Crosslin, James M.


New Assays for Rapid Detection of Beet Leafhopper-Associated Plant Pathogens, ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma trifolii’, Beet Curly Top Virus, and Spiroplasma citri

Swisher Grimm et al. (2023). Plant Disease 107 (12)
Ca. Phytoplasma trifolii
The beet leafhopper Circulifer tenellus is an important pest of agricultural crops in the United States, where it transmits beet curly top virus, beet leafhopper-transmitted virescence agent phytoplasma, and Spiroplasma citri to numerous crops, affecting yield and quality. Each of these pathogens have been linked to serious disease outbreaks within Washington State in the past century. To mitigate the risk of disease, growers target the beet leafhopper in their insect pest management programs.