Agdia Releases ImmunoStrip® for Detection of Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV)

Symptoms of AMV infection on eggplant

Figure 1. Symptoms of AMV infection on eggplant Image courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

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Agdia, Inc. (Elkhart, IN), a leading provider of plant pathogen diagnostic products and services, is happy to announce the commercialization of a rapid, user-friendly product for detection of Alfalfa mosaic virus on their popular ImmunoStrip® platform.

Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) is the type member and singular species within the Alfamovirus genus, which is included in the Bromoviridae family with Bromovirus, Cucumovirus, Ilarvirus and Oleavirus genera.  Symptomology was first described in 1931 on alfalfa plants (Medicago sativa) in California, and AMV is now confirmed to infect more than 600 species of plants, causing significant crop losses in many.  Hosts include many economically important species within Amaranthaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Lamiaceae and Solanaceae, in addition to several weedy species common in regions of intensive agriculture and horticulture.  This virus is now widespread throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.