Location: Subtropical Plant Pathology ResearchTitle: Further Insights Into The Epidemiology And Monitoring Practices Of Tomato Viruses Author
Submitted to: Tomato Institute
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/29/2013
Publication Date: 9/4/2013
Citation: Turechek, W., Kim, J., Webster, C.G., Russo, J., Mellinger, H.C. 2013. Further Insights Into The Epidemiology And Monitoring Practices Of Tomato Viruses. Tomato Institute. Proceedings. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: There are a number of serious virus threats to tomato production in Florida. These include the whitefly-transmitted Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and, more recently, Groundnut ringspot virus (GRSV) and Tomato chlorotic spot virus (TCSV) which are both vectored by thrips. GRSV and TCSV are closely related to Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), perhaps the most significant virus of solanaceous crops in the southeastern U.S. For the past several years, our team has been working on several different projects in an effort to better understand and to improve management of these important insect-vectored viruses of tomato. Ongoing studies on the epidemiology of TYLCV have largely focused on the analysis of virus incidence and whitefly densities obtained from scouting reports received from cooperating growers. For GRSV and TCSV, studies investigating virus host and geographic ranges and the diversity of insect vectors have been initiated. In working to improve overall disease and insect management, we have developed and are working to implement the AgScouter system, a mobilephone and web-bases disease and insect management tool.