Temperature and Alternative Hosts Influence Aceria tosichella Infestation and Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus Infection

Plant Dis. 2018 Mar;102(3):546-551. doi: 10.1094/PDIS-06-17-0782-RE. Epub 2018 Jan 11.


Wheat streak mosaic, caused by Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV; family Potyviridae), is the most important and common viral disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in the Great Plains of North America. WSMV is transmitted by the wheat curl mite (WCM; Aceria tosichella). We evaluated how mean daily temperatures, cumulative growing degree-days, day of the year, and surrounding alternative host identity affected WCM infestation and WSMV infection of wheat from late summer through early autumn in Montana, United States. Cumulative growing degree-days, warm mean daily temperatures (i.e., >10°C), and surrounding alternative hosts interacted to alter risk of WCM infestation and WSMV infection. Wheat surrounded by Bromus tectorum L. and preharvest volunteer wheat had WCM infestation and WSMV infection rates of 88% in years when the mean daily temperature was 15°C in October, compared with 23% when surrounded by bare ground, and <1% when the temperature was 0°C regardless of surrounding alternative host. Mean daily temperatures in the cereal-growing regions of Montana during autumn are marginally conducive to WCM population growth and movement. As the region continues to warm, the period of WCM movement will become longer, potentially increasing the frequency of WSMV outbreaks.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bromus / parasitology
  • Bromus / virology
  • Mites / virology*
  • Montana
  • Plant Diseases / parasitology
  • Plant Diseases / statistics & numerical data*
  • Plant Diseases / virology
  • Potyviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Seasons
  • Temperature
  • Triticum / parasitology*
  • Triticum / virology*

Supplementary concepts

  • Wheat streak mosaic virus