EPPO Global Database

Banana bunchy top virus(BBTV00)

Distribution details in South Africa

Situation
Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2016: Present, few occurrences
Comments
Symptoms were first observed in June 2015 on 5 banana plants in a farm close to Hibberdene (KwaZulu Natal). Laboratory analysis confirmed the presence of BBTV in these 5 symptomatic plants.

Officially confirmed in February 2017 (IPPC). A follow up survey was done in February 2016 and showed that the virus had spread further than the initial infection point, but still within the Hibberdene area.
References
* IPPC website. Official Pest Reports – South Africa (ZAF-34/1 of 2017-02-15) First detection of Banana Bunchy Top Virus in South Africa. https://www.ippc.int/en/countries/south-africa/pestreports/2017/02/first-detection-of-banana-bunchy-top-virus-in-south-africa/

* Jooste AEC, Wessels N, van der Merwe M (2016) First report of Banana bunchy top virus in banana (Musa spp.) from South Africa. Plant Disease 100(5), p 1251.
------- First report.

* Pietersen G, Staples MS, Swart G, Korsten L (1996) Non-confirmation of banana bunchy top virus in South Africa. African Plant Protection 2(1), 1-8.
------- Survey carried out in 1996 did not detect the disease.

* Su, H. J.; Wu, R. Y.; Tsao, L. Y. (1993) Proceedings: International Symposium on Recent Developments in Banana Cultivation Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan 14-18 Dec. 1992 (Ed. by Valmayour, R.V. et al.), 308-312. INIBAP-ASPNET, Los Banos, Philippines.
------- Unreliable.