For the first time, a UW-Madison study has proven a crop-injuring Tospovirus can be passed from soybean seeds to plants, a finding with significant implications for soybean production around the world.
The landmark study shows the virus can spread from an infected seed lot to seedlings at a rate of 6%, which affects seed quality and reduces total oil content. Until now, Tospovirus transmission in this manner was unproven and thought unlikely.
Unchecked, the virus—called Soybean vein necrosis virus (SVNV)—could reduce the production of high quality, pathogen-free seed and soybean oil yields. To view the full article, please follow the link below: