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Subject: Pepper Mild Mottle Virus detected in Florida
Date posted: July 25, 2001
Source: Plant Disease

The seedborne Pepper Mild Mottle Virus, PMMoV (genus tobamovirus), was detected for the first time on commercial bell peppers in Florida during the winter growing seasons of 1999 and 2000. Up to that point it had been reported in Florida on ornamental peppers only. The disease incidence in infected fields was up to 30 percent. Symptoms included yellow mottling of leaves, deformed and small fruit, undesirable fruit coloration, and stunting of young plants. PMMoV is transmitted by close contact between plants, by grafting, and by virions on seeds. The most effective control method is the use of resistant cultivars.
The presence of this virus in an area of intensive pepper production is a reason for concern. Careful monitoring is recommended.
For more information see Plant Disease 85: 679 (Published online as D-2001-0424-01N, 2001)