Essential tea tree oil as a tool to combat black sigatoka in banana

Moshe Reuveni, Marcel Barbier, Agnelo J. Viti

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Black Sigatoka disease, caused by Mycosphaerella fijiensis, is considered the most damaging and costly disease of commercial banana and plantain and is mainly controlled by intensive sprays of synthetic fungicides. Essential tea tree oil derived from Melaleuca alternifolia plant was found to be effective against a wide range of plant-pathogenic fungi including black Sigatoka in conventional production systems and was as effective as synthetic fungicides such as tridemorph, difenoconazole, trifloxystrobin and azoxystrobin. This paper provides evidence that tea tree oil offers an attractive alternative for controlling black Sigatoka in banana plantations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-186
Number of pages7
JournalOutlooks on Pest Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Banana
  • Bio-fungicide
  • Black sigatoka
  • Disease management
  • Disease resistance
  • Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Mycosphaerella fijiensis
  • Plantain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Insect Science


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