African cotton mosaic disease

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African cotton mosaic disease

Minor Pest Description

The disease causative agent is still unknown but it is associated with whitefly-transmitted geminiviruses, based on symptomatology typical of begomoviruses and the demonstration of its transmissibility by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. The disease is widespread in Africa south of the Sahara. Disease symptoms include irregular leaf mottling (chlorotic patches), reduced flower production, boll shedding and stunting of infected plants.


Minor Pest What to do.
  • As with most insect-vectored plant viruses, the disease pressure may be reduced by routine sanitation practices.
  • Also remove infected residues; this helps to reduce disease inoculum (source) and assists in lowering vector populations
  • Remove seasonal weeds adjacent to cotton fields and ditch banks in irrigated areas
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