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Impatiens Necrotic Spot

Pathogens: Impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV) in the tospovirus group

(Reviewed 12/09, updated 12/09)

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Symptoms on plants infected with Impatiens necrotic spot virus include overall yellowing (chlorosis), dead (necrotic) spots on leaves or terminal shoots, and general stunting. Fruits show chlorotic spots, red or green areas surrounded by yellow halos, and concentric rings that may become necrotic. Symptoms are similar to those caused by another tospovirus, Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) (for more information on this virus, see TOMATO SPOTTED WILT).


In California, INSV is vectored primarily by western flower thrips. When nymphs acquire tospoviruses by feeding on infected plants, they will retain the ability to transmit the virus for the remainder of their lives. INSV has a host range that consists mostly of ornamentals and is not as broad as that of TSWV.


While spraying for the thrips vector will not prevent these virus diseases from occurring, growers should still attempt to manage thrips populations when possible.


[UC Peer Reviewed]

UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Peppers
UC ANR Publication 3460


S. T. Koike, UC Cooperative Extension, Monterey County
R. M. Davis, Plant Pathology, UC Davis
K. V. Subbarao, USDA Research Station, Salinas

Acknowledgment for contributions to Diseases:
B. W. Falk, Plant Pathology, UC Davis

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