Scientific name: Tobamovirus virus group
Native range: First documented in the United Kingdom in 1935
Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus is a regulated pathogen that is being eradicated from California.
Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus has been an issue for cucurbits in many areas of the world including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The first finds of this pathogen in North America were in California (watermelon fields) and Alberta (greenhouse cucumbers) during 2013. This pathogen has never been documented in Minnesota.
Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus infects cucurbit crops including cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Infected plants may drop their fruit, and remaining fruit will likely be stunted. Plants, seedlings and seeds may be infected, and the virus is easily transmitted between plants in a variety of ways.
Symptoms of infected plants vary but include leaf spots, chlorosis, necrosis, abnormal growth and/or stunted growth. Identification of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus would require laboratory testing.
There are a number of other viruses affecting cucurbits that will have similar symptomatology including cucumber mosaic virus, squash mosaic virus, watermelon mosaic virus and zucchini yellow mosaic virus. There are also other pathogens as well as other factors that may result in similar symptoms.
The University of Minnesota’s website, “What’s wrong with my plant?,” is a great resource for help determining common problems of plants.
Host Plants and Impact - Minnesota has about 200 growers of cucurbits, including cucumber, melons, and pumpkins. In addition, these are highly popular crops to grow in household and community gardens.
The University of Minnesota Plant Diagnostic Clinic is available to test samples of unknown plant problems.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is monitoring for cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in vegetable gardens and farms through our urban pathway survey during 2016. Contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture via Arrest the Pest if you suspect an infestation of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in Minnesota.
Last Updated: August 19, 2016