Dutch Growers Continue to Improve Quality on Hosta Production

September 03, 2007
Written by Plant Publicity Holland
Dutch perennial growers, exporters and the Naktuinbouw, the Dutch quality inspection service for horticulture are in the process improving the quality of Hosta production in order to solve the problems related to Hosta Virus X.


Dutch perennial growers, exporters and the Naktuinbouw, the Dutch quality inspection service for horticulture are in the process improving the quality of Hosta production in order to solve the problems related to Hosta Virus X.

Growers now submit their Hosta stock to Naktuinbouw, the independent inspection service, where the ELISA test is used to determine whether or not the hostas are infected with Hosta virus X. The ELISA test uses antibodies to seek out the virus’ presence in the plants and was developed specifically to detect Hosta Virus X.

The Dutch understand the importance of exporting clean plants and exporters are now able to ask their suppliers for ELISA test results as a guarantee that they are shipping only top quality plant material At the same time, growers are able to use these test results to ensure the quality of their replanting stock.

Hosta Virus X has appeared in Hosta plants since 2004. Plants that become infected with the disease must be destroyed and it can often take  years for symptoms to show. This means that even symptom-free plants in infected batches are considered infected and can act as carriers for the disease.

–Plant Publicity Holland

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