In the year AD 752 the Japanese empress KoKen wrote a poem about the beautiful yellow leaf of Eupatorium chinensis. This may well be the first description in literature of a plant virus disease. Nettlehead, a condition in hops, now known to be due to virus infection, was first described by Scot in 1574, but the earliest known pictorial records of plant viruses are the ‘broken’ or Rembrandt tulips often depicted in paintings from the 17th century Dutch school of art.
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