Research is Revealing!

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I was tossing stuff from my email and came across an article on Rose Rosette Virus (RRV) research done by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Beltsville, Maryland.  Researchers discovered why the eriophyid mite, which transmits the RRV, is so hard to detect and control!  They identified the mite’s preferred “hiding spots” deep within rose flowers and leaf buds.  The article also had some great electron microscopy images of the rose bud mite (Phyllocoptes fructiphilus) mites and where they hang out in the roses.  Check out the full article at

Proliferation of thorns on rose infected by Rose Rosette Virus
Proliferation of thorns very indicative on a rose infected by Rose Rosette Virus