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Levels of host plant resistance to banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), in African Musa germplasm

  • Andrew Kiggundu
  • Clifford S. Gold
  • Maryke T. Labuschagne
  • Dirk Vuylsteke
  • Schalk Louw


Forty-five Musa clones, including endemic and introduced cultivars plus hybrids, were evaluated for resistance against the banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus, in a field trial in Uganda. The predominant groups of staple crops, East African highland bananas (Musa spp. AAA) and plantains (Musaspp. AAB), as well as plantain-derived hybrids (AAB × AA), showed the highest levels of susceptibility to this pest. These were followed by dessert bananas (Musa spp. AAA), exotic bananas (Musa spp. ABB) and finally diploids of M. acuminata (AA). Hybrids of banana origin were highly resistant. Some East African highland cultivars, especially brewing types (e.g., Kabula, Bagandeseza, Ediirira), showed intermediate levels of resistance. Among the non-highland bananas, high levels of resistance were observed in Yangambi-Km5 (AAA), Cavendish (AAA), Gros Michel (AAA), Kayinja (ABB, Pisang Awak subgroup), Ndiizi (AB, Ney Poovan subgroup)and Kisubi (Ney Poovan subgroup). The highest resistance was observed in banana hybrids TMB2×7197-2, TMB2×8075-7 and the wild banana Calcutta-4 (AA). These were considered the best sources of resistance for a weevil resistance-breeding programme with the two hybrids commonly used as improved male parents.

cluster analysis Cosmopolites sordidus host plant Musa principal component analysis resistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Kiggundu
    • 1
  • Clifford S. Gold
    • 2
  • Maryke T. Labuschagne
    • 3
  • Dirk Vuylsteke
    • 2
  • Schalk Louw
    • 3
  1. 1.Kawanda Agricultural Research InstituteKampalaUganda
  2. 2.IITA-ESARCKampalaUganda
  3. 3.University of the Orange Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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