Leaf Blower Adapted for Large-scale Inoculation of Plants with Mechanically Transmitted Viruses

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  • 1 Department of Plant Breeding and Biometry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Plants to be screened for resistance to mechanically transmitted viruses can be inoculated by using an inexpensive electric-powered leaf blower. This device greatly reduces the amount of time to inoculate large populations when compared with hand-rubbing methods. No significant differences were noted with regard to the frequency of seedlings that escaped infection.

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