Soybean vein necrosis virus-thrips interaction
Soybean vein necrosis associated virus (SVNV) is a new Tospovirus that was first discovered in soybean fields in Tennessee in 2008. Since then, the disease has been detected in 16 states in the North central region including Indiana. The virus has been shown to be transmitted by soybean thrips, however there are several thrips species infesting soybean. We are conducting season-long surveys of thrips species and SVNV incidence in several locations across the state. These locations include the eight Purdue Ag. Centers (PACs). We are also investigating vector competencies and life histories of endemic thrips species. This project is funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and USDA-NIFA-AFRI Seed grant.
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Soybean thrips adult and nymphs
Photo credit: J. Obermeyer
Purdue Ag Center locations