The Rose Rosette Disease is a growing concern to our Oklahoma rose gardeners. Read the OSU Cooperative Extension Fact Sheets (EPP-7329) on the RRD disease cycle, characteristics, and management of the disease.
"The disease is caused by a plant virus, the rose rosette virus (RRV). This virus cannot be transmitted by sap; it is only transmitted by grafting or eriophyid mites, This mite is microscopic and tends to hide in buds, at the base of shoots, leaf axils or under leaf scars. The mite acquires RRV when it feeds on infected plants.
The mites crawl short distances on rose plants, but they can be carried further distances by wind currents, blowing to new roses.
Mites can also be carried to new sites on gloves, clothing and tools."
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