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RE: Virus in hosta

  • Subject: RE: Virus in hosta
  • From: Len Phillips lenphillips@yahoo.com
  • Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 16:15:37 -0800 (PST)

Hi Mike,  Dutch Elm Disease is a virus that is spread by the Elm Leaf
Beetle.  Since the beetle only eats elm leaves and not hosta leaves, I
don't think you have to worry.  I'm told that the sawdust is not
considered a carrier of the virus.  

The sap on the other had is where the virus is located.  It functions by
blocking the phloem vessels on the youngest branches causing the leaves to
die from the lack of water.  While trees and hostas do have some similiar
characteristics in the leaves, they do not transport fluids in the same
manner, so it is very unlikely that your hostas would be infected.  Unless
there was a mutation of some sort .....

--- "Pinterics, Michael W (MED)" <Michael.Pinterics@med.ge.com> wrote:
> I'm wondering if there is any possible issue with trasmission of Dutch
> Elm Disease to Hosta?

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