Identification, Distribution and Epidemiology of Plant Virus Pathogens That Threaten Pepper/Tomato and Cucurbit Production in Honduras
FHIA (Honduras); University of Arizona, Purdue University (US)
J. C. Melgar, J. M. Rivera, D. Krigsvold (FHIA); J. Brown (University of Arizona); R. Martyn (Purdue University)
This project developed surveys to collect leaf tissue samples of solanaceious and cucurbitaceous crops with viral-like disease symptoms due to the lack of information on the identity, prevalence and distribution of the viral diseases effecting these crops. This lack of information prevented their efficient management. Surveys were conducted during 2003 in four ”Departamentos” of Honduras. Analysis of the 117 samples collected using ELISA tests showed that mechanically-transmitted and aphid-transmitted viruses are very common in the crops surveyed.
1. To identify and determine the distribution of the most economically important viral diseases in selected Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae vegetable crops in Honduras. 2. To establish basic ELISA and PCR capabilities for detection and identification of viral plant diseases at the Fundacion Hondurena de Investigacion Agricola (FHIA) and Escuela Agricola Panamericana (EAP). 3. To promote and strengthen collaborative research interactions between scientists at FHIA, EAP, University of Arizona (UA) and Purdue University (PU).