Monday, May 6, 2013

Two New Strawberry Viruses Detected in Kentucky.

Two New Strawberry Viruses Detected in Kentucky. The viruses (strawberry mottle virus, abbreviated SMoV; and strawberry mild yellow edge virus, abbreviated SMYEV) originated from a plug producer in Nova Scotia. In the aforementioned case,... three growers shared a shipment of plants, but only one of the growers has seen symptoms. The other two growers have not.

We encourage strawberry growers to contact their brokers to determine the source of his/her plants. Those with high risks may need to take some of the precautionary steps outlined below.

An article describing the two viruses in more detail is available at http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit/news. Briefly, SMoV and SMYEV are transmitted by aphids. SMYEV infects only strawberry, but SMoV can also infect the weed common lambsquarters. Therefore, we encourage high-risk growers to scout for aphids and to implement a solid weed management program.  
 
 


 Finally, remember that virus diseases cannot be cured. We recommend that symptomatic plants be destroyed to prevent spread to healthy plants. If you determine that your plants originated from the Nova Scotia area, please do not hesitate to contact me for more specific information.

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