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[mass noun] An aphid-borne virus disease of plum trees characterized by yellow blotches on the leaves and pockets of dead tissue in the fruit.
- ‘More than 100 million stone fruit trees in Europe are infected with plum pox, the most virulent strain of which was first discovered in the United States in 1999.’
- ‘Arboretum researchers recently used genetics to investigate plum pox virus, which spells trouble for the $1.3 billion stone fruit industry that includes plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and other ornamental relatives.’
- ‘For example, we picked up the one suspect fruit that had symptoms not dissimilar to plum pox, which was what triggered the full investigation.’
- ‘Determining the origin of plum pox virus is a critical step in eradicating this emerging disease that now threatens the $1.3 billion U.S. stone fruit industry.’
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