Curly top symptoms in an inoculated cotyledon of the sugar beet
Author AffiliationsKatherine Esau was Professor of Botany and Botanist in the Experiment Station, Davis.
Hilgardia 27(1):1-14. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v27n01p001. September 1957.
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Virus of curly top disease was introduced, through one cotyledon, into seedlings of a highly susceptible sugar beet strain. The inoculated cotyledon developed phloem hyperplasia—abnormal multiplication of cells—characteristic of the curly top disease. This symptom was observed in the main vein and some small veins on the third day after inoculation. In many samples, the main vascular bundle also showed pronounced necrotic obliteration in the older part of the phloem tissue, a symptom not previously described for curly top infection.
Noninoculated cotyledons collected twelve days after inoculation of the experimental seedlings had developed no curly top symptoms.
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