Cotton leaf curl bigeminivirus
Leaves of infected cotton curl upward or downward often accompanied by foliar discoloration and mosaic. These leaves may bear leaf-like enations (growth) on the underside along with vein thickening. Plants infected early in the season are stunted and yield is reduced drastically. The virus is transmitted by whiteflies (Bemisia tabaci).
- Plant resistant varieties (e.g. "B6L"; "L1530"; "XL1"; "X1730A")
- Eliminate weeds in and near cotton fields. This may have some advantage in reducing virus and insect vector reservoirs