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Epidemiology of viruses of protected crops. - HH1758SPC

Description
The primary objective of the research is to develop IPM strategies for the control of important viruses and viroids of protected crops by improving the understanding of the epidemiology of the viruses and rationalising the use of pesticides for vector control. Pesticides are routinely used for the control of western flower thrips (WFT), the vector of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), although virus epidemics are not controlled as little is understood about virus-vector popultaion dynamics. Other viruses of protected crops are poorly characterised and cannot be controlled through pesticides, although they are still used in hope of reducing damage. TSWV and other virus diseases are a considerable threat to the protected ornamentals industry and this proposal for applied strategic research addresses policy objectives of reducing losses, improving quality of produce, acceptibility and availability of produce through developing sustainable and economically viable control measures. This research will also improve export potential, as the trade in propagation material is severely threatened by virus infection. The consumer and the environment will benefit from a better quality product produced with reduced pesticide input.
Objective
The primary objective of this project is to develop IPM strategies for the control of important viruses and viroids of protected crops by improving the understanding of the epidemiology of the viruses and rationsalising the use of pesticides for vector control. Viruses/viroids to be included are tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), chrysanthemum stunt viroid (CSVd) and chrysanthemum chlorotic mottle virus (CCMVd).
Project Documents
• Final Report : Epidemiology of viruses of protected crops.   (224k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 2001

Cost: £311,595
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Horticulture Research International
Keywords
Biological Control              
Chrysanthemum              
Farming              
Horticulture              
Ornamentals              
Fields of Study
Horticulture
Horticulture