VIRUS CONTROL BY FLAME OR HEAT: Control by Heat Treatment

Ailments Orchid Doctor

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin about 4 years ago.

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While heat-treating sugar cane before planting should work to inactivate the virus, no one has applied it to orchids successfully. A74-502; has been tried by Lawson at Beltsville. OWD
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