Weeds help predict severity of crop virus

Haire, Brad
February 2005
Southeast Farm Press;2/9/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p16
Trade Publication
The article focuses on Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) that hurts many crops in Georgia. University of Georgia scientists are developing an alert to help vegetable farmers know how bad it will be each year before they plant. Since appearing in Georgia in the late-1980s, TSWV has cost Georgia farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to crops like peanuts, tobacco, peppers and tomatoes. TSWV is carried by tiny insects called thrips. They get to protect crops, vegetable farmers spend extra money on TSWV-resistant crop varieties and insecticides sprays to control thrips.


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