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Guam: Funding secured to protect tomato plants

A University of Guam plant pathologist has secured funds to further investigate "Guam's favorite" tomato variety after a fellow UOG researcher discovered a mysterious yellow discoloration and deformity in its plants.

Jesse Bamba, of UOG's Cooperative Extension and Outreach, brought the observation of poor-looking Season Red tomatoes to the attention of Robert Schlub, extension plant pathologist at UOG, in 2011.

According to Schlub, the plants' leaves were yellowish with green veins, and curled or cupped in shape.

Schlub proceeded to send samples to Kai-Shu Ling at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service vegetable lab in South Carolina. It identified the disease as a unique strain of the Ageratum yellow vein virus (AYVV) in 2013.

In response to the loss of tomato production, Schlub obtained funding from the Western Sustainable Agriculture and Research and Education Program to execute a tomato variety trial, which found five tomato varieties most strongly resistant to AYVV: Felicity, Olivia, Carmine, Affinity, and Ornela.

Read more at The Guam Daily Post (Alana Chargualaf)

Publication date: 1/8/2018



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