Research examines virus infection's differing effects on plants, insects - | Plant health |

Tyler Sharp: Kansas State University plant pathologist Dorith Rotenberg and two students research why virus infection has differing effects on plants and insects.


Tomato spotted wilt virus is classified as a persistently propagative virus, which allows the virus to replicate inside the plant and insect. Thrips spreads the disease to plants by feeding on the leafy surfaces. The virus enters through the digestive tract of the insect and then replicates inside epithelial cells, which absorb nutrients.