Ogle, Laura ; Harries, Hugh
Author Affiliation, Ana.
International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS)
Introducing the vector: How coconut lethal yellowing disease may have reached the Caribbean
Ethnobotany Research & Applications
Date of Publication
Recent reports from Jamaica tell of an increase in the incidence of coconut lethal yellowing disease and raise the spectre of the epidemic of forty years ago. Is this just another coincidence in a series that seem to link the disease with Jamaica? The future threat is to susceptible coconut varieties in Caribbean islands from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Latin American countries from Nicaragua to Brazil. Will the disease progress in domin fashion from country to country or will it jump some countries to reach others? To answer this, consider the possibility that the disease originated outside the Caribbean and if it did, how did it firts reach Jamaica?....