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ISSN  2320-964X (Online) 

ISSN 2320-7817  (Print)

Type - Quarterly 


Original Research

   Year 2013 |  Vol. 1 | Issue 3 | Page Nos. 228-232


Correlation between mite population (Aceria cajani) and environmental factors causing sterility mosaic disease of Pigeon pea

Kaushik Dipshikha1, Srivastava Seweta1*, Nath Bharat Chandra1, Chauhan VB1 

and Singh RN2


1Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005 (U.P).

2Department of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005 (U.P).

*Address for Correspondence: Dr. Seweta Srivastava, Division of Biotechnology, Sugarcane Research Institute, U.P. Council of Sugarcane Research, Shahjahanpur-242 001, U. P., India.





Pigeon pea Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh, is one of the major pulse crops of the tropics and subtropics also popularly known as red gram, tuar or arhar is a primary source of protein for millions in India. Sterility mosaic disease (SMD) caused by mite (Aceria cajani) is a major disease limiting the pigeon pea production in the Indian subcontinent. Effect of abiotic factors like temperature, relative humidity and rainfall on mite population was observed during the experiment. Out of theses abiotic factors strong significant correlation was observed with relative humidity. Average temperature of about 20-30°C was found to be congenial for the multiplication of mite. But very high temperature is not suitable for the growth of mite. Heavy rainfall is also not suitable for the growth of mite. Wind velocity is also a very important factor responsible for spreading of disease. The effect of SMD on plant height along with their branches was also observed and can be concluded that severe mosaic affect the plant height, and branches of the pigeon pea plants. The disease severity was high in the early stage of infection causing severe mosaic disease where flower and pod formation was ceased resulting in complete crop failure.


Received : July 13, 2013 

Revised: August 5, 2013

Final Accepted: September 5, 2013

Date of Online Before Print: September 25, 2013


Editor : Arvind Chavhan

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