The Virus and the Tulip

Do you know what is the origin of the striped tulips?

This kind of tulip has not a natural origin.

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In the seventeenth century, Holland became rich through trade tulips. These flowers have smooth corollas, but inoculating a virus, a listed pattern was obtained.

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This pattern was very valued and appreciated. In Western Europe it was known that a viral infection produced this pattern since 1576.

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The Tulip breaking virus is a member of the family Potyviridae that infects the bulb.

Striped tulips still very appreciated. Did you never see the book cover of a famous saga?

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