Profit from pests
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Virus yellows, a leaf disease complex that is of economic importance in sugarbeet cultivation in many regions, is caused through viruses transmitted by aphids. The spread of aphids is favored by climate change and the accompanying mild winters.
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The difference between the healthy plants and virus yellows-infected plants is clearly visible. Virus infestation can lead to reduced sugar content in the beets and drastic yield losses.
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Using a fine paint brush, Monika Bartens, Research Technician Phytopathological Services, places single aphids on the bottom side of the leaves. After some time, the reproduction of the pests on beet plant can be examined.
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Brown rust plays an important role in cereal cultivation. For testing the resistance of different varieties to the fungal disease, Simone Lange, Research Technician Phytopathological Services, and Kerstin Krüger infect plants with the pathogen.
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Nematodes are important crop pests. Soil samples that Maren Kohlmorgen, Technical Assistant, evaluates in the laboratory, enable farmers to determine the infestation level of nematodes to make informed management decisions.