A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
July 2009. A request for information on Blood bacterial wilt. Has a variety called Pisang Puju – budless cooking banana – survived epidemics in Indonesia? Or is this the same as Pisang Kepok?
A member replied: Ivan Buddenhagen’s paper in Blood Bacterial Wilt of Banana: History, Field Biology and Solution inISHS Acta Horticulturae 828, states that this banana disease is epidemic on ABB/BBB cooking bananas like Pisang Kepok. The paper goes on to state that a budless mutant of P Kepok was discovered in Sulawesi in 1992 and that this budless mutant produces healthy fruit in areas where the disease is endemic. The last sentence of the abstract: “A project is being started to propagate budless P Kepok in tissue culture on a large scale for distribution to farmers.”
Pisang Kepok is highly susceptible to Blood bacterial wilt; only the budless mutant is resistant in accord with all else that is known about insect transmission of Moko bacterial wilt on Bluggoe banana and its control in Central America.