Submitted to: International Society for Horticultural Science Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/23/2012
Publication Date: 6/15/2012
Citation: Manglli, A., Adkins, S.T., Tiberini, A., Tomassoli, L. 2012. Investigation on the phytosanitary status of major ornamental hibiscus species in Italy to assess virus infection. International Society for Horticultural Science Meeting. _. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The genus Hibiscus (family Malvaceae) includes about 250 species that vary from annual to perennial herbs, and shrubs to small trees that are native to tropical, sub-tropical and temperate climates. A study in 2010-2011 examined viruses associated with symptoms observed on hibiscus plants in Italy. Symptoms included chlorotic spots or rings, chlorotic mottling, and in some cases, vein necrosis in older leaves and early leaf yellowing and drop. This study showed that viruses are widely distributed in hibiscus in nurseries and commercial gardens surveyed in Italy.