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ALERT: Whitefly-Transmitted Cucurbit Leaf Crumple Virus Detected in Georgia

We have  recently confirmed Cucurbit leaf crumple virus (CuLCrV) on yellow squash at UGA, Tifton, GA. The symptoms  include crumpling, curling, yellowing and chlorosis of leaves. Infected plants appear stunted with distorted growth. Disease symptoms can be severe, especially in Cucurbita spp. (e.g., various types of squash), and may result in yield losses.  The virus spreads by whiteflies in a persistent manner. Current projections indicate  low disease incidence and sporadic/limited outbreaks.  In the best case scenario, we may escape disease as it appeared quite late in 2018 (mid-Fall) compared to summer (2017).