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Dasheen Mosaic Virus Infecting Taro in People's Republic of China. F. W. Zettler, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville 32611. J. H. Tsai, H. C. Faan, C. Ke, and K. C. Lu. Professor, University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Fort Lauderdale 33314; Professor, Department of Plant Protection, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, Guangdong; Professor, Institute of Pomology, Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Fuzhou, Fujian, and Plant Pathologist, Department of Plant Protection, Zhejiang Agricultural University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, People's Republic of China. Plant Dis. 71:837-839. Accepted for publication 19 February 1987. Copyright 1987 The American Phytopathological Society. DOI: 10.1094/PD-71-0837.

Dasheen mosaic virus (DMV) was detected serologically in 52% of 139 taro (Colocasia esculenta) samples representing four important cultivars from the provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang, and Guangdong in the People's Republic of China. This virus was also detected in taro plants grown from corms purchased in Chinese markets in Hong Kong and in San Francisco, CA. Precipitin reactions with dasheen mosaic virus capsid and cylindrical inclusion antisera in immunodiffusion tests did not reveal differences between Chinese DMV isolates and DMV isolates from Florida, Egypt, Fiji, Nigeria, and Hawaii.

Keyword(s): Alocasia, cocoyam, Xanthosoma sp.