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Research Project: Epidemiology, Vector-Host Plant Interactions, and Biology of Vegetable and Cucurbit Viruses

Location: Crop Improvement and Protection Research

Title: Whitefly-transmitted and yellowing viruses in watermelon and other cucurbit crops

item MELANSON, REBECCA - Mississippi State University
item Wintermantel, William - Bill
item SIKORA, EDWARD - Auburn University
item SINGH, RAGHUWINDER - Louisiana State University

Submitted to: Mississippi State University Extension Service
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/11/2020
Publication Date: 5/12/2020
Citation: Melanson, R.A., Wintermantel, W.M., Sikora, E., Singh, R. 2020. Whitefly-transmitted and yellowing viruses in watermelon and other cucurbit crops. Mississippi State University Extension Service, Publication 3439. 12 p.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Whitefly-transmitted virus diseases of cucurbit crops are increasing throughout the southern United States. This fact sheet discussed differences among insect-transmitted viruses affecting cucurbit crops, including vector insects, transmission characteristics, disease symptoms and other epidemiological factors. An emphasis is on whitefly-transmitted viruses and viruses that cause similar symptoms. Each virus is presented individually, followed by presentation of diseases of similar etiology that may complicate visual identification. General methods of control are presented. This fact sheet will be used by growers for assistance in identification of virus induced symptoms in the field.