An elusive pathogen is damaging cannabis crops…
Viroids are not viruses but, rather, a plant-specific pathogenic RNA. HpLVd was first publicly announced in cannabis in California in 2019… testing for HpLVd is still not common practice in the marijuana or hemp industries.
The biggest challenge in controlling hop latent viroid is the “latent” nature of the viroid. It is possible for the pathogen to enter a production system and spread quietly while never showing any symptoms. I have seen many plants test positive but show no symptoms, even over time. This makes it difficult for growers to quantify the problems associated with the viroid infection, and any deleterious effects of the infection will be blamed on genetics, fertility or insect/spray damage.
Original Article (MJDailyBiz):
An elusive pathogen is damaging cannabis crops… here’s how to stop it
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