Colony establishment and maintenance of the eriophyid wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella for controlled transmission studies on a new virus-like pathogen. Academic Article uri icon


  • High plains disease (HPD) is of serious economic concern for wheat and corn production, but little is known about the virus-like causal agent. In the field, HPD is often associated with Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) and both pathogens are transmitted by the same eriophyid wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella Keifer. The objective of this study was to develop methods for establishing and maintaining HPD-transmitting wheat curl mite colonies for their use in studies on HPD. Towards this goal, mite colonies from a mixed infection source were separated into colonies either (i). not viruliferous; (ii). only transmitting WSMV; or (iii). only transmitting HPD. Maintenance of these colonies required strictly separated incubator facilities and adaptation of mite-suitable transfer techniques to permit frequent passages of mites to healthy plants. The established colonies provided reliable sources of infective material to study the progression of HPD and/or WSMV in plants using sensitive immuno-detection assays. In conclusion, we have developed reliable methods with a poorly studied arthropod vector to examine the biology and properties of a new virus-like disease.

published proceedings

  • J Virol Methods

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Skare, J. M., Wijkamp, I., Rezende, J., Michels, G., Rush, C., Scholthof, K., & Scholthof, H. B.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Skare, JM||Wijkamp, I||Rezende, J||Michels, G||Rush, C||Scholthof, K-BG||Scholthof, HB

publication date

  • March 2003