Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute CARDI (CARDI)
Kathy M Dalip-CARDI; Sue Tolin-Virginia Tech
The goal of this project was to determine the status of Jamaican sweet potato varieties relative to natural infection with common sweetpotato viruses, using available technology from U.S. and international (CIP) testing programs.
The discovery of sweetpotato viruses in Jamaican varieties may enable the discovery of additional factors contributing to decreased yields as well as an understanding as to whether presence of virus influences attack/damage by other pests. An incremental improvement in yield of sweetpotato varieties well-adapted to the region could be made if viruses can be eliminated.