Yellowing viruses of sugarbeet

PI: Dr. Wulf Menzel

Diseases of sugar beet caused by insect-transmitted viruses have been controlled by use of neonicotinoid insecticides applied as seed trenches. Because of growing concerns over their environmental impact, in particular to bee populations, those insecticides have been banned leaving the fate of sugarbeet infecting viruses uncertain. 
We study virus diseases of sugarbeet in various agricultural environments of the European sugarbeet production.    

International networks

PI: Dr. Wulf Menzel

The DSMZ Plant Virus Collecton is part of an European consortium Q-bank to provide information on EU regulated and other important plant pests and diseases including plant viruses and viroids. Q-bank is hosted by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) and supports diagnostic activities of national plant protection organizations, general inspection bodies, and private laboratories by providing data on species and strains available in collections.