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Bean pod mottle

Area of impact: Leaves and pods

Description: Yellowish mottling of young leaves. In severe cases leaves become distorted. Under moisture stress pod formation can be reduced.

Pathogen involved: Virus

Timing/Conditions: Can occur all season long but the virus prefers cool temperatures.

Contributing factors: The presence of bean leaf beetles because they spread the virus. Bean pod mottle is also associated with green stem syndrome and can interact with soybean mosaic virus to cause severe damage.

Management practices: Currently there are no effective management practices for this virus. It is uncertain whether controlling bean leaf beetle populations with insecticide is effective.

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