Management of Virus Complexes in Rubus
Horticultural Crops Research
Project Number: 2072-21220-002-05
Start Date: Sep 01, 2009
End Date: Aug 31, 2014
1. Develop and validate diagnostic tests for the viruses involved in these complexes and transfer these validated tests to interested parties; 2. Identify candidate virus vectors based on virus genomics with greenhouse transmission testing; 3. Identify virus combinations capable of causing severe disease outbreaks, and; 4. Evaluate virus and vector resistance in Rubus germplasm; conduct field transmission tests to determine when viruses are being spread in the field and implement targeted control based on vector biology for management of the diseases. 5. Communicate the results: Outreach, Education and Implementation for growers, extension agents, and agricultural consultants.
This project aims to minimize or eliminate the impact of virus complexes in production fields through minimal pest management targeting the virus/vector combinations easiest to control, this includes the improvement of virus testing in certification programs.