Two strawberry viruses found in Kentucky

Kentucky strawberry producers should check with their supplier on the origin of their plugs after two viruses were found this spring in the state, said Nicole Ward Gauthier, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Department of Plant Pathology.

The viruses, strawberry mottle virus and strawberry mild yellow edge virus, were found on plants that originated in a nursery in the Great Valley area of Nova Scotia. Three known Kentucky growers received a shipment of plants from this nursery, but only one of them has reported symptoms of the viruses.

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