Identification and characterization of a new tomato virus in Florida

Dr. Ozgur Batuman
Plant Pathologist at SWFREC
(239) 658 - 3408
Did you know there are currently more than 130 known plant virus species that infect tomato plants? UF/IFAS Plant Pathologist Ozgur Batuman and his team have been on the hunt for a new ilarvirus infecting tomato.

Ilarviruses have long been known to infect tomatoes. Tobacco streak virus (TSV) is the first ilarvirus identified in tomatoes and distributed globally. Since 1985, several other ilarviruses have been detected in tomatoes in several European countries and in California, USA. In 2015, a novel virus emergence causing necrotic streak disease was reported in tomato plants in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Later, the virus was characterized as a new ilarvirus named tomato necrotic streak virus (TomNSV).

For more information on new ilarviruses that Dr. Batuman's team has found click here taccess the full article as well as past Research Connections.
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