African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6801

Short Communication

Incidence and management of the leaf hopper, Busoniomimus manjunathi, on Malabar Tamarind, Garcinia cambogia

Sivakumar T.
  • Sivakumar T.
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra-Alleppey, Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (Regional Station), Krishnapuram, P. O. Kayamkulam, Kerala 690533, India.
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Chandrika Mohan
  • Chandrika Mohan
  • CPCRI (RS), Kayamkulam, Krishnapuram. P. O., Kerala 690533, India.
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Babu M.
  • Babu M.
  • Thekkekalathattel, Govindamuttom, Kayamkulam, Kerala, India.
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  •  Accepted: 03 December 2012
  •  Published: 31 January 2013



Garcinia cambogia, the Malabar Tamarind is an evergreen spice tree known for its medicinal properties and mainly used as a spice in India. The crop is generally free from severe pests and disease attack. Of late, a leaf hopper Busoniomimus manjunathi was observed for the first time from farmer’s field. Infested plants showed various symptoms of damage from wilting of branches to complete drying up of the plant. The pest could be managed by Azadirachta india oil based formulation and synthetic insecticide, dimethoate. Close association of yellow ants was also recorded.


Key wordsSpice tree, Malabar tamarind, neem soap, pest management.