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Melothria pendula Plants Infected with Watermelon Mosaic Virus 1 as a Source of Inoculum for Cucurbits in Collier County, Florida1

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Watermelon mosaic virus I (WMV-1) spread rapidly from Melothria pendula L., a week host, into spring-grown cucurbits in Collier County where infected M. pendula plants were concentrated close to plantings. WMV-1 infection increased from 0 to 88% in 4 weeks in a zucchini squash planting surrounded by infected M. pendula plants. At the same time, virus spread much slower in fields where external virus sources were limited, or where they were so situated that vectors did not encounter them before migrating over the crop planting. In one case, WMV-1 was transmitted from a high concentration of infected M. pendula plants to nearby watermelon by very low populations of flying aphids, but spread was limited to 125 ft.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1972

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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