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Re: Variegation in Anthuriums ?

  • Subject: Re: Variegation in Anthuriums ?
  • From: "john s. smolowe" <johnsmolowe@pacbell.net>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 21:37:35 -0600 (CST)

Do the various common variegated Philodendrons and Monstera harbor viruses? Ie
are they safe in my collection?

John Smolowe

Julius Boos wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Celeste Whitlow <politicalamazon@charter.net>
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
> Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2002 5:32 PM
> Subject: Re: Variegation in Anthuriums ?
> Correct, this is the same story that I have heard.   The recomended
> 'treatment' for any aroid w/ this virus is to discard the infected plant.
> Good hygene by disinfecting pruners will also keep you collection clear.
> Remember at last IAS show in Miami (last Sept.) that there was an
> Amorphophallus sp. that showed symptoms of the virus which we rejected for
> the auction??
> Julius
> >>The way I understand it, viruses in plants are vector borne.  The vector
> for
> transmission of virus is, as mentioned, often chewing-type insects. However,
> another often overlooked route of virus transmission is the cutting done by
> humans with tainted pruners.
> So if one gets a plant with a virus, it is best to get rid of it
> immediately.  I think also that it would be wise for the near future, after
> the plant was destroyed, to dip pruners or any other cutting instruments in
> alcohol inbetween working with each plant.
> I don't think there is a way to get rid of a virus in a plant.  They don't
> make a plant antiviral treatment, to my knowledge.<<

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