Canton is resistant to bunchy top
tissue but its fiber is inferior to that from abaca.
'The orchards in our area mostly got not more than Rs500 per maund,' said Imdad Talpur, who owns a farm in Matiari district.Until the 1980s, the coastal district Thatta was known for banana cultivation but the farmers say Bunchy Top
ravaged the orchards.
Abaca farms reportedly suffered from the deadly bunchy top
disease, and had to be planted with other crops.
But the bunchy top
disease wiped out banana from the coastal district.
When the deadly mosaic, bract mosaic and bunchy top
viruses ravaged thousands of hectares of abaca plantations in the Bicol region and in Eastern Visayas in 1999, production collapsed.
First is the attack of banana bunchy top
virus that destroys the whole crop, and second is the low yield.
Rhizosphere and endophytic bacteria for induction of systemic resistance of banana plantlets against bunchy top
Infested shoot tips had a bushy form leading to an appearance similar to "bunchy top
," as described by Kairo et al.
Banana production is also hampered by various crop viruses like bunchy top
virus, diseases and pest attacks besides nutrition deficiencies.
Spread of banana bunchy top
and other plant virus diseases in time and space.
Bio hardening with plant growth promoting rhizosphere and endophytic bacteria induce systemic resistance against Banana bunchy top
virus (BBTV) in banana.