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Insects cause plague on Cuban Malanga crops

Insects cause plague on Cuban Malanga crops

Cuban scientists found that the country’s farms of Malanga, a brown and
edible tuber widely cultivated in tropical regions, were suffering a
devastating plague called Tarophagus colocasiae, local media reported on
Saturday.

Sergio Rodriguez Morales, director of the National Research Institute on
Tropical Crops, said that experts have been examining the Malanga fields
in the southern province of Cienfuegos, and found that an insect of the
family Delphacidae originated from South Asia and the Pacific invaded
and devastated the Malanga crops.

Now experts are undertaking scientific experiments to find means of
controlling the insects, said Morales.

Tarophagus colocasiae is considered as one of the major plagues to tuber
crops.

According to the National Statistic Bureau, Cuba harvested 1.75 million
tons of eatable tubers in 2013, including Malanga, Yuca, and Batatas.
Among them, Malanga is the most demanded tuber and widely used in the
country’s traditional food.

Source: Insects cause plague on Cuban Malanga crops – China.org.cn –
http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2015-01/19/content_34594323.htm

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