1. Researchers hunt red blotch virus vectors

    Capital Press agriculture news (Feb 28 2014)

    1. Researchers hunt red blotch virus vectors

      Leafhoppers can transmit the red blotch virus in grapes in greenhouses but may not be responsible for spreading the disease in nature, experts say.

      Leafhoppers can transmit the red blotch virus in grapevines in a greenhouse, but may not be responsible for its spread outdoors.

      While greenhouse tests have shown the insects can be infected with the virus and transmit the disease, it’s too early to jump to conclusions, a plant disease expert says.

      Other insects, such as aphids, have previously been found to transmit viruses in greenhouse conditions without being the culprit in nature, said Bob Martin plant ...

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