Bean Pod Mottle

Guy Padgett  |  4/22/2013 11:57:15 PM

Bean pod mottle.

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Bean Pod Mottle
Melvin Newman
University of Tennessee


This disease caused by the bean pod mottle virus (BPMV), often occurs in combination with soybean mosaic virus. The virus is transmitted mainly by the feeding of certain insects, particularly the bean leaf beetle. The virus is not seed transmitted.

In the field, diseased plants show a mild yellow mottling on young actively growing leaves. As these leaves approach maturity the mottling becomes masked. Plants infected with both soybean mosaic and pod mottle are stunted, have distorted foliage, misshapen fruit, and necrotic tissue. Seed from plants infected with pod mottle are smaller than normal.

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