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Old 11-23-2011, 08:57 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is this true and typical BSV?

Originally Posted by Gabe15 View Post
BSV is an integrated virus, it is part of the banana DNA and cannot be cured by applying possibly deficient nutrients.
The reason for checking levels in the plant is so that you don't overdose them with copper and zinc based pesticides.

Originally Posted by venturabananas View Post
For clarification, I am pretty sure that there are non-integrated forms of BSV. In these cases, the viral DNA has not been inserted into the banana DNA. The non-integrated form can be spread my mealybugs (just like aphids can spread the BBT virus). But integrated forms of BSV can't be spread.
That's what I learned in the UC short course on tropical IPM.

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