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Old 06-12-2012, 03:29 PM
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What pathogenic viruses are common in orchids?

I see that Agdia sells Tobacco Mosaic virus Immuno test strip ($105/25 strips). They say that this can probably also detect Odontoglossum Ringspot virus.

Are there other manufacturers of plant virus test kits? What viruses should be tested for?

Edit:
I see that Agdia also has a test strip for Cymbidium Mosaic virus and Odontoglossum Ringspot virus ($120/25 strips).

Edit:
Here is a link to an AOS page that discusses orchid viruses and testing:
Orchid Viruses

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:34 PM
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The Agdia testing kits can be useful if you feel that your plant have symptoms of virus infestation.

Testing is the only sure way to know if your plant has a virus.

The best thing to do is send samples of your plant to a reputable lab in your area(usually botany department in a local University). It is also cheaper, you get results in a day.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:53 PM
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The best thing to do is send samples of your plant to a reputable lab in your area(usually botany department in a local University). It is also cheaper, you get results in a day.
Really, can you provide any details - where and what cost?
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:59 PM
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The Agdia testing kits can be useful if you feel that your plant have symptoms of virus infestation.

Testing is the only sure way to know if your plant has a virus.
These statements don't seem to say much. First, are you saying that the Agdia test strips are not useful if one's plants do not have virus symptoms? But then you say that the only sure way to know is to test. At best, your statements nullify one another.
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I dont know the costs...you have to find it out for yourself
Here are the infos:

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Franklin Botanical Lab Inc
19151 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA
(818) 725-2586


(UCLA Biologist/botanist)

Richard Zimmer
Professor

email: z@biology.ucla.edu
phone: (310) 206-4981
fax: (310) 206-3987
office: Botany 212A
lab: Botany second floor
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A link to another relevant AOS page:
http://www.aos.org/images/img_conten...ting_Virus.pdf
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Testing is the only way to say that your plant has virus....looking at pictures in the net doesnt cut it...sometimes it tests negative

Agdia is a quick testing but limited to a few virus...you can also test healthy looking plants and find it positive with this testing kit....

so...

speculation is not efficient...its best to get your samples to a lab
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I dont know the costs...you have to find it out for yourself
Here are the infos:

(for commercial lab)


Franklin Botanical Lab Inc
19151 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA
(818) 725-2586


(UCLA Biologist/botanist)

Richard Zimmer
Professor

email: z@biology.ucla.edu
phone: (310) 206-4981
fax: (310) 206-3987
office: Botany 212A
lab: Botany second floor
But you said you knew that this would be cheaper than using Agdia test strips, now you say you have no knowledge. It seems like you were just making up words with your 1st post in this thread.
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Testing is the only way to say that your plant has virus....looking at pictures in the net doesnt cut it...sometimes it tests negative

Agdia is a quick testing but limited to a few virus...you can also test healthy looking plants and find it positive with this testing kit....

so...

speculation is not efficient...its best to get your samples to a lab
Again, you now deny what you said in your 1st post.
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:16 PM
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I have tested a couple of plants I thought had virus...and that was to years ago...I dont know the rates now...but I say the labs are cheaper than the $10 each of Agdia(I dont know maybe its now more expensive since $10 was 2 yrs ago)

I gave you infos of the latest google I found a couple of min ago...I think you can find them better yourself since you are in LA and I am in NYC

I didnt mean to confuse you...
sorry if you read my writing as conflicting

testing is the only way to ascertain virus
looking at the pictures is not efficient since you are easily confused.

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