Submitted to: Plant Disease
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/22/2011
Publication Date: 6/1/2012
Citation: Webb, S.E., Adkins, S.T., Reitz, S.R. 2012. Semipersistent whitefly transmission of Squash vein yellowing virus, causal agent of viral watermelon vine decline. Plant Disease. 96:839-844. Interpretive Summary: The whitefly transmission of Squash vein yellowing virus (SqVYV), causal agent of watermelon vine decline, was analyzed. Results provide evidence for semipersistent transmission of SqVYV, and will help refine management of this virus and the disease it causes.
Technical Abstract: A series of experiments were completed to determine efficiency of transmission, effects of different acquisition and inoculation access periods, the length of time that whiteflies retained transmissible virus, and the minimum time needed to complete a cycle of acquisition and inoculation for SqVYV. The results of this work demonstrate semipersistent transmission of SqVYV and will help refine models for the epidemiology and ecology of this virus.