Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spotted Wilt Virus Showing Up Early on Tomatoes

TSWV leaf spots
There are many plant diseases that make growing tomatoes a challenge in the southeast. One of the worst is tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). First found in our region in the mid 1990’s, this disease is different from most tomato diseases because it is caused by a virus rather than a fungus or bacteria. In addition, unlike most viruses, TSWV kills the plants it infects and it has started showing up on tomato plants in our area in the past few weeks. Few other diseases are currently active on tomatoes, so if your plants start to develop spots on the leaves odds are they have TSWV.

Learn more about the symptoms of this disease, how it is spread, and which tomato varieties are resistant by reading the whole article on the Pender Extension website:

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