EPPO Global Database

Phytophthora colocasiae(PHYTOO)

Distribution details in Nigeria

Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2015: Present, widespread
First recorded in: 2009
The disease was first noticed in November 2009, as many farmers in Abia state were alarmed by the complete destruction of their taro crops. The disease reached epidemic levels in 2010 in all taro-growing regions of Nigeria. The identity of the pathogen was confirmed in 2011.
* Bandyopadhyay R, Sharma K, Onyeka TJ, Aregbesola A, Lava Kumar P (2011) First report of taro (Colocasia esculenta) leaf blight caused by Phytophthora colocasiae in Nigeria. Plant Disease 95(5), p 618.
------- First confirmed record in Nigeria.

* ProMed posting (no. 20151119.3805332) of 2015-11-19. Leaf blight, Taro - Nigeria: (Katsina). http://www.promedmail.org/post/3805332
------- Economic damage in Katsina state.