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Virus content of seed potato stocks produced in a unique seed potato production scheme


Wilson, CR and Jones, RAC, Virus content of seed potato stocks produced in a unique seed potato production scheme, Annals of Applied Biology, 116, (1) pp. 103-109. ISSN 0003-4746 (1990) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1744-7348.1990.tb06589.x


Western Australia has a unique seed potato production scheme which has remained virtually unchanged for more than 60 years, consisting of summer plantings of predominantly one cultivar in wind‐exposed coastal swamplands. No rotation is used and the scheme relies on natural winter flooding and ‘grazing’ by sheep to eliminate unharvested tubers. Stocks are recycled every year with only limited inputs of pathogen‐tested seed tubers in recent times. Virus spread in the crop is controlled by selecting large tubers for planting, roguing, aphicide application and growing season inspections. Potato viruses X and S were commonly detected in old seed stocks produced by this scheme attaining 100% infection in some. Both viruses were less frequently found in newly introduced seed stocks. By contrast, potato virus Y was never detected and potato leaf roll virus rarely found. Copyright © 1990, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Field grown vegetable crops
UTAS Author:Wilson, CR (Professor Calum Wilson)
ID Code:45615
Year Published:1990
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2007-07-26
Last Modified:2011-09-20

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