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Detection of Three Whitefly-transmitted Viruses Infecting the Cucurbit Weed Cucumis melo var. dudaim in Florida

S. Adkins, C. G. Webster, C. A. Baker, R. Weaver, E. N. Rosskopf, and W. W. Turechek

November 2009


To the best of our knowledge this is the first report of Squash vein yellowing virus (SqVYV), Cucurbit leaf crumple virus (CuLCrV), and Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus (CYSDV) infecting C. melo var. dudaim. Coupled with previous observations of SqVYV and CuLCrV infection of M. charantia, our current results are further evidence of the importance of cucurbit weeds as reservoirs for all three recently detected whitefly-transmitted viruses plaguing Florida cucurbit crops.


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