Submitted to: CABI Crop Protection Compendium
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/26/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Pseudococcus elisae Borchsenius or the banana mealybug is a pest primarily of bananas in Central America and northern South America. It has been confused with P. jackbeardsleyi Gimpel and Miller or Jack Beardsley mealybug, which is widespread in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, Texas, Florida, southern Asia, and many Pacific Islands including Hawaii. It occurs on a wide variety of tropical fruit, vegetables, and ornamental plants and is frequently taken in quarantine at ports-of-entry. This analysis summarizes and synthesizes data about these pests so that the compiled information can be made available in the CABI Crop Protection Compendium. The compendium provides needed data on pests on a world-wide basis and is particularly important to under-developed countries where useful information is difficult to obtain. Results of this research is of value to all who are interested in the control, ecology, life history, pest texclusion, and pest management of tropical mealybugs including homeowners, nurserymen, quarantine specialists, extension agents, and state and university researchers.
Technical Abstract: Data sheets are compiled for two species of mealybugs Pseudococcus elisae Borchsenius and P. jackbeardsleyi Gimpel and Miller. Information provided is: Valid scientific name, classification, synonyms, common names, hosts, symptoms, morphology, detection and inspection methods, distribution, biology and ecology, economic impact, and references.