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Bele (Hibiscus) chlorotic ringspot (079)

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  • Widespread distribution. Tropics and sub-tropics of Asia, North and South America, Oceania. On  ornamental Hibiscus, and bele (aibika, sliperi kabis, island cabbage, Abelmoschus manihot). A minor disease.
  • Mottles and mosaics of pale of dark and light green throughout the younger leaves. Ring spots occur on Hibiscus but are rare on bele. Likely impact is low.
  • Spread is by cuttings, and possibly in sap.
  • Cultural control: virus-free tissue cultured plants (SPC CePaCT has some Pacific varieties); use seed if available. Seed will be unlike its parents, but it offers a way to have healthy plants and new varieties.
  • Chemical control: not appropriate for this disease.
Common Name

Hibiscus chlorotic ringspot

Scientific Name

Hibiscus chlorotic ringspot carmovirus

AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Information from CABI (2019) Hibiscus chlorotic ringspot carmovirus. Crop Protection Compendium. (

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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