What is HLVd?
Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) has become an ongoing concern for cultivators world wide in both Cannabis and Hemp industries. It is a single-stranded, circular infectious RNA of 256 nucleotides. Symptoms of this viral infection include; brittle stems, reduced flower / trichome mass, and decreased yield. Typically in the early growing stages these infected plants will often look asymptomatic and will only show visible symptoms in older plants. This is why sterile environments and early onset detection are vital for these plants.
How is HLVd Transmitted?
Transmission of HLVd is most commonly spread with non disinfected cultivativation instruments that have been infected from a previous plant. This is why in large greenhouses or cloning operations it leaves an immense opportunity for this viorid to spread. To help cultivators reduce this cycle, make sure to clean your equipment before moving to your next plant.
How Norgen Can Help Support You
The fast spread of this pathogen from plant to plant can be devastating without early detection methods. Therefore Molecular detection is required to accurately detect and employ remediation strategies for these challenging plant pathogens. RT-PCR is therefore the gold standard for early detection of HLVd to minimize spread to other plants. Norgen Biotek offers the most sensitive and streamlined procedure for purification of viroid RNA and detection of HLVd.
Let us and our growing supporters help you improve your plant's quality and minimize losses at each stage of the growth process.
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