Pests and diseases


Bananas are host to a wide range of pests and diseases. The objective of this section is to keep tabs on all pests and diseases, starting with the ones that have taken on epidemic proportions and increasingly threaten the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

For the name of the diseases, we follow the guidelines of the Committee on Common Names of Plant Diseases1 of the International Society for Plant Pathology. For the names of viruses, we follow the guidelines of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses2 .

Common pests and diseases
Banana bacterial wilt (BBW) - see Xanthomonas wilt
Banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW) - see Xanthomonas wilt
Black Sigatoka - see black leaf streak
Blood bacterial wilt
Blood disease - see blood bacterial wilt
Panama disease - see Fusarium wilt
Sigatoka leaf spot or Yellow Sigatoka leaf spot
Yellow Sigatoka - see Sigatoka leaf spot
Scientific names of pests and pathogens
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense - see also Tropical race 4 (TR4)
Ralstonia solanacearum (race 2)
Xanthomonas vasicola pv. musacearum (formerly known as Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum)