Successful rescue and field establishment of native banana varieties severely affected by rhizome rot

Waman Ajit Arun, Pooja Bohra, Konana Umesha, Shivapur Channegowda Chandrashekar, Bangalore Narayanappa Sathyanarayana, Basawantanahalli Saddappa Sreeramu


Rhizome rot disease caused by Erwinia spp. is emerging as a major problem in banana nurseries and young plantations worldwide. Management of the disease is possible only in the initial stages of development. Currently no method is available for rescuing plant material already infected with this pathogen. A total of 95 Nanjanagud Rasabale and 212 Elakki Bale suckers were collected from different growing regions of Karnataka, India. During nursery maintenance of these lines, severe Erwinia infection was noticed. We present a method to rescue infected plants and establish them under field conditions. Differences were noticed in infection severity amongst the varieties and their accessions. Field data revealed good establishment and growth of most rescued plants under field conditions. The discussed rescue protocol coupled with good field management practices resulted in 89.19 and 82.59 percent field establishment of previously infected var. Nanjanagud Rasabale and var. Elakki Bale plants, respectively.


Ney Poovan; rescue technique; Silk banana; soft rot; tip over

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