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Title: Viruses of Alstroemeria : Investigation, Control and Production of Virus free Plants
Authors: Mehra, Arpana
Chandel, Vanita
Singh, Manoj Kumar
Verma, Neeraj
Singh, M K
Zaidi, A A
Issue Date: Jun-2005
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Alstroemeria is an important cut flower. It is mainly cultivated in Netherlands, Columbia, England and America. Alstroemeria is propagated through the division of rhizomes and once the virus infected material is propagated then the virus can transfer from one generation to the next. There are about ten viruses which infect Alstroemeria plants viz. Alstroemeria mosaic potyvirus, Alstroemeria streak potyvirus, Alstroemeria carlavirus, Cucumber mosaic cucumovirus, Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus/ Impatiens necrotic spot tospovirus, Alstroemeria ilarvirus, Tobacco rattle tobravirus, Arabis mosaic nepovirus, Freesia cucumber potyvirus and Rhabdovirus. Potyvirus infection can be easily detected through serological (ELISA, ISEM, RIA, Immunodiffusion and Immunoblotting) and nucleic acid based techniques. Tissue culture accompanied by chemotherapy and thermotherapy are useful for quality planting material from Alstroemeria infected with potyvirus. Besides these, control of aphids, thrips, weeds, nematodes etc. and use of resistant cultivars can also be used for controlling potyviruses. This article emphasizes on number of potyvviruses infecting alstoemeria crop, their control and quality improvement so that such virus free planting material be utilized by Indian farmers as a source of employment and income generation.
Page(s): 30-37
ISSN: 0975-2412 (Online); 0771-7706 (Print)
Appears in Collections:BVAAP Vol.13(1) [June 2005]

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