Ekemini Obok, Andy Wetten and Joël Allainguillaume
Cacao swollen shoot virus (CSSV) remains a significant viral pathogen endemic in West African cacao-growing countries. Eradication of affected trees (complete removal) and resistance breeding in existing cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) germplasm have not yielded the expected results in terms of controlling the spread of CSSV. CSSV is reported to be vectored by at least 16 species of mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), but there have been no molecular evidences to validate these reports. Inconsistent reports exit on CSSV transmission which were based on visual assessments of CSSV infection which are highly subjective, especially on asymptomatic cacao.
Ekemini Obok, Andy Wetten and Joël Allainguillaume (2018); Molecular Evidence of Cacao swollen shoot virus Acquisition and Retention by Planococcus citri (Risso) and Pseudococcus longispinus (Targioni-Tozzetti) and Pseudococcus viburni (Signoret) Mealybugs (H; International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP)
8(3) (ISSN: 2250-3153), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29322/IJSRP.8.3.2018.p7507