What to Look For

Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV): Desi chickpeas show shoot tip necrosis combined with chlorosis and reddening of the leaf margin. Kabuli chickpeas show yellowing and necrosis of tips and stunting of plants.

Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV): Desi show chlorosis, reddening and stunting of plants and Kabuli show chlorosis and yellowing of leaves and stunting of plants, (Figure 10.3).

Bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV): Desi show apical necrosis and reddening, plant stunting and premature senescence. Kabuli show apical necrosis and chlorosis and plant stunting and premature senescence.

Pea seed-borne mosaic virus (PSbMV): Chlorosis on new shoots, mottling of leaves, down curling of leaves and plant stunting.

Beet western yellows virus (BWYV): chlorosis and yellowing of whole plant and stunting in Kabuli chickpea, (Figure 10.4) and purple leaves in Desi chickpea, (Figure 10.5). Early infected plants die.

Figure 10.3 Yellow tip symptoms of CMV in kabuli chickpea

Figure 10.4 BWYV symptoms in kabuli chickpea

Figure 10.5 BWYV symptoms in desi chickpea