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Management of Okra Yellow Vein Mosaic Virus and its Vector through Plant Extracts

Asad Chaudhary*, Khan MA and Bilal Yousaf

Department of Plant Pathology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

*Corresponding Author:
Asad Chaudhary
Department of Plant Pathology
University of Agriculture
Faisalabad, Pakistan
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 14, 2016; Accepted Date: January 23, 2017; Published Date: January 25, 2017

Citation: Chaudhary A, Khan MA, Yousaf B (2016) Management of Okra Yellow Vein Mosaic Virus and its Vector through Plant Extracts. J Plant Pathol Microbiol 8:393. doi: 10.4172/2157-7471.1000393

Copyright: © 2017 Chaudhary A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Four plants extract i.e. Azadirachta indica (neem), Allium sativum (garlic), Zingiber officinale (ginger) Allium cepa L (onion) were evaluated to manage OYVMV and its vector. For this purpose four Okra varieties Sabz pari, Pahuja, Pusa sawani and Lush green was sown under RCBD design. Data obtained from vector population and disease incidence was analyzed through ANOVA. Sabz pari was found moderately resistant. Pahuja showed tolerant behavior while Lush green and Pusa sawani showed moderately susceptible and susceptible response respectively. Among four plants extract Azadirachta indica (Neem) at 5% concentration was effective as compared to control and other extracts in reducing the whitefly and OYVMV disease incidence under field condition.


Okra cultivar; RCBD design; Plant extracts; Extracts concentrations; Disease incidence; White fly population; Anova


Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench) belongs to genus Abelmoschus and its family is Malvaceae. It is also known as ladyfinger. It is an important growing crop of Indo-Pak sub-continent. Okra fruit contains 80% water. The approximate nutrient value for 100 g of fresh edible fruit is 20 cal energy; 2 g protein; 0.1 g fat; 2.7 g carbohydrates; 660 g vitamin A; 0.2 mg thiamin; 0.06 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin; 44 mg vitamin C; 81 mg Ca; 0.8 mg Fe; 20 mg K and 10 mg Na. Average production of Okra in worldwide is 12.035 million tons. In Pakistan, it is cultivated on an area of 13.900 h and a total production of about 113,200 thousand tons [1]. Okra crop is attacked by various pathogens, which cause various diseases. These pathogens include Viruses, bacteria, fungi, mycoplasmas, nematode and insects. Some important diseases are Damping off, Fusarium wilt, Powdery mildew, Cercospora leaf spot, Leaf curl virus and Bhindi Yellow Vein Mosaic virus. The total loss of vegetable on this regard is about to 20% to 30%, which may increase up to 80% to 90% [2].

This viral disease infects during all the stages of growth. White fly transmits it. The most susceptible stage of is from 35 to 50 days. The initial symptoms on young leaf are a diffuse, mottled appearance. Clearing of small veins starts near the leaf margin at various points, about 15 to 20 days after infection. Afterward vein clearing develops into a vein chlorosis. In infected leaves, interveinal chlorosis occurs due to fibrous deficiency and all leaves turn yellow. The infected fruits are covered with yellow or creamy color, fibrous, small and tough [3]. Alegbejo [4] stated that whiteflies could transmit probably 21 viruses in Nigeria. Most of these viruses belong to Gemini virus. Due to this transmission, about 15% to 100% losses are seen. Whiteflies mostly affect tuber crops, oil seed crops, legumes as well as vegetables. The many controls of OYVMV have been studied. Treatment includes chemicals as well as plant extracts. Pathologists are trying to evaluate different plant extracts to control this disease. Worldwide scientist is preferred to adopt such measures, which don’t affect the human health.

Different management practices will be adopted to control plant viral disease to overcome the okra production losses. The use of plant extracts to control OYVMV disease and its vector is a cheap source as compared to all other expensive control measures.

The objective of this study is to evaluate different plant extracts against okra yellow vein mosaic virus disease incidence and B. tabaci population.

Materials and Methods

The experiment was conducted in the research area of department of plant pathology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad. In these experiment four different okra varities viz; Sabz pari, Pahuja, Pusa sawani and Lush green were sown in 10th July 2015. Seed of four okra varieties were taken from vegetable section of Ayub Agriculture Research Institute, Faisalabad for raising disease-screening nursery. Each replication consists of four entries with row-to-row distance 60 cm and plant to plant distance 20 cm. All the agronomic practices were followed to maintain the okra nursery in good condition. Thus, okra germplasm was subjected to natural viral inoculum, invasion and buildup of white fly (B. tabaci) Population density. The disease on each entry was assessed by following the diseases rating scale (Table 1).

Rating Scale Severity Range (%)
0 Immune 0%
1 Highly resistant 1% to 10%
2 Moderately resistance 11% to 25%
3 Tolerant 26% to 50%
4 Moderately susceptibility 51% to 60%

Table 1: Disease rating scale used for study.

Five treatments each with three replications were sprayed against whitefly at economic threshold level (4-5 whiteflies/leaf). The treatments were randomly applied on each block of variety thus designing the experiment according to randomized complete block design (RCBD). Following treatment were applied at 5% concentration

T1 = Azairachta indica (Neem) 5%

T2 = Allium sativum (Garlic) 5%

T3 = Zingiber officinale (Ginger) 5%

T4 = Allium cepa (Onion) 5%

T5 = Water (Control)

Crop was sprayed at 15, 30, 45 and 60 days interval after the day of sowing. Data were recorded on weekly basis. All possible interactions were determined through ANOVA (Table 2). All treatments mean was compared by LSD test at 5% level of probability [5].

Results and Discussion

Among all four varieties no any variety shows immunity against OYVMV disease incidence and whitefly population. Response of these varieties towards OYVMV disease shows variability based on their comparison to each other. Sabz Pari shows moderately resistance response to the disease with 25.38% plant infection. Pahuja variety showed tolerant response with 27.38% plant infection. Lush green variety was fall in moderately susceptible category with 52.47% plant infection. Suceptibility was observed in Pusa Sawani cultivar with maximum plant infection about 64.22% as shown in Table 2. In case of whitefly population, among all plant extracts A. indica resulted better and was 24.4% effective against whitefly followed by A. sativum 25.94%, Z. officinale 27.20%, A. cepa 28.20% and control 31.93% (Table 3).

Sr. No. Variety % disease incidence
V1 Sabaz pari 25.38
V2 Pahuja 27.38
V3 Lush green 52.47
V4 Pusa sawani 64.22

Table 2: Response of different Okra cultivars against Okra yellow vein mosaic disease.

Source of variation Degrees of freedom Sum of squares Mean squares F-value
Replication 2 11.51 5.76
Plant Extract (PE) 4 31531.11 7882.78 6119.33**
T 2 158.44 79.22 61.50**
C 2 2.85 1.43 1.11NS
PE × T 8 7208.71 901.09 699.51**
PE × C 8 782.84 97.86 75.96**
T × C 4 7 1.75 1.36NS
PE × T × C 16 32.39 2.02 1.57NS
Error 88 113.36 1.29
Total 134 39848.21

Table 3: Analysis of variance table for disease incidence.

Effective and efficient control of pest can be controls by the use of chemicals but it is hazardous for the environment due to their toxicity [6-8]. There is a need to search for alternative approaches without toxicity problems that are ecofriendly and nit capital intensive. Plant metabolites and plant based pesticides appear to be one of the better alternatives as they known to have minimal environmental impact and danger in contrast to the synthetic pesticides [9]. Pun et al. [10] conducted an experiment that the spray of leaf extract Propos chilensis and Bougainviilea spectabilis gave very impressive results in controlling yellow vein mosaic virus of Okra. These extracts increased the incubation period of the virus into the plants. Incubation period in plants treated with Propos chilensis and Bougainviilea spectabilis increase upto 19.1 days and 19.3 days respectively as compared to control which is 10.4 days.

Sarabani et al. [11] has demonstrated the environment friendly management of OYVMV disease of okra with the help tolerant cultivars, cost effective insecticidal sprays, plant extracts to control disease and its vector (B. tabaci). They applied four sprays after the interval of 15, 30, 45 and 60 days of sowing which gives the highest yield. Spray application of plant products delayed the occurrence of disease up to 60 days [12]. The mean of whitefly population reduction could be seen in Table 4 after 3 sprays with 15 days interval. While in case of Okra yellow vein mosaic virus disease and whitefly population reduction could be seen in Tables 5 and 6 respectively.

Application (days) Whitefly population
After 1st application 28.987
After 2nd application 27.947
After 3rd application 25.64

Table 4: Mean of whitefly population after 1st, 2nd and 3rd application.

Sr. No. Treatment Reduction in  OYVMV
T1 A.indica 27.77
T2 A.sativum 31.21
T3 Z.officinale 34.74
T4 A.cepa 37.21
Control 70.10

Table 5: Effect of treatments on OYVMV disease incidence.

Sr. No. Treatment Reduction in whitefly population
T1 A.indica 24.40
T2 A.sativum 25.95
T3 Z.officinale 27.17
T4 A.cepa 28.15
T5 Control 31.93
LSD 0.463

Table 6: Effect of treatments on whitefly population.


The use of resistant cultivars such as Sabz pari and Pahuja is an effective method to control OYVMV disease and its vector. Among all plant extracts Neem extracts at 5% concentration showed the best response for controlling OYVMV disease incidence and to suppress whitefly population when applied after 15 days interval stating from two weeks after germination.


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