Location: Vegetable Research
Project Number: 6080-22000-027-01-R
Project Type: Reimbursable
Start Date: Oct 1, 2012
End Date: Aug 31, 2016
1. To evaluate selected ecological factors and inoculum sources and demonstrate their relative contribution to whitefly-transmitted tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) epidemics. 2. Develop and deploy a communication interface among growers, stakeholders, and scientists through web-based and conventional outreach techniques.
Overlapping tomato crops are believed to be one of the most important reasons for recurring whitefly-transmitted tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) epidemics. The importance of a gap in tomato production for TYLCV management and TYLCV-resistant cultivars will be demonstrated in fields in each of three states (South Carolina, Georgia and Florida). An evaluation of inoculum sources including tomato transplants and crop hosts besides tomato will be done. In addition, demonstration trials using project generated data will be set up. South Carolina trials will be conducted in ARS research plots and in plots on grower land. Also, web-based and interpersonal outreach efforts will be used to communicate the usefulness of newly-formulated pest management strategies to assist growers.