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Control Strategy for ‘Bugtok’ Diseases
‘Bugtok’ in banana is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas solanacearum, making banana fruits discoloured and hard even when it is ripe. The bacterium is believed to be above ground and carried by insects because even if the mother plant is infected, the suckers are not. This control strategy employs regular stem sanitation and deleafing, and debudding or early removal of the male bud when the banana plant’s “false hand” appears. Whenever possible, bagging of the banana flower is done during the bending stage using a 0.75 x 1.5 m plastic bag with an open end.
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