Forest Plants

  • R. Sundararaj
  • M. Mani


Mealybugs often cause serious damage to the growth of forest tree species particularly in nurseries and plantations. The damage is caused by sap sucking resulting in dieback symptoms and secreting copious amount of honeydew on which black sooty mould fungus develops. Often the infestation results in drying of branches causing dieback of branches and ultimately death in seedlings and trees. The affected flowers wither and fruits dry up, fall off prematurely. The seedlings and trees affected severely by mealybugs shed their leaves and look like sickly appearance and in some cases drying of branches in trees and death of seedlings. Most of the mealybugs are highly polyphagous and have many collateral hosts and hence, they can spread very rapidly to the neighbouring plants. In this chapter, the mealybugs infesting important tree species were reviewed along with the possible management practices.


Natural Enemy Sooty Mould Teak Plantation Ficus Carica Pongamia Pinnata 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Wood Science and TechnologyBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBangaloreIndia

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