Focus on Cotton webcast discusses whiteflies and related viruses

In Delta Farm Press

by the National Cotton Council

Whiteflies and the viruses they carry have been a large, complex, and economically significant problem for cotton growers throughout the world. Whiteflies pick up viruses from a range of host plants near cotton fields, transmit them to cotton plants, and can continue to do so throughout the rest of their lifetime. In the cases of cotton leaf curl virus and cotton leaf curl disease, this ends with all-too-common results: the curling of leaves, and/or the development of leaf-like enations on the undersides of leaves, overall stunting of the plant, and reduced yield and quality.

In the latest Focus on Cotton webcast, titled Begomovirus-Whitefly Vector Complexes: Emerging Threats to Cotton-Vegetable Crop Biosecurity, Professor Judith Brown from the University of Arizona educates growers, consultants, and applied scientists worldwide about the ins and outs of Begomoviruses, the cause of cotton leaf curl virus and a key component of the cotton leaf curl disease complex.

Read the rest of the story at Delta Farm Press.

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