Home gardens as a source of the green peach aphid and virus diseases in Idaho


The green peach aphid,Myzus persicae Sulz. enters the certified seed potato producing areas of Idaho on vegetable and flower transplants used by home gardeners. These aphids multiply on the transplants and on other hosts in or near the gardens and winged forms produced fly to certified seed potato fields and initiate colonies. These winged aphids may carry leafroll virus from gardens to potato fields or spread the virus from source plants in potato fields. A four-year survey shows that home garden plantings of Russet Burbank potatoes are a common source of leafroll in the seed potato areas.

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Approved as Research Paper No. 575 by Director, Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station.

This investigation was partially supported by funds from the Idaho Potato and Onion Commission.

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Bishop, G.W., Guthrie, J.W. Home gardens as a source of the green peach aphid and virus diseases in Idaho. American Potato Journal 41, 28–34 (1964). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02862813

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  • Seed Potato
  • Home Garden
  • Potato Field
  • Green Peach Aphid
  • Russet Burbank Potato