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Cassava Phytoplasma Disease

Disease

Cassava Phytoplasma Disease

Phytoplasma spp.

bacteria

In a Nutshell

    Significantly shorter shoots on top of manioc plants give the plant a "witches' broom" aspectRoots may develop thin and woody with deep cracksSwellings of lower part of the stemsCurling and patterns on the leaves

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· Manioc

Symptoms

Several disease symptoms are caused by phytoplasma infection but the disease is called after the broom-like leaf proliferation it causes at the top of cassava plants. Often, it causes normally dormant shoots to grow, producing small, yellow leaves, appearing in the shape of a "witches’ broom" on top of the plant. Slight swellings of lower stems may occur, as well as curling and the appearance of a mottled green and yellow pattern on the leaves. Roots may grow thin and woody, with thick outer layers, and deep cracks. Sometimes the cracks will form a ring around the root, hindering the transport of water and nutrients to the aerial parts of the plant and giving rise to the peculiar growth. .

Trigger

The symptoms are triggered by bacteria-like organisms called phytoplasma that can only survive inside the vascular system of plants. They are mainly spread by the feeding habits of some insects that suck the sap of the cassava plants, among others mealybugs. Another important way of transmission is through the use or transport of infected plant material between fields or areas. This disease can be a serious threat to the cassava industry in many countries. Epidemics of phytoplasma disease have sometimes resulted in total yield losses when the disease has affected cassava plants early in their developmental stage. Quarantine measures to restrict the movement of infected plant material exist in some countries and can be further reinforced.

Biological Control

Treatment of cassava cuttings or seeds for six hours in 0.01 % Streptomycin solution before planting is an effective method in lowering mortality of cassava plants and increasing germination rate in the case of seeds. Some parasitic wasps have been used to control the populations of insect vectors.

Chemical Control

Always consider an integrated approach with preventive measures together with biological treatments if available. For cassava phytoplasma disease, there is no 100% effective chemical treatment available at the moment. Streptomycin treatments of cuttings and seeds increased root yield and starch content significantly and can be used to control the epidemics of the phytoplasma.

Preventive Measures

    Make sure to use disease-free planting material, obtained from certified sourcesPlant resistant varieties, if available in your areaRegularly monitor the field for signs of the diseaseMaintain a high hygiene standard in the field and with agricultural tools and equipmentDestroy infected plant individuals immediately by burning or burying them distant of the fieldDo not transport suspected infectious material to other fields or farmsWarn the quarantine authorities if the symptoms appear on the fields




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