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Rose Rosette Project Forges Ahead

Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Rose Rosette ProjectOften called America’s favorite flower, and indeed our national flower, the rose is undeniably a garden staple in the U.S. Roses are highly revered: countless poems and songs have been dedicated to them, and they have become a symbol of affection and love. They also have various disease challenges. Black spot and powdery mildew are historically the most common diseases, but rose rosette disease (RRD) is quickly becoming recognizable as a rose problem across the country. RRD is an incurable disease on Rosa species caused by a virus. Once infected, roses must be destroyed to avoid further spread.

In 2014, $4.6 million was awarded to a team for a comprehensive, five-year research project on combating RRD. The team consists of researchers from Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, and is a mix of university and USDA affiliates. Early results from their efforts are emerging.

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