09 Mar New viruses identified in the Flavescence Dorée Phytoplasma Vector Scaphoideus titanus
Scaphoideus titanus is the insect vector responsible for the epidemic spread of Flavescence dorée phytoplasma (FDp) in European vineyards. Control measures are mandatory in all the member states of the European Union where both the vector and FDp are present. Unfortunately, they rely mainly on large-scale insecticide treatments, with consequent harmful effects on human health and the environment. Researchers of the IPSP-CNR identified nine new viruses in Scaphoideus titanus individuals caught in the wild in Europe and in the USA. The possibility to exploit naturally occurring viruses as specific and targeted biocontrol agents of FDp could be the answer to increasing demand for a more sustainable viticulture. For more information, click here.