Hi all (esp. you Ted!),
Was reading the 2004 NZ Annual, and mulling a conversation I had with a concerned society member:
Is it possible to transmit yellow stripe virus from infected bulbs to good bulbs when shoveling out the infected ones, by means of having broken roots make contact?
In the NZ article, it mentions Dave Karnstedt’s contention that the virus can be transmitted by handling foliage.
So if you can transmit it via handling leaves, can you transmit it via root sap on your shovel?
Also, assuming that root sap carries virus, about how long would the virus(es) remain viable, either in the dirt on the shovel or in the roots left in the ground?
Enquiring minds want to know~