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First report of yellow sugarcane aphid Sipha flava Forbes (Homoptera: Aphididae) in Tanzania
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Department of Agricultural Science, Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere University of Agriculture and Technology, Musoma, Tanzania
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Department of Entomology, Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute, Kibaha, Tanzania
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Entomology, Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute, Tanzania
A - Research concept and design; B - Collection and/or assembly of data; C - Data analysis and interpretation; D - Writing the article; E - Critical revision of the article; F - Final approval of article
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Department of Agricultural Science, Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere University of Agriculture and Technology, Oswad Mangombe, +255, Musoma, Tanzania
Submission date: 2019-12-14
Acceptance date: 2020-03-19
Online publication date: 2020-06-25
 
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2020;60(3):320–322
 
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The yellow sugarcane aphid (YSA), Sipha flava Forbes (Homoptera: Aphididae) is an invasive insect pest of many graminaceous plants which include cultivated crops, like sorghum, sugarcane, rice, maize and several species within non-cultivated genera e.g. Digitaria, Panicum, Paspalum, and Pennisetum. A survey conducted in the Kagera region indicated an infestation by YSA in nine sugarcane varieties grown. This pest causes damage to leaves leading to yellow, purple and red discoloration. This is the first report of YSA infestation in the Tanzanian sugarcane industry. Efforts to develop control measures are still in progress.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Special thanks are for agronomists of Kagera Sugar Limited for their assistance in surveying sugarcane fields.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exist.
FUNDING
This study was made possible through the Sugar Board of Tanzania financial aid.
 
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