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Using Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay to Identify Beet Leafhopper Populations Carrying Beet Curly Top Virus. D. L. Mumford, Plant Pathologist, U.S. Department of Agricultural, Agricultural Research Service, Utah State University, Logan 84322. Plant Dis. 66:940-941. Accepted for publication 13 February 1982. This article is in the public domain and not copyrightable. It may be freely reprinted with customary crediting of the source. The American Phytopathological Society, 1982. DOI: 10.1094/PD-66-940.

Beet leafhoppers carrying beet curly top virus acquired from feeding on infected plants or on extracts from infected plants were readily identified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results correlated very well with a bioassay consisting of caging leafhoppers individually on sugar beet seedlings and determining percentage of infection. This method was used to compare virus levels in field populations of beet leafhoppers.

Keyword(s): Circulifer tenellus.