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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(10): 2270-2274
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.810.263


Management of Banana Pseudostem Weevil – A Biological Approach
Debanand Das1,2*, Nibedita Borgohain2, Ashok Bhattacharyya3 and Kartik Baruah4
1AICRP on Fruits
2Department of Nematology
3Director of Research (Agri.),
4Department of Horticulture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-13, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

The production and productivity of banana is governed by many biotic and abiotic factors. Among biotic factors, incidence of insect-pests is considered as one of the major hindrance in successful cultivation of banana. In India, about eight pests commonly infest the banana crops; but of these, the banana stem weevil (Odoiporus longicollis) is cosmopolite’s insect pest that threatens the banana cultivation. The most common management practices followed for managing this pest includes cultural practices and application of insecticides. An attempt was made to manage this insect pest using biocontrol agents with the following treatments: Beauveria bassiana (1x107 spores/ml) spray at 5th, 6th and 7th months after planting; Metarrhizium anisopliae (1x107 spores/ml) spray at 5th, 6th and 7th months after planting; swabbing B. bassiana on the pseudostem at 5, 6 and7 month after planting; swabbing M. anisopliae on the pseudostem at 5, 6 and7 month after planting; Heterorhabditis indica spray at 5, 6, 7 month after planting; stem trap swapped with B. bassiana @ 10ml/trap at 5 month after planting; stem trap swapped with H. indica @ 1x109 IJS /ml at 5th month after planting; insecticidal check – chlorpyrifos (0.1%) and untreated Control. Three years of experimentation resulted that among the bio-agents, application of B. bassiana was found to be the most effective in reducing the population of banana stem weevil. Amongst the treatments, swabbing B. bassiana on the pseudostem at 5, 6 and7 month after planting showed the best result followed by stem trapping of banana stem weevil swapped with B.bassiana @ 10ml/trap at 5 month after planting. There was 59.31 and 69.78 per cent reduction in psuedostem infestation over control at 7 months after planting and at harvest, respectively in the best treatment. However, insecticidal spray out yielded all the treatment in reducing the pest incidence and increasing the yield of banana.


Keywords: Banana pseudostem weevil, Beauveria bassiana, Heterorhabditis indica
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Debanand Das, Nibedita Borgohain, Ashok Bhattacharyya and Kartik Baruah. 2019. Management of Banana Pseudostem Weevil – A Biological Approach.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(10): 2270-2274. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.810.263