Development of Integrated Pest Management Alternatives for the Main Pests and Diseases of Platano (Plantain)
Ohio State University
Jorge Mendoza, Carmita Suarez (Ecuador); Michael Ellis, Roger Williams (US)
The main cause of low quality and productivity of platano (plantain) (var. Barranganete) in the region of “El Carmen” was attributed to pests and diseases, as was determined from field trips and participatory analysis with platano growers in the area. In response to these problems, studies were initiated to determine the importance of platano pests and their natural enemies, and to develop alternatives for managing black sigatoka (Micosphaerella fijiensis).
To determine the importance of platano pests and their natural enemies, and to develop alternatives for managing black sigatoka (Micosphaerella fijiensis).
Researchers found that in respect to the management of the black sigatoka (second experiment), plants sprayed with fungicides have the largest number of functional leaves (level < 3 in the Stover scale).