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Hortsense

Common Diseases : Viruses
(revision date: 4/30/2013)


Biology
Viruses are submicroscopic in size, which means that they can be seen only with an electron microscope. Viruses are introduced into host plants by various means, including vectors such as insects, fungi, and nematodes. Tools can spread some viral diseases. Tobacco users can even transfer the tobacco mosaic virus from their hands to plant tissue. Leaf and fruit mosaics, stunting, severe distortion, chlorosis along veins and ringspots may be symptoms of virus infections.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Destroy infected plants if the virus is transmissible.
  • Purchase disease-free plants.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

None recommended

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Caption: Cherry mottle leaf virus symptoms
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Impatiens necrotic spot virus on begonia
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Sour cherry virus symptoms
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Bean yellow mosaic virus symptoms
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Caption: Virus "rat-tail" symptoms
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Caption: Vein-clearing symptom of virus infection
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Tomato spotted wilt virus symptoms on dahlia
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Caption: Virus symptoms on dahlia
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Caption: Dahlia mosaic virus symptoms
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Caption: Tobacco ringspot virus/Arabis mosaic virus on Forsythia
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Geranium virus symptoms
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Caption: Kalmia necrotic ringspot virus
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Caption: Pea mosaic virus
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Caption: Pear stony pit virus symptoms
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Caption: Rhododendron necrotic ringspot virus
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Caption: Tulip break (virus)
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Caption: Prunus virus
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Caption: Rose mosaic vein-clearing symptom
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Rose spring dwarf virus
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Tulip break (virus)
Photo by: R.S. Byther