The damage threshold of the green spider mite, Mononychellus tanajoa (Bondar) on cassava was determined in the greenhouse using four levels of mite infestation namely: 5, 10, 15 and 20 adult mites per cassava plant. Cassava cuttings were planted in plastic buckets in the greenhouse. The plants were artificially infested at 10 weeks old after planting.
Visible symptoms of mite damage appeared on cassava leaves at 4 weeks after infestation and at this period, the average number of mites was found to be eight mites per leaf. The mean number of active stages of M. tanajoa (larvae, nymphs and adults) was highest at the infestation level of 20 mites per plant, followed by that of 15, 10 and 5, in that order. The mean number of eggs was also highest at the infestation level of 20 mites per plant.