First report of a new crop virus in North America

9 abril 2015

Evidence of the new mastrevirus, tentatively named switchgrass mosaic-associated virus 1, has been discovered by researchers. Other members of the mastrevirus genus, a group of DNA viruses, are known to be responsible for decimating yields in staple food crops — including corn, wheat and sugarcane — throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. It has never been reported in North America.