Cucumber Mosaic Virus
A viral disease that causes mottling and sometimes distortion of the leaves. Plants are often stunted.
The fruit of some cucurbits may have sunken spots or a raise marbled pattern.
Causes woodiness in Passionfruit.
Species Affected:Clover, Capsicums, Cucumbers, Lupins, Medics, Passionfruit. Pumpkin, Watermelon, Zucchini
Biology:Spread by Aphids especially the Cotton Aphid (Aphis gossypii), Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae), Cowpea Aphid (Aphis craccivora), and Blue-green Aphid Acyrthosiphon kondoi).
In Narrow-leaved Lupins (Lupinus angustifolius) it is also transmitted in seed.
Life Cycle:Origin and History:
Management and Control:
Plant healthy seed.
Control Aphids with anti-feeding insecticides if symptoms present and Aphid numbers are high.
Control alternate hosts in crops and surrounding areas.
Remove and destroy diseased plants.
Remove and destroy infected plants.
LupinsIncrease seeding rate to shade out infected plants.
Graze adjacent Clover and Medic pastures to keep Aphid numbers lower.
PassionfruitRemove affected vines. Keep vineyard free of flower and vegetable crops.
Plant vines with a mild strain to cross protect against the severe strain.
Related and Similar Species:References:
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