Agriculture: Potato Pest Management Guidelines

Cucumber Mosaic

  • Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV)
  • Symptoms and Signs

    Cucumber mosaic appears as a chlorosis and blistering mottle of leaves. Margins of leaves are wavy. Intense yellow flecks may develop over the leaf surface. Plants are stunted.

    Comments on the Disease

    Cucumber mosaic virus infects many crops and weeds. The virus is transmitted by many species of aphids. The disease is only an economical problem in potato when potatoes are planted next to or in the immediate vicinity of another crop heavily infested with the virus and aphids. Cucumber mosaic is an occasional problem in Kern County in potatoes planted near blackeye bean fields that harbor the virus.

    Management

    Do not plant potatoes near crops heavily infested with aphids and infected with cucumber mosaic virus.

    Text Updated: 03/19