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Alvaro Santos Costa

Álvaro Santos Costa, Brazilian plant pathologist (Sorocaba, São Paulo State 09 January 1912 –Campinas, São Paulo State 18 August 1998)
 
 
ACHIEVEMENTS
Considered as one of leading plant virologists in the world
 
Authored about 100 papers
 
Performed classical and pioneer studies on survey, identification, characterization and epidemiological studies of viruses affecting horticultural crops
 
Identified carrot motley dwarf virus
 
Described bean golden mosaic disease (1965)
 
Described Colletotrichum gossypii South var. cephalosporioides, the fungus that causes ramulosis disease of cotton (1935-6)
 
Described cassava vein mosaic disease (1940)
 
Described tomato yellow top virus (1949)

Described Brazilian tomato curly top vírus (1949) with C.W. Bennett
 

With C.W. Bennett described Euphorbia mosaic bigeminivirus (1950)


Described cotton anthocyanosis virus (1956)


First to report tomato spotted wilt virus in groundnut (1941)

 
Identified papaya ringspot virus as the limiting production factor for papaya
 
Discovered that degeneration of strawberry culture was due to the accumulation of at least four different viruses compounded by continuous vegetative propagation
 
Characterized virus and phytoplasma diseases of cassava and demonstrated that  the Brazilian and African cassava mosaics were caused by different viruses
 
Authored pioneering work on whitefly-transmitted diseases in several cultivated and wild plants
 
With T.J. Grant discovered mild strains of citrus tristeza virus (1951) and with G.W. Mueller used it for cross protection against severe strains
 

With F.M. do Nascimento & H.E. Borges discovered that bronzy of cotton plant is due to a mite (1955)


Described the morphology of virus tristeza

With D.M. Silva, A.R. Oliveira, G.W. Muller e E. K. Watanabe. Thread-like particles associated with tristeza disease of citrus. Nature 201:1011-2, 1964 

With E.W. Kitajima & J.A. Betti. Strawberry veinbanding vírus, a member of the cauliflower mosaic group. J. Gen. Virol. 20:117-8, 1973


With C.M. Franco. A virus technique useful to diagnose foliar deficiencies. Plant Physiol. 26:6250-8, 1951


With Krug described purple bud of White potato (1937)

 

Uma anomalia das folhas do mamoeiro. O Biológico 7(10):285-6, 1941


With A.R. Lima & R. Forster. Necrose branca, uma moléstia de virus do fumo (Nicotiana tabacum L.) e “fumo” como sintoma tardio. J. Agron. S. Paulo 3:1-26, 1940


With R. Forster. Nota preliminar sobre uma nova moléstia de vírus do algodoeiro. Mosaico das nervuras. Rev. Agric. 13:187-91, 1938  


Found Pernambuco witches broom (1977)


With E.W. Kitajima observed Santa Barbara do Rio Pardo (1969)

  

 

HONORS

Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1957)

Award of Merit, American Phytopathological Society (1972)
 
 

LINKS 

http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/pdf/10.1094/PHYTO.1999.89.2.112