May 1, 1980
A description is presented of a simplified procedure for the serological diagnosis of plant viruses which utilizes the high sensitivity of the latex test. Small pieces of the plant examined are soaked in a drop of water, buffer, or directly in the sensibilized antiserum. Following the reaction with the antiserum the virus is evidenced by visual evaluation of the presence of agglutination. The procedure is applicable for routine serological diagnosis; it demonstrates even small virus concentrations and is as reliable as the normal procedure of the latex test. Using this simplified procedure the following viruses were demonstrated in various host plants: X-, Y-, S-, and M-virus of potato, the carnation mottle virus, and the tomato bushy stunt virus.