Mosaic viruses

Sugarcane mosaic virus affected plant. Image SRA

Can cause significant yield loss.

Symptoms

  • Irregular mottled green pattern on leaves.
  • Symptoms are more easily seen in young leaves, and tend to fade as the leaves age.

Spread

  • Infected planting material.
  • Transmitted by aphids that feed on infected plants.
  • Knives used on infected plants may also spread the disease.

High priority pest of: Sugarcane

Scientific name: Sugarcane streak mosaic, Sorghum mosaic and Sugarcane mosaic viruses
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Virus

Pest Documents

    FS: fact sheet

    CP: contingency plan

    DP: diagnostic protocol