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Viruses in Flower Crops
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The December 20th session of our series focuses on viruses in flower crops.

Flowering plants, including potted plants, perennials, and bedding plants can be affected by viruses. The viruses may be transmitted from plant-to-plant, bulb-to bulb, or in seeds. The transmission of viruses may be by insects, from the parent plant/bulb to the next generation of cuttings, or seeds. The presence of viruses in flowering plants is expressed by necrotic spots, stunted growth, and leaf mottling. This webinar will help Educate growers and reduce concern for latent plant viruses that are in plants but cause no ill effects.

Topics Include:
• Review limitations of test trips for viruses
• Best practices for avoiding viruses
• Poinsettia Mosaic Virus (PnMV)
• Poinsettia Phytoplasma
• Coleus
• Hosta

Speaker: Dr. John Hammond, USDA, Beltsville, MD
(see bio below)

Dec 20, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. John Hammond
Research Plant Pathologist @USDA-ARS, Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, Beltsville, MD
Dr. John Hammond was born in Cambridge, England. He earned a B.S. degree in agricultural botany from the University of Reading, England, in 1976. In 1980 he received his Ph.D. degree in plant virology from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, for work at the John Innes Institute. After postdoctoral training at Purdue University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Hammond joined the Florist and Nursery Crops Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD, as a research plant pathologist.
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