Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Oil palm genetic orange spotting (205)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Widespread distribution. On oil palms, but the viroid is related to Coconut cadang-cadang viroid and Coconut tinangaja viroid of cocounts. Wherever oil palms are grown. Of minor importance; sometimes 1-2% after 3 years.
  • Of interest because Coconut cadang-cadang viroid of coconut causes the spotting disease in oil palm, and the spotting viroid of oil palm causes cadang-cadang in coconuts, a lethal disease.
  • Spots 2-3 mm on all but the youngest leaves, palms stunted and bunches and nuts smaller than normal. Decline occurs over 20 years.
  • Spread in seed, and perhaps when harvesting.
  • Cultural control: remove palms when symptoms first seen.
  • Chemical control: none recommended.

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