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Research Project: Groundnut Ringspot Virus, An Emerging Thrips-Transmitted Virus Infecting Florida Tomato, Pepper and Other Specialty Crops

Location: Subtropical Plant Pathology Research

Project Number: 6034-22000-039-21
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jan 01, 2012
End Date: Apr 30, 2014

To characterize crop and weed hosts, and insect vectors of Groundnut ringspot virus to facilitate development of better management options for this newly emerging virus infecting Florida fresh-market vegetables including tomato and pepper.

The nucleic acid-based diagnostic test for Groundnut ringspot virus previously developed by ARS Scientists will be used to analyze natural and/or experimental plant hosts (crops and weeds) for this virus to develop a host range for the virus. Locally important thrips species will be analyzed for their ability to transmit the virus. The information generated from this research should be useful to fresh-market vegetable growers, the specialty crop industry, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, private crop consultants and FDACS to guide development of management strategies for this newly emerging virus.

Last Modified: 10/21/2014
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