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Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in Peanut

Problems with spotted wilt, caused by tomato spotted wilt tospovirus (TSWV), increased dramatically in importance as a problem in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) and other important crops in the southern U.S. Peanut leaf affected by tomato spotted wilt virusafter 1985. The disease is common across the peanut growing areas of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama and has become THE most important problem for many peanut growers.

The greatest LOSSES to spotted wilt in peanut in Georgia were incurred in 1997. Since then, losses have been reduced substantially. Although natural fluctuations occur, those reductions in losses correspond with a dramatic shift to an integrated disease management program. Currently, there is no one control measure that will solve the spotted wilt problem. However, there is something you can do about tomato spotted wilt virus.