Curly Top Virus

Pest: Curly Top Virus, BCTV (Beet curly top virus)

Pest Type: Infectious disease, virus

Major Identifying Features: Plant infected with the curly top virus show a striking down-cupping, puckering, and wrinkling of infected leaves, leaves may become thick and brittle and may turn dark green, older plants may turn yellow and die, infected fruit have a dull surface

Life Cycle: The curly top virus has a wide host range, virus overwinters in perennial and annual weeds in areas such as the foothills surrounding the Central Valley of California, the virus follows the cycle of its vector, the beet leafhopper

Pest Rating: Minor

Management Rating: Moderate

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: The curly top virus has a wide host range that include beans, tomatoes, peppers, sugar beet, melons, etc.

Damage Information: Curly top virus can kill plants and crops

Management Options: Prevention by planting varieties that are resistant or tolerant to the curly top virus, cultural control of leafhoppers



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