A Cuban banana disease

  • Authors : Smith, E.F.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 1910

  • Journal title : Science

  • Volume (number) : 31 (802)

  • Pages : 754-755

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 0036-8075; 1095-9203

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : My attention was first called to this disease in December, 1908, by Mr. Horne, of the Cuban Experiment Station, who requested me to study the cause of the disease. Up to this time I have been unable to visit western Cuba where it prevails, especially in bananas used as shade for tobacco, but I have received several lots of diseased material, and now have affected plants growing in one of the Washington hothouses. The fungus may be designated for the present as Fusarium Cubense. It produces macroconidia and microconidia of typical form, reddens and purples various culture media, and has not so far shown any ascospore form. The chief characteristic separating it from other species so far as yet known is its location in the diseased banana plant and its ability to produce the before-mentioned disorganization phenomena in the vascular bundles, but no doubt other peculiarities will be developed as the study of the organism progresses.


  • Open access : No

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  • Musalit document ID : IN200599

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