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Occurrence of Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) in Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) Growing Areas of Bagalkot, District of Karnataka

Tejashwini NK1*, Ambika DS1, Basavarajappa MP1, Venkateshalu2, Rudresh DL3 and Shashikanth Evoor4

1Department of Plant Pathology College of Horticulture, Bagalkot, India

2Department of Entomology College of Horticulture, Bagalkot, India

3Department of Natural Resource Management College of Horticulture, Bagalkot, India

4Department of Vegetable College of Horticulture, Bagalkot, India

*Corresponding Author:
Tejashwini NK
Department of Plant Pathology
College of Horticulture, Bagalkot, India
Tel: 9964877788
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: July 17, 2019 Accepted Date: July 30, 2019 Published Date: August 06, 2019

Citation: Tejashwini NK, Ambika DS, Basavarajappa MP, Venkateshalu, Rudresh DL, et al. (2019) Occurrence of Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) in Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) Growing Areas of Bagalkot, District of Karnataka. Res J Plant Pathol Vol. 2 No.1: 10

Copyright: © 2019 Tejashwini NK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Cucumber mosaic virus; Aphids; Disease incidence


Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is one of the most popular and widely cultivated warm season vegetable crop belong to Cucurbitaceae family. Out of 118 genera and 825 species of Cucurbitaceae, 36 genera and 100 species are found in India [1]. In Karnataka cucumber occupies an area of 8660 hectare and production of 146,020 metric tonnes. The major cucumber growing districts are Bagalkot, Bangalore rural, Belgaum, Bellary, Bidar, Chikballapur, Dharwad, Hassan, Haveri, Koppal, Mandya, Ramanagara [2]. In 100 g of salad cucumber contain 95% water, 67 kilojoules, 16% vitamin K. It also contains high levels of cucurbitacin, which may help to prevent cancer by stopping cancer cells proliferating and surviving [3]. The lower production of the crop is due to several diseases most important among them are the viral diseases like, Cucumber Mosaic disease (CMV), Watermelon Mosaic Disease (WMV), Zucchini Yellow Mosaic disease (ZYMV), Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) and Potato Virus-Y (PVY) [4] causing problem in cucumber production and productivity. Among which CMV occurring worldwide with a wider host range and causing yield loss up to 100% [5]. Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) belongs to genus Cucumovirus in the family Bromoviridae. CMV is icosahedral, tripartite positive single-stranded positive sense RNA genome (RNAs 1, 2 and 3) [6]. It is transmitted by more than 60 aphid species in a nonpersistent manner [1]. Additionally, CMV can also transmitted by vector, mechanical means, grafting, seeds and dodder [7,8]. Therefore, it was required to conduct a roving survey for incidence of cucumber mosaic virus in cucumber growing areas.

Materials and Methods

A roving survey was carried out during 2018-19 in 6 taluks of Bagalkot districts viz., Badami, Bagalkot, Bilagi, Hungund, Jamakhandi and Mudhol for the prevalence of cucumber mosaic virus in cucumber. A minimum 4 village in each taluk were selected for observation. The details of surveyed places, stage of the crop, number of aphids in top 3 leaves and per cent disease incidence (PDI) were recorded (Table 1). In each field per cent disease incidence, total plants and infected plants in randomly selected rows were counted and used to calculate PDI using the formula [9].


Sl. No. Taluk Village Stage crop Other Aphids population in top Per cent disease incidence (%)
1 Badami Jammankatti Vegetative Maize grown as border crop 30.4 13.33
    Mahakoota Harvesting - 11.2 57.57
    Nagaral (S.B) Flowering - 18.4 60
    Neerkerur Harvesting - 12.4 51.42
Mean 18.1 49.58
2 Bagalkot Honnakatti Vegetative Cluster bean grown as mixed crop 8.9 30
    Halevirapur Harvesting Sorghum 16 28.57
    Haveli Harvesting - 16.8 46.66
    Tulasigeri Harvesting - 15.6 50.79
Mean 14.33 39
3 Bilagi Anagwadi Flowering - 12 28.57
    Bilagi TP Flowering - 20.4 66.66
    Kundaragi Flowering Mixed crop with sugarcane, Maize 19.2 44
    Yadahalli Flowering Maize grown as intercrop 18 40
Mean 17.4 44.8
4 Hungund Amingad Vegetative - 13.5 30.3
    Dhannur Harvesting - 10.4 40
    Hungund Harvesting - 23.2 44
    Kelur Harvesting - 15.6 50
Mean 15.68 41.07
5 Jamakhandi Kannoli Harvesting Black sheet mulching 10.4 44.44
    Navalagi Vegetative Black sheet mulching, Maize boarder crop 9.4 18.18
    Teradala Vegetative Mixed crop with methi, okra, coriander 14 50
    Tungal Flowering Black sheet mulching 9.2 35.29
Mean 10.75 29.5
6 Mudhol Belagali Vegetative Black sheet mulching, yellow sticky traps 12.8 19
    Malali Flowering - 15.8 39
    Mugalkhod Harvesting Black sheet mulching 12.2 26
    Nagaral Vegetative Maize grown as intercrop 14.4 34
Mean 13.8 36.97

Table 1: Survey for the incidence of mosaic virus disease in cucumber in major growing areas of Bagalkot district.

The aphid’s population were also recorded from top 3 leaves of randomly selected 5 plants during survey. From each field, 10 leaves which shown various symptoms were collected in polythene bags and brought to the laboratory for testing presence of CMV virus through ELISA.


The cucumber fields observed during survey was shown the different symptoms of CMV viz., young leaves shown small greenish mosaic patches, dark green mottling, leaf distortion, crinkling, down ward curling of leaves and stunting of plants. On fruits dark green warts with pale green fruits, misshaping, reduction in size and there is a final reduction in market value of fruits (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Symptoms of cucumber mosaic virus observed on cucumber during survey. (A) Growing leaves showing mosaic symptoms (B) Dark green warts on pale green fruits (C) Aphis gossypii population on leaf and (D) Farmers growing maize as border and using yellow sticky traps.

Results and Discussion

Percent disease incidence

A total of twenty-two villages were surveyed in the period of 2018-19 to record disease incidence and aphids population in cucumber growing area of 6 taluks of Bagalkot district. The severity of CMV incidence in Bagalkot district, varied from 13-66%. The highest disease incidence was seen in Badami taluk (49.58%), followed by Bilagi (44.80%), Hunagund (41.07%), Bagalkot taluk (39.00%), Mudhol (36.97%) and least incidence recorded in Jamakhandi (29.50%). Overall the Bagalkot district has shown the 40.15% of CMV disease incidence. A total of 240 leaf samples collected during survey out of which only 169 samples shown positive results to DAS-ELISA.

Revadi and Patil [10] conducted survey for the incidence of CMV during 2014-15 in 4 districts of North Karnataka. The highest CMV recorded in Dharwad (27.22%), followed by Haveri (26.79%), Belagavi (26.66%) and lowest in Bagalkot (24.69%) in kharif season. In Iran during 2005-06, Bananej and Vahdat [11] collected 289 CMV symptomatic cucumber leaf sample in open field for virus detection of which 95 samples show positive result by DAS-ELISA.

The highest mean incidence of CMV (51.76%) was recorded in harvesting stage, followed by flowering stage (44.78%) and vegetative state (24.13%). The disease incidence increased with age of crop because the infected plants served as source for further spread (Table 2). Revadi and Patil [10] were also observed the highest mean incidence of CMD (23.50%) in cucumber at harvesting stage compared to flowering stage (20.49%) during survey.

Stage of crop % Disease incidence
Vegetative 24.13
Flowering 44.78
Harvesting 51.76

Table 2: Disease incidence based on stages of crop in Bagalkot district.

Aphids population

During survey the maximum number of aphids population were observed in Badami (18.10) followed by Bilagi (17.40), Hunagund (15.68), Bagalkot (14.33), Mudhol (13.80) and minimum in Jamakhandi (10.75). The lower aphids population in Mudhol and Jamakhandi taluks because the farmers in these area are adopting recommended management practices like growing maize of 2-3 lines as a border crops around the field, as well as intercrop, standing yellow sticky traps and using silver reflective mulching sheet for growing cucumber, which help to reduce aphid population and spread of aphid transmitting viruses. The aphids were attracted by yellow colour of yellow sticky sheets. The silver reflective mulches will reflect short wave length light which confuses the incoming alate aphids, resulting in reduction of number of aphids alighting on plants (Narayanasamy) [12].


Cucumber mosaic virus is one of the most wide spread viral disease with wider host range. With the adaptation of recommended management practice for the management of aphids the viral disease incidence and spread can be reduced.


A special thanks to Dr. Ambika, D. S., Bharama, A., Kavya, B. M. for the help during survey and farmers for their co-operation in explaining about crop.


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