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First detection of Banana Bunchy Top Virus in South Africa

Publication Date
Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 12:47
Last Updated
Dec. 1, 2021, 8:45 a.m.
Report Number
South Africa
Pest Id
Banana bunchy top virus - (BBTV00)
Report Status
Banana (Musa spp.)
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Unknown
Geographical Distribution
The virus was detected on a banana plantation near Hibberdene on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa.

Banana plants showing symptoms for BBTV were detected by the farmer during routine surveys, in June 2015. The leaf samples tested positive for BBTV. The farm was placed under quarantine and an order to destroy infected plant material was given to the farmer. A follow up survey was done in February 2016 where it was found that the virus had spread further than the initial infection point, but still within the Hibberdene area. The vector, Pentalonia nigronervosa, has also been detected in the Ramsgate area of KwaZulu Natal. Surveillance actions for the vector have been initiated.

Banana production in KwaZulu Natal.
Contact for info
Mr Thizwilondi Munzhelele Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Private Bag x14 Gezina 0031 Email: [email protected]
Report files
Detection of Banana Bunchy Top Virus in South Africa
Issue keywords
Delimiting survey National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) Risk Management
Commodity keywords
Bananas, incl. plantains, fresh or dried

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