Blueberry Shoestring Virus in Eastern North American Populations of Native Vaccinium

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  • 1 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824
  • | 2 Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 2 7695
  • | 3 Agriculture Canada Research Station, 430 Govin, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Qué. J3B 628, Canada
  • | 4 Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108
  • | 5 Atlantic County Extension Office, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
  • | 6 Department of Fruit and Vegetable Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • | 7 Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469
  • | 8 Cranberry and Blueberry Research Center, Rutgers University, Chatsworth, NJ 08019

Flower bud and leaf samples collected from a wide range of native North American Vaccinium populations were tested for the presence of blueberry shoestring virus (BBSSV) using the enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay. The highest disease incidence was found in Michigan (14%), although a few positive samples also were found in Virginia, New Jersey, Maine, Ontario, and Quebec. Of seven species tested, only V. corymbosum L. and V. angustifolium Ait. were infected with BBSSV.

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