A study of the conservation status of citrus sinensis as affected by the african mistletoe, tapinanthus bangwensis in moor plantation, ibadan, south-west, nigeria

Edagbo David E., Ajiboye T.O., Borokini Temitope I., Ighere Dickson A., Alowonle Ahmed A. and Michael Clement

An investigation was conducted into host-parasite interaction between the trees of Citrus sinensis and their parasitic associate, the African Mistletoe, Tapinanthus bangwensis on how much of the products of metabolic processes and structural components of the host are affected by the relationship. The rate of parasitism was observed to vary with differences in age and location and as well as by the peculiar nature of susceptible hosts. Susceptibility to infestation was aided by senescence and loss of vigour, large bole and fissured bark, open vegetation and wide canopy base. Impact of the mistletoe infestation on its Citrus host in this study was negligible but unfettered growth of the parasite if allowed to continue could become a serious threat to the survival of the host trees in no distant future.