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 July 08 2013

Emerging infectious diseases in food crops

Poleroviruses and thrips-borne tospoviruses have been keeping plant pathologists busy lately because they are now considered as emerging threats to the production of important vegetable and fruit crops in tropical and sub-tropical Asia. A recently concluded FFTC and Tokyo University of Agriculture co-sponsored international seminar in japan tackled these new emerging infectious diseases in food crops.

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The Tomato spotted ringspot virus (TNRV) is a new tospovirus species affecting tomato and pepper in the northern and central regions of Thailand.