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Top Ten Economically Important Plant Viruses

Being obligate parasites, viruses cause most important plant diseases globally. These diseases cause significant yield losses worldwide. Annually, the plant virus infection is responsible for a $30 billion economic yield loss in crops due to severe ailments.

Image Source: Eric Hoffmann/Flicker (Cotton leaf curl virus symptoms)

In 2011, the Journal of Molecular Plant Pathology published a list of ten economically important plant viruses. Economically…



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Shrish Tariq

Plant Pathologist and curious about plant-microbe interactions. Reader| Writer| Researcher