When young plants are attacked by spider mite, they get very thick , leathery leaves with veins almost on top of the leaf surface. Growing points will dry and the plant stops growing until a new flush starts, provoked by rain or irrigation. Read more
Leaf webbers feed on leaves and fruits, causing considerable leaf damage and loss of yield. Read more
Mealy bugs suck the sap from leaves and stems, sometimes from fruits if heavily infested , and causes crinkling leaves, dry stems and reduced reproductive parts. Read more
Flea beetle damages the leaves, their larva's damage the roots. Read more
Most millipedes eat decaying leaves and other dead plant matter, moisturising the food with secretions and then scraping it in with the jaws. This is atypical jatropha nursery pest.. Read more
Termite damage occurs mainly on soils very low in organic matter content (laterite red soils, sand) The termites attack Jatropha on the base, causing plant damage and total loss. Read more
The giant land snails in Africa are a real pest in the Jatropha seedling nursery. The smaller slugs however go for the adult plants. Read more
Shield bugs  are very common in Asia and Africa. Read more
Leaf miners seldom come alone. They occur on the mature leaves of Jatropha plants mostly attacked by other pests like mealy bugs .Read more
There are several reports on stem borer damage in Jatropha. Read more
Wilt

Both young and fully grown plants collapse in a very short time (starting from the bottom) as if they do not get water. Read more

Collar rot

Mainly associated with drip irrigation. Usually caused by over irrigating or high water table/ poor drainage. Read more

Powdery mildew.  White powdery fungus mainly on younger leaves and stems. Most Jatropha,s get this disease in area's with  low  temperatures, especially during night time when relative  humidity is high. Read more
Die back cancer. Young shoots and branches showing brown spots, blocking sap flow. Branches die off.