Status and prospects of plant virus control through interference with vector transmission

C. Bragard, P. Caciagli, O. Lemaire, J.J. Lopez-Moya, S. MacFarlane, D. Peters, P. Susi, L. Torrance

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Most plant viruses rely on vector organisms for their plant-to-plant spread. Although there are many different natural vectors, few plant virus–vector systems have been well studied. This review describes our current understanding of virus transmission by aphids, thrips, whiteflies, leafhoppers, planthoppers, treehoppers, mites, nematodes, and zoosporic endoparasites. Strategies for control of vectors by host resistance, chemicals, and integrated pest management are reviewed. Many gaps in the knowledge of the transmission mechanisms and a lack of available host resistance to vectors are evident. Advances in genome sequencing and molecular technologies will help to address these problems and will allow innovative control methods through interference with vector transmission. Improved knowledge of factors affecting pest and disease spread in different ecosystems for predictive modeling is also needed. Innovative control measures are urgently required because of the increased risks from vector-borne infections that arise from environmental change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-201
JournalAnnual Review of Phytopathology
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • black-currant-reversion
  • yellow-vein-virus
  • spotted-wilt virus
  • helper component-proteinase
  • eriophyid mite transmission
  • whitefly bemisia-tabaci
  • cucumber necrosis virus
  • aphid salivary-gland
  • resistance gene mi
  • mosaic-virus


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