Characteristics of potato virus Y

What is the potato virus Y?

The  potato virus Y (PVY) virus is a disease of plants of a viral nature.

To which plants does the  potato virus Y affect?

It is a virus that infects Solanaceae such as potatoes, peppers and tomatoes or other wild herbs of the same family.

How does the virus Y of the potato manifest itself?

potato leaf
Potato leaf with potato virus Y

The most characteristic symptoms are:

  • The mottling of the leaves.
  • Wrinkled leaves
  •  Spots on the nerves or death of the tissues surrounding the nerves
  • Necrosis of leaf petioles
  • In more serious cases, the complete drying of the leaf, which usually remains hanging dry from the stem.
  • Necrosis of the branches and premature fall of the fruits

How is the potato virus Y transmitted?

The transmission occurs through aphids and by contact with contaminated hands or tools

How is the virus Y of the potato treated?

  • It has no treatment.
  • There are also no resistant varieties to this type of virus, so it is necessary to adopt an adequate prevention to prevent infection.

How to prevent viral diseases of plants?

  • Clean your  hands and disinfect your clothes and tools (Introduce them for half an hour in a 3% preparation of trisodium phosphate. You can also use soap and water
  • Dip your hands in milk while handling the seedlings for the microorganisms to  get stuck in it .
  • Eliminate infected plants as soon as possible.
  • Clean your hands before handling healthy plants.

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This article was endorsed by Julián Masats - Technical agricultural engineer specialized in horticulture and gardening.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

23 May, 2024

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