Economic Significance of Seed-Transmitted Plant Virus Diseases

  • K. Subramanya Sastry


The assessment of yield losses due to virus diseases is particularly difficult to estimate accurately both qualitatively and quantitatively. Yield losses are significantly greater when the plants are infected at early stages. Attempts were made to compile the available yield loss data due to seed-transmitted virus diseases in different crop plants. Increased yield losses would also result due to mixed infection of two or more viruses which exhibit synergistic effect. The extent of yield loss varies with the cultivar, stage of infection, virus strain and environmental factors. The yield loss estimates give the necessity of framing suitable virus management measures under field conditions and also stresses to develop resistant cultivars.


Yield Loss Seed Yield Cucumber Mosaic Virus Soybean Mosaic Virus Barley Stripe Mosaic Virus 


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  • K. Subramanya Sastry
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  1. 1.Department of VirologyS.V. UniversityTirupathiIndia

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