Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Disease Control Alternatives Identified

Scientists at the Spanish Council of Scientific Research have identified two alternatives to insecticides for control of tomato yellow leaf curl disease (TYLCD), reports The American Phytopathological Society. Field and greenhouse trials over three consecutive years revealed that protecting tomato crops with UV-blocking plastics led to reduced TYLCD damage. Researchers also found that the application of a salicylic acid analogue to strengthen tomato plant defenses was effective in reducing TYLCD-associated losses, and they recommend that commercial growers combine the two control practices.