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Homo sapiens: The Superspreader of Plant Viral Diseases

Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy, Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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Academic Editors: Michael Goodin and Jeanmarie Verchot
Viruses 2020, 12(12), 1462;
Received: 20 November 2020 / Accepted: 15 December 2020 / Published: 17 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Virus Emergence)
Plant viruses are commonly vectored by flying or crawling animals, such as aphids and beetles, and cause serious losses in major agricultural and horticultural crops. Controlling virus spread is often achieved by minimizing a crop’s exposure to the vector, or by reducing vector numbers with compounds such as insecticides. A major, but less obvious, factor not controlled by these measures is Homo sapiens. Here, we discuss the inconvenient truth of how humans have become superspreaders of plant viruses on both a local and a global scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: plant viruses; viral vectors; plant diseases; virus spread plant viruses; viral vectors; plant diseases; virus spread
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Ranawaka, B.; Hayashi, S.; Waterhouse, P.M.; de Felippes, F.F. Homo sapiens: The Superspreader of Plant Viral Diseases. Viruses 2020, 12, 1462.

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Ranawaka B, Hayashi S, Waterhouse PM, de Felippes FF. Homo sapiens: The Superspreader of Plant Viral Diseases. Viruses. 2020; 12(12):1462.

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Ranawaka, Buddhini, Satomi Hayashi, Peter M. Waterhouse, and Felipe F. de Felippes. 2020. "Homo sapiens: The Superspreader of Plant Viral Diseases" Viruses 12, no. 12: 1462.

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