Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tomato Torrado Virus Identified!

Tomato Torrado Virus is identified for the first time!

The symptoms of this emerging virus were first recognized in 2003-2004 in Wielkopolska, a region of Poland and included leaf necrosis, severe stunting and malformation (apparently usual symptoms for a tomato virus). There was an association drawn between such affliction and greenhouse whiteflies (Trialeurodes vaporariorum).

In a recently published article, The first report of Tomato torrado
virus in Poland, by H. Pospieszny et al, the virus was identified and shown to be similar to the tomator necrotic dwarf virus (ToNDV) (California) and the newly identified tomato torrado virus (ToTV) (Spain). The association with the whitefly was also demonstrated as these flies were shown to vector the virus.

The American Phytopathological Society, Plant Disease 2007; Tue 13 Nov 2007

[Reference: H. Pospieszny et al: The first report of Tomato torrado virus in Poland. Plant Dis; 91(10): 1364; DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-91-10-1364A]

poor tomatoes!


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