Cotton blue disease

Cotton blue disease

Photo by Stephen Allen, CSIRO, Australia

  • Virus – Luteovirus (suspected)
  • Found in parts of Africa, Asia and South America
  • Stunted plants with down-rolling leaf edges, intense blue-green leaves, darkening of veins, petioles, stems, zig-zag stems, smaller flowers and bolls
  • Cotton aphid is the only known vector
  • Host plant resistance is available but may be overcome by some variants of the disease

High priority pest of: Cotton

Scientific name: Luteovirus (suspected)
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Virus

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol