Maize dwarf mosaic virus (MDMV)

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Maize dwarf mosaic virus (MDMV)

Minor Pest Description

Maize dwarf mosaic is a virus disease that occurs over all the sorghum producing areas. Its ability to cause damage is dependent on the presence of an over-seasoning virus host (mainly Johnson grass), aphid populations to facilitate virus transmission and the susceptibility of the varieties being grown.

Affected plants have mottled (light green blotches) terminal leaves. These alternate light- and darker-green areas in the leaf can be more easily seen when held between the viewer and a light source. Observers should always look at the newest leaves for the most severe symptoms. Highly susceptible hybrids are stunted with chlorotic symptoms in the upper leaves and suffer significant yield losses. Some hybrids produce a red leaf symptom when plants are infected and when night temperatures are below 13°C .

Minor Pest What to do.
  • Use resistant or tolerant hybrids.
  • Control Johnson grass in and around the field.
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Scientific Name

Maize dwarf mosaic virus (MDMV)

Pest Type
Host Plants

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