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Crop Protection :: Pests of Banana

Fruit rust thripsChaetanaphothrips signipennis

Symptoms of damage

  • Rusty reddish discolouration on the fingers
  • Yellowing of leaves and rusty growth over fruit
Red rusty spots on fruits Red rusty streaks on fruit skin Fruit cracking Yellowing of leaves

Identification of pest

  • Eggs: Eggs are laid either at stem or undersurface of the fruit
  • Larvae: Are wingless, whitish in colour resembling adult lice
  • Adult: Yellowish white with shaded wing.
Egg Larva Pupa Thrips


  • Destroy all volunteer plants and old neglected plantations
  • Use healthy and pest free suckers for planting
  • Hot water treatment prior to planting.
  • Bunch covers (which cover the full length of the bunch) protection applied very early.
  • Regular checking of fruit under the bunch covers is essential to ensure that damage
  • Bunches, pseudostem and the suckers should be sprayed chlorpyrifos
  • Soil application fipronil and bifenthrin
  • Field release of coccinelid predators like lacewings, ladybird beetles

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