EVALUATION OF VIRUS DISEASES OF COMMERCIAL CARNATIONS IN CALIFORNIA
These studies suggest that an effective ELISA indexing program and appropriate sanitation measures could effectively control the incidence of these viruses in commercial plantings. A control program, however, based solely on detection of known viruses by serology carries some risk. We report here the preliminary identification of a viroid-like RNA associated with plants exhibiting a leafcurl and stunting syndrome. Clearly, other approaches in addition to ELISA must be utilized to ensure a clean stock program.