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Deadly plant disease threatens nation’s $250M rose business

In this scanning electron microscopy image, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service, the tiny mite that carries the virus for rose rosette disease is pictured in a black and white photo dated Oct. 16, 2016. The mite is roughly half as long as a grain of salt, too small to see with the naked eye. (USDA\ARS Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit, Beltsville, Maryland via AP) OKSO307 OKSO307

An incurable virus is causing major damage to the nation’s $250-million-a-year rose business. The virus, spread by wind-blown mites about half the length of a grain of salt, has been found in at least 30 states.  VIEW

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