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Key warning symptoms:

  • Rings

  • Mottle or mosaic

  • Stunting

  • Deformation

  • Stem necrosis

Impatiens necrotic spot virus, the pathogen most often detected in begonias, causes many different symptoms including dead areas on stems, mottled or mosaic patterns, lines, ringspots, or yellow, white or brown spots. The closely related tomato spotted wilt virus also causes varying symptoms. Both viruses are transmitted by thrips and by propagating infected plants.

Begonia yellow spot, caused by Tobacco ringspot virus, is a disease that causes yellowish to white spots and yellow mottled patterns. Symptoms can resemble natural variegation. The virus can be transmitted by nematodes in soil or by propagating infected plants.

Fungal Diseases - PCR

  • Botrythis cinerea (Bcin) (Botrytis blight)

  • Pythium spp. (Pyth) (Pythium rot)

  • Rhizoctonia solani (Rsol) (Crown rot)


Bacterial Diseases - PCR

  • Xanthomonas campestris (Xc) (Leaf spot and blight)


Begonia Virus Screen

  • Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) ELISA

  • Impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV) ELISA

  • Potyvirus group test (Poty) PCR

  • Tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV) ELISA

  • Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) ELISA

  • Zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV) ELISA

Other virus tests available for begonia

  • Carnation mottle virus (CarMV) ELISA 

  • Carnation ringspot virus (CRSV) ELISA

  • Carlavirus group test (CarLa) PCR

  • Nepovirus group test (Nepo) PCR

  • Tobamovirus group test (Tobamo) PCR

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