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New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast Stresses Importance of Widespread Cotton Virus Detection to Prevent Epidemics

November 2nd, 2015

Memphis, TN -- Viral diseases can have a tremendous impact on cotton quality and overall yield. Rather than waiting for diseases to establish or flourish, ag professionals need to closely understand their prevalence and behavior.

A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Detection of Virus Diseases of Cotton” provides cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts with an overview of how systematic sampling can help identify the prevalence and movement of cotton diseases, as well as aid in disease treatment and the overall prevention of epidemics.

This 10-minute talk by Akhtar Ali, Associate Professor of Plant Virology at The University of Tulsa, provides information about:

  • Symptoms associated with viral diseases of cotton
  • Common viral strains which greatly impact productivity and yield
  • Behavior of viruses and the role of pests in transmission
  • Survey results from cotton fields in Oklahoma and Texas

This webcast is available through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located at the Plant Management Network. ‘Focus on Cotton’ contains nearly 30 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management. These talks--freely accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-- cover agronomic practices, crop protection, and ag engineering.  This resource also features a new and improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers. All of these resources are freely available courtesy of Cotton Incorporated at


Contact: Phil Bogdan, Plant Management Network, 651-994-3859, pbogdan [at] scisoc [dot] org or Stacey Gorman, The Cotton Board, 870-226-1445, sgorman [at] cottonboard [dot] org

About Plant Management Network:  All subscription-based information on the Plant Management Network website can be accessed for one low $39 annual subscription fee. Plant Management Network,, is a cooperative not-for-profit resource for the applied agricultural and horticultural sciences. Together with more than 80 partners, which include land-grant universities, scientific societies, and agribusiness, PMN publishes quality, applied, and science-based information for the practitioner. 

About the Cotton Board: The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Funded by America’s cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the Program’s research and promotion activities are conducted worldwide by Cotton Incorporated, the Cotton Board’s sole-source contracting organization, to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton.

The Cotton Research & Promotion Program continues to work in all areas of cotton’s pipeline – from the field to the consumer – to keep cotton the number one fiber choice in the U.S. For more information about the Cotton Board and the innovative activities stemming from the Program, visit

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