Tomatoes and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus: prevention strategies for solanum crops

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Tomatoes and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

By farmerdill
March 3, 2014

Tomato spotted wilt first appears as light brown flecks on leaves. This is followed by growing brown spots, drooping, and finally, full browning and dying. The plants will look wilted. It affects many plants other than tomatoes, but on tomatoes the fruit is also severely affected. Discoloration is the most common effect, but cracking and rot also appear in severe cases. It also degrades the flavor and texture.

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Mar 3, 2014 9:47 AM CST

Thanks for the article. Selecting resistant varieties is one basic strategy. There are a few other preventive remedies, such as crop rotation, solarizing soil, destroying infected crops, etc. the above article is a tomato trouble shooter to go along with selecting resistant varieties.
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Mar 4, 2014 7:04 AM CST
Crop rotation, especially for tomatoes goes a long way in keeping the TSW virus in check. I do mine on a 3 year rotation. It's just good gardening practice. Thanks for the post to remind folks about this, & for that fabulous link too!
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