Submitted to: Pest Alert
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/17/2005
Publication Date: 1/2/2006
Citation: Adkins, S.T., Zitter, T., Momol, T. 2006. Tospoviruses (family bunyaviridae, genus tospovirus). Pest Alert.
Interpretive Summary: This National Pest Alert from the NPDN describes the symptoms, disease cycles and management strategies for the three tospovirus species known to exist in the United States. These three viruses infect a multitude of crops in most parts of the country. This National Pest Alert summarizes current knowledge of diseases caused by these viruses for growers, extension agents, crop consultants, regulatory officials and other members of the vegetable production and plant pathology communities fulfilling an important part of the ARS mission. It also describes other tospoviruses not present in the United States.
Technical Abstract: Three tospovirus species cause major economic losses in the United States. They are tomato spotted wilt virus, impatiens necrotic spot virus and iris yellow spot virus. Serious diseases are also caused in other regions of the world by tospovirus species not present in the United States.