Virus Diseases of Cucurbits
Zitter, Thomas A.; Provvidenti, R.
Viruses are the most common causes of diseases affecting cucurbits in New York. These diseases result in losses through reduction in growth and yield and are responsible for distortion and mottling of fruit , making the product unmarketable. A complex of viruses is able to infect cucurbits, a plant group that includes cucumber, melon, squash, pumpkins, and watermelon. The most important viruses are cucumber mosaic (CMV), squash mosaic (SqMV), watermelon mosaic I (WMV-1), watermelon mosaic 2 (WMV-2), and zucchini yellow mosaic (ZYMV). With the exception of SqMV, which is seedborne in melon and transmitted by beetles, the other major viruses are transmitted by several aphid species in a nonpersistent manner.
NYS IPM Type: Vegetables IPM Fact Sheet
New York State IPM Program
Agricultural IPM; Vegetables; Cucurbits;