PR2 Marília Mazivele Titoce (CB):

Identification of the coconut yellowing disease vector (ALC).

General objective: Control the spread of the phytoplasma bacterium that causes lethal yellowing of coconut palms (ALC) in Mozambique.

Specific objectives: detection of the presence of the ALC phytoplasma and the insect Cassyta filiformis (weed) for analysis as a potential alternative host of the ALC phytoplasma, due to its abundance in coconut plantations.

In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari, Univ. Torino, Italia