Black sigatoka is caused by Mycosphaerella fijiensis. The disease cycle also passes through six stages to maturity largely
similar to those of Yellow sigatoka.

The main difference is at streak stage where Black sigatoka streaks are brown while those of Yellow sigatoka are initially yellow.

This similarity makes it difficult to distinguish the two diseases by symptoms alone.

The disease is characterised by early death of the banana leaves, the appearance of large brownish coloured streaks on
the underside especially of the fourth leaf.

In the absence of control, these streaks which are numerous,coalesce, with black necrotic patches amearine on topside of

the leaf.The blackened (necrotic) areas dry out rapidly and turn brown.

When soaked by rain they tend to become much darker and give the plantation such an unsightly appearance of black dead leaves

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