosa
Subject(s) Winged Aphids,Wingless Aphids,Pentalonia caladii
Publisher International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Person Ngassa T.G.R., S. Ngatat, R. Hanna, A. Enoh, A. Yaouba, E.S. Djomaha, A. Oresanya, A.M. Emapi, A. Fotso Kuate, K.K.M. Fiaboe, P.L. Kumar
Contributor Role Supervisor
Contributor Project Lead Organisation Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Project Lead Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor CRP CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Banana(RTB)
Contributor Partner Not applicable
Contributor Donor CGIAR program Roots, Tubers and Banana
Contributor Project Banana bunchy top disease control-RTB
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Contributor Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Open-Access status Open Access
Production Date 2017-05-25
Embargo End Date 2022-01-25
Content Type Dataset
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Identifier Type DOI
Identifier Citation
Source Banana bunchy top disease control-RTB
Language English
Relation Not applicable
Agroecological Zone Humid warm tropics
Coverage Region Central Africa
Coverage country Cameroon
Coverage Admin Unit Not applicable
Coverage Y (Latitude) 10.53300
Coverage X (Longitude) 2.13300
Coverage Start Date 2017-05-06
Coverage End Date 2018-04-04
Contact Ngatat, Sergine; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
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