Current Affair Diary 29/09/2020

Sandalwood Spike Disease

*India’s sandalwood trees are facing a serious threat due to Sandalwood Spike Disease (SSD).

✓The natural population of sandalwood in Marymoor Sandal Forest of Kerala and various reserve forests in Karnataka, including MM Hills (Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary), are heavily infected with SSD.

✓It is an infectious disease which is caused by phytoplasma.

✓Phytoplasmas are bacterial parasites of plant tissues.

✓They are transmitted by insect vectors and involved in plant-to-plant transmission.

✓There is no cure as of now for the infection.

✓The infected tree will have to be cut down to prevent the spread of the disease.



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