ISSUE DATE: 05/26/2014
By Jennifer M. Latzke
We usually want to root for the little guy.
But when the “little guy” is the wheat curl mite and he’s helping viruses like wheat streak mosaic get a toehold in your wheat field, that sense of fair play goes out the window.
Take one look at wheat curl mites and they don’t look that menacing. But, when these mites take on wheat plants, they can stress the plants—opening the doors to viruses like wheat streak mosaic that can devastate a wheat field. Wheat yield loss caused by wheat curl mites and the viral diseases they spread can take up to 100 percent of a field, and they’ve been tallied at 7 percent of Texas’ statewide wheat yield losses, explained Shuyu Liu, a Texas AgriLife Research small grains geneticist in Amarillo, Texas.
“We can estimate the viral disease incidence and severity visually, but the wheat curl mite is invisible by the naked eye,” Liu said. “Wheat curl mite carrying viruses can be spread by wind and temperature also affects the mite movement and the viral diseases infection process.”
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