Authors as Published

Jayesh B. Samtani, Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center; Charles S. Johnson, Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist, Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center; Roy Flanagan III, Extension Agent, Virginia Beach, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Keith Starke, Former Extension Agent, Virginia Beach, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Barclay Poling, Emeritus Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University; Robert Martin, Research Plant Pathologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service

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Within four to six weeks of transplanting strawberries in fall 2012, many growers in Virginia began noticing some loss of crop stand and plants exhibiting yellowing along the leaf margins of several younger leaves, which in some plants progressed to marginal necrosis. On-site diagnosis based on visual symptoms was difficult and several possibilities such as high salt levels in soil, low and irregular distribution of soil moisture, imbalance of soil pH, and boron micronutrient deficiency were discussed. Analysis of 58 samples indicated 42 samples (72%) were infected with Strawberry mottle virus (SMoV) and Strawberry mild yellow edge virus (SMYEV), 10 samples (17%) were infected with SMYEV, and 6 samples (10%) tested negative for both viruses. 

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Publication Date

October 25, 2017