EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/060

Blueberry necrotic ring blotch virus: a new virus on Vaccinium

Blueberry necrotic ring blotch disorder first appeared in Georgia (US) in 2006 on Vaccinium corymbosum (Southern highbush blueberries). The disease was then also found in North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina. Symptoms are characterized by irregular red or brown spots, sometime with green centres, which may coalesce to cover the entire leaf and lead to plant defoliation. Although, no plant mortality has been reported, severe and repeated defoliation has a negative impact on fruit yield. Recent studies have showed that the causal agent is a new virus species tentatively called Blueberry necrotic ring blotch virus (BNRBV). It is also suspected that this virus could be transmitted by eriophyid mites belonging to the genus Calacarus


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