Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Vinca minor-CMV (Cucumber Mosaic Virus)

This sample is Vinca minor from a propagation operation. The sample tested positive for CMV (Cucumber Mosaic Virus) using an Agdia immunostrip test.
CMV has a very wide host range and affects both vegetables and ornamental plants. Aphids are the primary source of infection but infection by mechanical transmission (taking cuttings, etc) is also possible. Infected plants should be destroyed to avoid spreading the virus within a greenhouse.

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